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Annoying cellphone users beware: Don't mess with Kevin Williamson.

The National Review writer is being hailed on the Web as a mini-hero after he exacted vengeance on an annoying theatergoer who wouldn't stop using her cellphone during a live performance.

His final act: He snatched the phone from the theatergoer's hands and threw it across the theater.

"Theater Night: Vigilantes 1, Vulgarians 0," Williamson wrote in a National Review column the day after the incident.

Williamson was in attendance at Tuesday night's performance of "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812," a critically acclaimed, cabaret-style musical loosely based on a section of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace." The play is performed inside a huge carnival tent erected next to the Standard High Line, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Manhattan's trendy meatpacking district. Theatergoers sit at tables clustered throughout the room.

Williamson said he was thoroughly enjoying the play but was bothered by some members of the audience sitting near him who insisted on talking and using their cellphones during the performance.

According to Williamson:

"It was bad enough that I seriously considered leaving during the intermission, something I
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Give this man the Noble Peace Prize.
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Police and security should be fully authorized to confiscate cell phones being inappropriately used. :)
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he's lucky the phone didn't hit anyone in the head after he threw it wrecklessly
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[quote name='timster' timestamp='1369003861' post='595698888']
he's lucky the phone didn't hit anyone in the head after he threw it wrecklessly
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Do you know if he threw it 'recklessly'? Or are you assuming he didn't look first? One should take care with assumptions.
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[quote name='Tweaky Nippleton' timestamp='1369004260' post='595698902']
Do you know if he threw it 'recklessly'? Or are you assuming he didn't look first? One should take care with assumptions.
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throwing anything in a crowded location is pretty wreckless

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^ Including your voice. ;)

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[quote name='timster' timestamp='1369004361' post='595698906']
throwing anything in a crowded location is pretty wreckless
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So, just assuming then. Gotcha.

Williamson should get a medal from the mayor for this. Doesn't look like the woman ever filed charges. Probably she knows she was in the wrong and doesn't want anyone to know who she is to ridicule her, now that the whole world knows what happened. Justice done right.
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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1369003368' post='595698872']
Police and security should be fully authorized to confiscate cell phones being inappropriately used. :)
[/quote]Though a little extreme, I do sort of agree.

How hard is it to turn off your phone? If you're a person on call in some medical, or other equally important role, then ok, but in the UK that's not really frowned upon if the said person leaves upon recieving the call (for all I know, there was an emergency and the user has been asked to come into work on their day off) <-- Example only

The general population that do not have those types of commitments should turn off their devices, or at least put them on silent and silent text, (just to meet halfway is nothing else)

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[quote name='Dushmany' timestamp='1369005834' post='595698948']
The general population that do not have those types of commitments should turn off their devices, or at least put them on silent and silent text, (just to meet halfway is nothing else)
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or have them thrown across the room. I'm all for that!
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I don't condone such acts of vigilance in day to day life, but, I don't condone such acts of ignorance moreso.

I only dream of being able to do this to an unsuspecting moron. So many times in the cinemas people reach for their phones and I wonder two things: 1) Why did you go to the theater? and 2) How can you be so inconsiderate?

This man deserves a medal.

Edit: a third thing usually strikes my mind come to think of it, but I've yet to think of a way to get away with savage beating. Damn primitive instincts... :(
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Honestly, I think she should press charges. Sure she was being a jerk and she should've been kicked the hell out by the staff but he was not only a jerk, he was a physically violent jerk.
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[quote name='SOOPRcow' timestamp='1369006459' post='595698966']
Honestly, I think she should press charges. Sure she was being a jerk and she should've been kicked the hell out by the staff but he was not only a jerk, he was a physically violent jerk.
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You're right. Absolutely. But....
We continually reinforce the idea that it's ok to be this ignorant. After-all any ramifications, which in reality could only be of physical interaction to merit any lawful consideration, would be scrutinized and punished. And to which the victor of the spoils is that of the original ignorance.

I'm sorry but every once in a while it should be acceptable to put ignorance in its place with a good old fashioned wake-up call. I don't think there needs to be any enforcement involved in this case. It's open-and-shut imho. Buy a new phone and stop being a little wanktard.

