Another Reason Not to Text During a Movie: You Might Get Shot



Let’s face it, we all knew this was going to happen sooner or later, and when it finally did happen, it was going to be big news. Well, it’s happened.

71-year-old Curtis Reeves, a retired police Captain, recently shot a man in a movie theater after the man, Chad Oulson, refused to stop texting. They had an argument. Oulson threw popcorn in Reeves’ face. Then BAM. I kid you not. That’s already absurd enough, but to further add to the absurdity meter, they argued about the victim texting during the previews.

According to CNN:

The two men exchanged words that gradually became more heated and Reeves felt something hit his face. Reeves, who minutes earlier had gone to seek a manager’s help to stop the texting, this time reached into a pocket in his pants for, police say, a pistol. He later told police he feared the man was going to attack him.

Reeves didn’t just shoot Oulson, he also shot Chad Oulson’s wife in the hand with the same bullet. Fortunately, there was an off-duty cop in the same theater, and he was able to tackle Reeves and took his weapon away. Apparently Reeves tried to get a manager involved, but the man was too busy with another customer, so that kinda pissed Reeves off even more.

And get this: Reeves’ was on a movie date with his wife and son, who is currently a cop, and who arrived late to the screening. I guess he didn’t mind missing the previews. Too bad his dad didn’t feel the same way.

Now you know, kids — text in a movie theater at your own peril!

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  • Malikye

    I read that yesterday. It’s crazy. I do get annoyed when other people uses their cell phones in the theaters, but it’s not worth arguing over, let alone shooting someone over it. Why was the dad texting his 3 year old daughter anyways? 3 year olds have a cell phone now?

    That’s why I don’t go to the theaters. In the past 5 years, I’ve been to the theaters probably 2 times. I have a big screen TV at home and over 300 movies in my media PC and I don’t have to put up with the annoying high school kids. Although in this case, it didn’t involve high school kids at all.

    I feel sorry for both the wives involve.

  • Dedpool

    This is just ridiculous! I mean seriously, killing a man because of texting during a movie and an argument? What has this world come to. It makes me afraid to take my daughter to the movies, and she looks forward to it! *Sigh* condolences to both families.