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Arrested for asking for quiet in cinema
The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 11, 2006 | NICK PAPPS

Posted on 02/11/2006 9:05:58 PM PST by FreedomCalls

AN Australian tourist has been charged with assault after telling a Texas woman to stop talking on her mobile phone at the movies.

Pauline Clayton was enjoying a matinee screening of Brokeback Mountain in a Texas cinema when her day suddenly turned ugly.

The former Sunshine Coast councillor said about halfway through the movie, a mobile phone started ringing nearby, a woman answered it and started talking.

"I put one finger up to my mouth to shoosh her," Ms Clayton said.

"She ignored me - I then leaned across and touched her with three or four fingers on the top of her arm."

When the "very large" woman failed to end her call, Ms Clayton again touched her on the shoulder and that was when the woman exploded.

Ms Clayton said the woman stood up over her, started shouting expletives at her and then stormed out of the cinema, in the town of Webster, just outside Houston.

A short time later two Texas police officers walked into the cinema and escorted Ms Clayton out.

She said the police took her to the food bar and explained that the woman had accused Ms Clayton of "invading her private space". The woman had made a complaint of assault because Ms Clayton had touched her.

"They were very apologetic," Ms Clayton said.

"They were very uncomfortable."

Ms Clayton said the officers had tried to dissuade the woman from making a complaint and had even told the woman that if she did make the complaint, police would charge the woman with disorderly conduct and using a profanity for her outburst in the cinema.

The woman refused to back down and not only was Ms Clayton charged, but the woman is now also due in court after being charged over her behaviour.

Ms Clayton was issued a citation and will appear in a Texas court next week to answer the charge.

With the help of an off-duty police officer who saw the fracas, she is hoping to escape with only a fine.

In the meantime Ms Clayton said she was hoping to get back to see the second half of Brokeback Mountain.

If convicted, Ms Clayton who grew up in Victoria and once worked as a journalist for The Sun newspaper in Brisbane, faces a fine of up to $675.

She said she had been told a conviction would not affect her chances of re-entering the US. Police said it was a "little matter" and they would not be notifying US immigration authorities about any conviction.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: arrest; brokebackmountain; cellphone; etiquette; police; talking; theater
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Don't mess with Texas (unless it's a loudmouth on a cellphone in a movie theater -- then you have my permission to go ahead and mess with them).
1 posted on 02/11/2006 9:06:01 PM PST by FreedomCalls
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To: FreedomCalls

"Pauline Clayton was enjoying a matinee screening of Brokeback Mountain in a Texas cinema when her day suddenly turned ugly."


hahahahah hahahahaha best line in an article in a long time


2 posted on 02/11/2006 9:09:21 PM PST by minus_273
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To: FreedomCalls

You are so fortunate.

The lady you described was a "civilized Texas Lady".

You would be pushing up daisies by now if she was just an ordinary Texan.


3 posted on 02/11/2006 9:11:05 PM PST by CBart95
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To: FreedomCalls

Brokeback Mtn playing to sold out theaters in texas. Color me surprised. Maybe Texas will be known in the next decade as the "gay state"?


4 posted on 02/11/2006 9:11:08 PM PST by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: FreedomCalls

Katrina refugee?


5 posted on 02/11/2006 9:12:42 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: FreedomCalls

bump


6 posted on 02/11/2006 9:12:56 PM PST by lowbridge (I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather. Not screaming, like his passengers.)
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To: FreedomCalls
I have no problem with burning millions of radical muslims at the stake. We'll just need more matches.

Oh, where is the mini-EMP generator when you need it?

Either that, or a transmitter to squirt a good, loud pig squeal onto her ear.

No need to illegally block signals, if you are properly armed for the job.

7 posted on 02/11/2006 9:12:58 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Mad-Mo! Allah bin Satan commands ye: Bow to him 5 times/day: Head down, @ss-up, and fart at Heaven!)
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To: FreedomCalls

This is why I watch movies at home.
(I will be sure to pick something better than brokeback mountain, too, by the way)


8 posted on 02/11/2006 9:13:06 PM PST by Peace Is Coming
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To: FreedomCalls

Not to give away too much of the movie but the guy gets it in the end


9 posted on 02/11/2006 9:14:48 PM PST by woofie
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To: FreedomCalls
That SHOULD have been:

Don't mess with Texas (unless it's a loudmouth on a cellphone in a movie theater -- then you have my permission to go ahead and mess with them).

