Straight up, you're an asshole if you're using your phone during a movie. It's distracting and annoying. Our eyes are immediately taken away from the screen and are now focused on your glowing rectangle. It's rude and inconsiderate. However, if someone is using their phone during a movie, do not call 911 to report it. First of all, it's an abuse of power and you're wasting a resource that may actually be needed at the moment for, you know, real crimes and such. Second of all, you're now a narc. Nobody likes a narc, no matter what 21 Jump Street might have taught you.
Well, this is exactly what happened during the Toronto International Film Festival last night. According to Variety, film blogger Alex Billington, after alerting theater management that texting and other phone use was occurring during a film screening, called the police. The 911 dispatcher did what any sensible 911 dispatcher would do given the opportunity - they laughed at his silly ass. Billington then took to Twitter to air out his complaints and concerns that the film was being pirated.
Ok, Johnny Crimestopper, relax. We thank you for your noble intent to combat film piracy, but DON'T CALL 911.
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You can read the entire Variety article here.
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