"I am fully aware of the weirdness of this situation," Brandon Vezmar tells KVUE. The 37-year-old from Austin, Texas, filed a complaint Thursday in Travis County small-claims court against a 35-year-old Round Rock woman for $17.31—the price of the 3D movie ticket he purchased for her on their first date, per the Austin American-Statesman. Vezmar wants his money back from the woman, whom he met via the Bumble dating app, after he says she repeatedly texted—"one of my biggest pet peeves"—during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 showing they attended on May 6, despite his exhortations that she stop. Vezmar's suit says his date opened up her phone between 10 and 20 times in 15 minutes to text, which he points out is a "direct violation" of the theater's policy.
Vezmar says he asked her to stop texting then suggested she take it outside—which she did, never to return, even though she'd driven them to the theater. He later texted her to ask for his money back and says she declined to pay. The amount he's seeking isn't important, it's the principle, the suit claims, "as Defendant's behavior is a threat to civilized society." The unnamed woman says she didn't even know about the suit until the American-Statesman contacted her, noting, "This is crazy." She says she only texted two or three times to a pal who was fighting with a boyfriend. In a statement to KVUE she explains she ditched Vezmar because he made her "extremely uncomfortable" and is filing a protective order against him because he's been pestering her sister for the ticket money. (At least this date didn't end in a stolen dog and TV.)