A Small Matter of Courtesy to Your Fellow Citizens
So I went to the theater for a movie, Mission Impossible – Fallout, if you must know. And like the good girl I am, I was in plenty of time for the movie. Being jobless of course we went for the matinee show at 2PM. I settled into my seat, remembered I needed popcorn (what’s a movie without popcorn anyway) and urged my husband to go get me some. He was back before the movie started. Lights dimmed and the screen flashed some messages as I munched my popcorn.
Tom Cruise’s handsome mug flashed on the screen and I started daydreaming about him. (Story for another day!) His famous self-destructing mission thingamajig started playing…
Then it started, fellow citizens coming in late. So okay you’re late that’s fine, just find your seat. But no, that wasn’t it at all. It was dark inside the theater and the latecomers very smartly turned on their mobile phone flashlights. Thank God for modern technology. Hurray!
Yes, BUT dear citizen those hi-tech flashlights were flashing into our eyes. Pray tell me my good man/woman/fellow citizen, what do you see in my face? Your future perhaps? Shouldn’t you flash the light onto the pathway?
And on it went, people kept coming in for the next fifteen minutes after the movie started (what did they understand so late into the movie with the thingamajig self-destructed!?) and every single one of them flashed their mobile lights into our faces. Sitting in the back row (ahem, always a backbencher) you get to see and be annoyed by all the latecomers.
When will we learn to be courteous by being on time for the movie? So okay you have a valid excuse for that right – traffic, your boss pinned you down, the cat bit your leg, and so on. As I was saying, so you’re late, at least turn the mobile flashlight down so you can see where you are going. I don’t need to see the different types of bright lights modern mobile phones have, do I?
I guess next time I should take a mirror to reflect it back at these kind citizens. Sounds like a good idea, something to think about.
There! Rant over!
Thanks for reading and being on time for the next movie. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a mirror with you!
And please, if you are late do the rest of us the courtesy of holding your mobile phone down on the path and out of our eyes.
PS: The movie was really good, but then I like every movie I watch in a movie theater! (Popcorn always makes them good)
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