'Turn Off Your Phone,' Says Man to Flossmoor Woman During Movie

A Flossmoor woman requested to sign a complaint against a Crete man who confronted her while she was talking on her cell phone during a movie.

On Saturday, April 28, a 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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freshness May 03, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Sorry my fault. Ok well she is very clueless
Juvenal May 03, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Stay classy Ms. Flossmoor! She should be forced to refund every patron's ticket cost out of her own pocket. The theater usher should have removed her from the theater --do they even have ushers any more?
Rob Squared May 03, 2012 at 04:03 PM
The headline should have read, "Rude Flossmoor woman files superfluous complaint".
Doug King May 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM
If she wasn't so busy talking on the phone she might have seen the notices about turning it off! Good for him. Only thing worse than having a phone conversation during a movie is having a cell phone ring during a church service. Puh-leez! Think about where you are!
Rob May 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Why is this in the paper? Smh! There's mzny more problems going on lol
John56 May 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
What a waste of police resources. I hope someone at Marcus sees all of these comments so that next time they can take a more appropriate course of action.
JP May 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Simple Solution -- Cell Phone Jammer -- Please install it and signs that read -- No Cell Service Available Inside Theater.... Thank You Simple solution cheap cost & Big Reward....... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_jammer
Juvenal May 03, 2012 at 09:07 PM
I think the identity of the "complaining witness" is an item of interest.....
Integrity Carpet & Floor Care May 03, 2012 at 09:59 PM
So far it's Crete Man 18, Rude Woman 0! The police should have laughed at her!
Steve Burke May 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I bet she was gabbing away into the air as so many people do in grocery stores. I used to think they were troubled people, but I now know they can't go for any amount of time talking about nothing on the phone through the wireless ear pods wired into their brains. Especially when it's something like "And I told her 'f*** you b****!" and I'm with my young kids (it's happened). It's as if they don't think the world can hear them.
Steve Burke May 03, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Oh, and to make it clear, the incident with my kids was with a white woman in her late fourties/early fifties.
Hernendo RevolveR May 04, 2012 at 05:30 AM
I have often thought the same thing, JP but then some people that DO use courtesy and need to be in touch at all times (Emergency workers, Healthcare Workers Computer Professionals etc) would never be able to go to any of these venues while they are on call. Most professionals know that when their device VIBRATES in its holster that they can leave the area and return the call so as not to disturb the patrons of the venue they are at. If we allow blocking of signals we could have some serious unintended consequences. With that said, I once again will say that I have thought of that solution myself.... Often!
Art Vandelay May 04, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The only multi-tasking that should be happening in a movie is watching the movie, while eating popcorn, drinking a soda, and programming the fart machine.
Debra Szemplinski May 04, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Using rudeness to combat rudeness is usually not real successful.
Michelle White May 04, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Resident May 04, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Good one!
Resident May 04, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Resident May 04, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Touche! (I'm still on his side though. I'll assume he first approached the situation politely and only resorted to hollering when she continued to think the whole world is hers and hers alone.)
Homewood Resident May 04, 2012 at 09:01 PM
And this is why I wait a few months for the Redbox or Family Video release. Watching in the comfort of my home, without the nonsense (phone calls, obscene language, yelling at the screen, kicking my chair) is worth the delay. Who wants to pay good money for that kind of abuse?
Nick Johnson May 05, 2012 at 02:43 AM
This is ignorant, Lets all pay BIG bucks to go to a movie and listen to some moronic yard ape babble on her cell phone, and then have no right to say anything. The real question is,, was this a HATE crime will the man be put in prison, will he be put to death or just flogged? GEEEEZE Ditch the phone you self centered ignoramous!
Alicia White May 06, 2012 at 08:35 PM
. I'm surprised the police even responded to this call. Waste. A lot worser crimes are being committed. I'm a healthcare worker and I always put my phone on vibrate for theaters and church. I wouldn't be surprised this is the same woman that brings her kids to rated R movies.
Cathy May 06, 2012 at 09:43 PM
This story is not newsworthy and this woman is crazy.
Doug May 06, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I doubt being polite would have had an effect on this woman. We all know the type. If polite was a part of her character she wouldn't have been on the phone in the first place.
Lizette Lane May 07, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Very good point! Next time she should leave the phone on vibrate and if it tickles her then get up and leave briefly like I do.
Lizette Lane May 07, 2012 at 12:30 PM
The woman who pressed charges has big issues if this how she gets love and attention!
Steve Burke May 07, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I agree. If she files a formal complaint, will we be able to find out her name?
John Moreli May 08, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Sign a complaint for what? What's the charge?
Jim Burke May 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Go to an usher and let them handle it , you don't work at the theater, lucky you were not shot.
Resident May 08, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Ushers don't do anything in those theaters anymore. They barely sweep up the obvious pop corn spills.


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