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[quote name='timster' timestamp='1369003861' post='595698888']
he's lucky the phone didn't hit anyone in the head after he threw it wrecklessly
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And if it had? Would that have been against some kind of law? Are we that much of a pacifist nation that somebody would have complained if they'd been smacked by a flying cell phone, instead of just handling it between themselves outside the theater?

[quote name='SOOPRcow' timestamp='1369006459' post='595698966']
Honestly, I think she should press charges. Sure she was being a jerk and she should've been kicked the hell out by the staff but he was not only a jerk, he was a physically violent jerk.
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I think he was probably the only reasonable and sane person there, and some people just don't "get it" unless you get physical with them. He tried to be diplomatic. He approached the resident security team, he tried speaking to her about it, and none of those avenues resolved the problem. It's about like the difference between spanking your kids and giving them a "time out". Some kids just don't get it unless you give them a good spanking once and a while. Apparently this girl didn't get enough of them as a child.
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I've felt like doing the same thing many times. Kudos to him.
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This should be allowed! im not paying money to go watch performance like a movie only to have some idiot next to me on there cell being loud and annoying. The wife talked to the correct people and they did nothing so kick phone out of here!
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if she pressed charges, he then could counter charge with assault..

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if the ladies insist to be connected to her phone, she shouldnt 've entered the theater in first place.

what kind of phone she have? Windows Phone?

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[quote name='SOOPRcow' timestamp='1369006459' post='595698966']
Honestly, I think she should press charges. Sure she was being a jerk and she should've been kicked the hell out by the staff but he was not only a jerk, he was a physically violent jerk.
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If it was an iPhone (being $500+), she would have to go to real court, not just small claims. xD

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I do not know myself why people have this attachment to a cell-phone like it's their only paddle in a sinking lifeboat.

My partner takes our children to the cinema for film first day releases, example 'The Hobbit'.

99% of the time it's always a woman, that has to text, or has to answer a call, or make a call or site there for 2 hours constantly asking their boyfriend, what's going on, why are they doing that, wasn't s/he

in that other film we saw.

Then there are those that drive whilst using a cell-phone, they area about evens where I live 50/50 male/female that break the law.

However, 75% (example yesterday) are people that are walking along the pavement, too bust looking at the display screen of their cell-phone and not looking at on-coming people or even cars,

Sill teenager nearly walked into my son and I yesterday at the supermarket because she was doing just that.

Some of you know I don't have a cell-phone nor have any intention of getting one as they are a pain in the arse.
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Sorry, but this guy's conduct is unacceptable.

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Paraphrasing the late Sen. Barry Goldwater;

'moderation in the pursuit of (cell phone) justice is no virtue' ;)

[quote name='Growled' timestamp='1369016409' post='595699288']
I've felt like doing the same thing many times. Kudos to him.[/quote]

Amen to that! Friday we went to see Star Trek Into Darkness (WOW!) and some chucklehead was yapping on her phone behind us. Fortunately for her glaring looks were enough.

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1369003368' post='595698872']
Police and security should be fully authorized to confiscate cell phones being inappropriately used. :)
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or.. use cellphones at your own risk. we are not responsible for anything done to your cell while a theatrical production is underway
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[quote name='ShareShiz' timestamp='1369024078' post='595699492']
If it was an iPhone (being $500+), she would have to go to real court, not just small claims. xD
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Nah, $500 is still small claims. Some jurisdictions can go $15k before being full civil court. If she did take it to small claims, and I was him and wanted to make a further example out of her, I'd take it to The Peoples' Court. Make sure everyone knows who she is.

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[quote name='Hum' timestamp='1369002599' post='595698860']
...the sad sort with too much makeup and too-high heels, [i]and insufficient attention span for following a two-hour musical[/i]."
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rofl :laugh:

[quote name='Shiranui' timestamp='1369025534' post='595699510']
Sorry, but this guy's conduct is unacceptable.
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The acceptable conduct failed to reach a proper result.

He didn't just come up to her out of the blue and threw her cellphone out.

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He said his date spoke with theater management during intermission, but the situation wasn't remedied when the play resumed:

"The lady seated to my immediate right (very close quarters on bench seating) was fairly insistent about using her phone. I asked her to turn it off. She answered: 'So don
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