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After Being Shushed at the Movies, Cell-Phone Talker Calls Cops

The woman, who said she was "scared," asked to sign a complaint against a Crete man who confronted her while she was talking on her cell phone during a movie.

A Flossmoor woman may have learned a harsh lesson in movie etiquette over the weekend.

But probably not.

On Saturday, April 28, the 58-year-old woman told police she was watching a movie at Marcus Cinema in Chicago Heights while talking on her phone when a 44-year-old Crete man, who was also watching the movie, became upset with her.

The man approached the multi-tasking woman, pointed at her and yelled, "Turn off your damn phone," according to the report. The woman told police the man's actions caused her to become scared, though she watched the rest of the movie before notifying authorities.

The woman initially told police she only wanted the incident documented, so the man was released. Afterward the woman said she wanted to sign a complaint, according to the report. Police advised her of complaint procedures.

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sandra May 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Of course phones should not be in use at the movies. Too bad another customer had to set this straight. It should have been an issue the theatre dealt with. Not much security at that theatre... I was frightened earlier this year when a man sat down directly next to me even though the theatre was half empty. Luckily I was with my son and his fiance. My son changed seats with me and the man left. I looked around and saw the man sat down next to another woman. We went to the lobby but could not find anyone to report this to. Finally told a very young usher but by the time we returned to the theatre the man was gone. More security is needed at Marcus. I would certainly never go there alone and I used to do that once a week.
SharonC May 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
cant even believe this is an article...smh...with everything goin on in our city??? really?
SharonC May 03, 2012 at 02:55 PM
i know personally they have security...if u can find what theater there in and what movie thier watchin...ur lucky....paid security to watch movies...smh...cars are forever gettting broke into...where's security??? ppl being harassed? wheres security?? ushers are suppose to be in ea theater...where are they? maybe management needs to put a check on all employees or a mystery shopper at this place... theres another marcus in orland i believe...much nicer...thats where i go...when u have clowns runnin the place...id say the odds on them takin care of clowns actin up are zilch...
Christopher Paicely (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hi SharonC, This was just an interesting incident I saw in the police reports. Not every post on Patch will have a high level of urgency. Some of our posts are just aimed at starting conversation, like this one. But if there are issues you believe aren't getting enough coverage, please feel free to send me an email at christopher.paicely@patch.com. Thanks for commenting! Chris Paicely Chicago Heights Patch Editor
4peeps May 03, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The woman should have been arrested for wasting our tax dollars by calling a cop. Really?? It says plain as day before the movie starts (if you got there on time) to TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONE!!
DC May 03, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Though, I'm sure it's a problem at a lot of movie theaters, I've run into this problem quite often at the Chicago Heights Marcus Theater, especially when it's a PG-13 movie with a lot of kids in the audience. Not to say that adults aren't guilty as well, but based on my own experience, it's younger kids. I think Marcus needs a few more ushers walking the aisles.
Dennis Newport May 03, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Where did people learn that space in common is not their living room? This woman is hurtin'.
Rob May 03, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Wow why would it even be in the paper?
NotBuyingIt May 03, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Pam, it's not the cell phone that ruin your experience, it's the self-centered, rude, obnoxious, individuals that feel they have the right to use them during the movie. These people believe themselves to be more important that anyone else and therefore talking on the phone and knowingly bothering others is well within their rights as the most important people on earth.
NotBuyingIt May 03, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Seriously??? Do you really believe that the woman was listening to that?? She was TALKING ON HER PHONE when that was playing. Also, that message did not apply to her as she is one of those that rules do not apply to. She is special and will tell you so.
NotBuyingIt May 03, 2012 at 08:13 PM
So, my comment is this. Theaters need to utilize technology that renders cell phones inoperable. If you think you might need to take or make a phone call then don't go to a movie during that time. I mean, c'mon... People will not follow the rules. People think rules are for others, not them.
NotBuyingIt May 03, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Oh, and yes I agree with the woman being fined at least. Arresting her would cost more than it's worth. A nice little 100.00 ticket should do the trick.
Kay May 03, 2012 at 08:35 PM
4 peeps u r right nuff said
Christopher Paicely (Editor) May 03, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Rick P Your comment was much appreciated, but I had to take it down because it violated our terms of use. Please feel free to post again without the profanity. Thanks. Chris Paicely Chicago Heights Patch Editor
