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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Texas man is suing his date, claiming she ruined his movie experience by texting during a movie they were watching at a theater in Austin.

Brandon Vezmar is seeking damages in the amount of $17.31 for the cost of her movie ticket, CBS affiliate KEYE in Austin reported.

He claimed his date activated her phone 10 to 20 times to send or read messages during the first 15 minutes of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on May 6.

“It was kind of a first date from hell,” he told the Austin American-Statesman. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves.”

Vezmar said when he asked her to stop texting, she left the theater.

According to the lawsuit, texting is in “direct violation of the theater’s policy, adversely affecting the viewing experience of [Vezmar] and others.”

“While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as Defendant’s behavior is a threat to civilized society,” the lawsuit stated.

Vezmar’s date was apparently surprised when he informed her that he was taking legal action.

“I am fully aware of the weirdness of this situation,” the defendant told KVUE-TV and released this statement:

I did have a very brief date with Brandon, that I chose to end prematurely. His behavior made me extremely uncomfortable, and I felt I needed to remove myself from the situation for my own safety. He has escalated the situation far past what any mentally healthy person would. I feel sorry that I hurt his feelings badly enough that he felt he needed to commit so much time and effort into seeking revenge. I hope one day he can move past this and find peace in his life. 

The defendant told the Statesman she only texted in the theater two or three times and had planned to file a protective order against Vezmar for contacting her sister to recover the cost of the movie ticket.

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