Lucy May 03, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Someone asked why this was news - because the police were called.
Linda Daniels May 03, 2012 at 10:18 PM
If you need to talk on the phone: leave the theater! There is room in the lobby for that behavior. Lets be considerate of others'! Be polite and be nice!
VicGe May 03, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I don't want them to use technology that makes joined not work because there are new developing systems that will caption movies for deaf smartphone users. Right now, the choices foe deaf moviegoers is extremely limited and this technology will open up the choices for many deaf and hard of hearing people. The real solution is for people to consider others and take their phone calls someplace private where it won't bother everyone else.
VicGe May 03, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Sorry, stupid autocorrect! I don't want them to use technology that makes PHONES not work. Sorry
Valerie May 04, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The lady, was rude my talking on the phone in a theater...now some of us have will speak up and he spoke up...he did touch her...why is he in jail...I would sue her for the bail any other cost.
NotBuyingIt May 04, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Hmmm.... VicGe I don't think I like the idea of allowing the use of any light-emitting device in the theater. It's actually just as annoying to see all these kids texting non-stop during the movie. The lights from the phone are horribly annoying!!!!! unless the back couple of rows are reserved for those devices... otherwise I'm not for it, sorry....
NotBuyingIt May 04, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Valerie, whenever we involve "govt" they are typically happy to oblige. This gives them revenue. This man will wind up giving some govt entity some obscenely large fine or court cost. Did you know that if you are involved in a traffic accident in Chicago Heights that was no fault of your own, and if certain services are "rolled" to the accident site, you will be given a bill for their time??? Even if you are a resident paying taxes, you will still be "charged" for them responding. And I don't even think you could stop them from showing up as it was just a way to make money.
Linda Daniels May 04, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I hear you on WGN radio now telling your story - wonderful! Being polite needs to get around- good news to spread so people know how to behave in the movie theater! The lady was a drama queen and the theater personnel contributed to her bad behavior! Cops using "authority" in wrong way! No fowl no harm! Thank you!
Dennis Hogensen May 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Dis anybody ever consider , that this woman may have been a brain surgeon and the hospitlal was calling her to work.
NotBuyingIt May 05, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Dennis, I'm sure you are correct. That had to be what happened. She id almost certainly a brain surgeon. You are also probably a brain surgeon and you often get calls while you are at the movies and then you sit there in the theater and talk about how cool it is to be a brain surgeon and how awesome you are at it. You sit in your seat and just "talk" to the hospital during the movie, right??? No need to get up and go to the lobby because, after all, you are a brain surgeon. You don't need to go have your conversation in the lobby, cause you are not like others. Nope, you are special, just like that other brain surgeon. You can just sit in your seat and talk to the hospital and the rest of us will just have to get over it. Right??
NotBuyingIt May 05, 2012 at 12:58 AM
The man approached the multi-tasking woman, pointed at her and yelled, "Turn off your damn phone," according to the report. The woman told police the man's actions caused her to become scared, though she watched the rest of the movie before notifying authorities. Dennis H, These are clearly the actions of a brain surgeon being called to work by the hospital. Good call!!!! Okay, I'm a bit of a jack-wad, but there is NO defending your brain surgeon lady's behavior. Sorry dude....
Borninol May 05, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This is the craziest thing ever. You tell a women to shut uP because she's on the phone and get the police called on you. Who the hell is this lady that has to talk to someone while at the movies? This is why I sway away from being politically correct in society. If anyone is on this lady's side you can all go to hell!!
NotBuyingIt May 05, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Borninol, The lady was a brain surgeon talking to the hospital so it was ok...
William May 05, 2012 at 11:44 PM
The police had no busnness getting involved. The man yelled at her, she turned the phone off, watched the movie to the end. He did not touch her, and, apparently was no real threat to the woman because she stayed and continued to watch. What we should do is return to the box office and demand our money back because they should be providing the necessary security to see that people do not sit in the theatre talking on the phone, texting, or any other behavior that disturbs other patrons. If enough refunds are issued, the management and ownership will take some steps to see that behavior cease.
Resident May 08, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I agree: Police should not have gotten involved. I bet she complained so SHE could get free movie passes. People who complain about noise in theaters don't get refunds. Ushers don't do anything when you complain about "talkers" and management doesn't do anything either.
Rob May 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
it would of been funnier if he slapped her in front of every1! Lol

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