I HATE it when I 'copy' and the Clipboard doesn't.

10 posted on 02/11/2006 9:15:55 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Mad-Mo! Allah bin Satan commands ye: Bow to him 5 times/day: Head down, @ss-up, and fart at Heaven!)
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To: FreedomCalls
Another reason why I don't go to movie theaters.

The previews tell you a million times to turn off your cell phones or put it in "silent" mode. If you're going to sit in a theater for two hours can't you tell your friends ahead of time this?

Waiting for the "I have a right to carry a cell phone anywhere because I'm a doctor or nurse on call" crowd to chime in.

11 posted on 02/11/2006 9:16:16 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Tagline removed by Moderator)
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To: FreedomCalls
She said the police took her to the food bar and explained that
the woman had accused Ms Clayton of "invading her private space".
The woman had made a complaint of assault because Ms Clayton had touched her.


Thank goodness progressive films like "Brokeback Mountain" are
spreading love, peace and tolerance.
(snicker...)
12 posted on 02/11/2006 9:16:19 PM PST by VOA
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To: CBart95
You would be pushing up daisies by now if she was just an ordinary Texan.

How so? Would ordinary Texans have insisted upon gabbing away in the middle of a crowded theater?

13 posted on 02/11/2006 9:18:05 PM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: Windsong

Go to hell....



lol, but really please please please for the love of god don't say that.


14 posted on 02/11/2006 9:18:12 PM PST by Ainast
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To: woofie

I'll bet that's what she was talking on the phone about.


15 posted on 02/11/2006 9:18:51 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: GulfBreeze; BellStar

Who knew that they were showing BBM in Webster? These two women must have been the only people in the theater.


16 posted on 02/11/2006 9:19:09 PM PST by anymouse
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To: FreedomCalls
Don't mess with Texas

Webster cops used to use their flashlights for "encouragement"...

Times change...

Friendswood, Clear Lake, Clear Creek, Pearland, Alvin - they wouldn't put up with a lot of foolishness...

Old days, I guess.

17 posted on 02/11/2006 9:19:27 PM PST by Who dat?
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To: FreedomCalls
My buddy (a bodybuilder of over 275 lbs) and a couple of friends were at a movie and some punk kids were talking though a movie. He waived down an "usher" to ask them to stop talking. The "usher" was a pimple-faced 17 yr old who was shocked that a guy so huge would ask him to his job. The kid replied, "well I think you'd get better results."

Well, these are the results.
18 posted on 02/11/2006 9:19:31 PM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: Peace Is Coming
This is why I watch movies at home.

Me too. Actually I did go to the theaters for a matinee to see "Curious George" with my 5 year old daughter. Some family brought in a newborn baby that cried every now and then.

The movie was good though....great animation I'm glad it was done in traditional animation instead of computer generated or live-action with the monkey being CGI.

19 posted on 02/11/2006 9:19:37 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Tagline removed by Moderator)
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To: FreedomCalls
Under what set of laws is "invading one's private space" illegal? Meanwhile, "creating a public disturbance" is, specifically, illegal. What's the issue?
20 posted on 02/11/2006 9:20:21 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (Funny taglines are value plays.)
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To: supercat

Aw Super! Let me have my fun.

It was meant as a little stab at humor.

Me.

Ps: I missed wishing you Happy 36th on your last birthday!


21 posted on 02/11/2006 9:21:15 PM PST by CBart95
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To: Windsong
Color me surprised, too. It might have been all the 'scandal' that attracted a lot of them.

The 'off-duty police officer' in the audience also surprised me.

Is there nothing else at the theaters these days?

22 posted on 02/11/2006 9:22:35 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: CBart95
You would be pushing up daisies by now if she was just an ordinary Texan.

I suspect "ordinary Texans" wouldn't yap away on a cellphone in the middle of a theater and then go into a fit of adolescent rage when asked to pipe down.

23 posted on 02/11/2006 9:23:08 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: FreedomCalls

Last time someone wouldn't quit talkin I knocked him out the swingin doors. He then drew his pistol but luckily I was a hair faster and shot the gun out of his hand. Then I grabbed my rope from the trunk of my car and strung him up from a tall pine tree. Then I went to the local whataburger to eat because they have free wifi.

-- 100% Texan till I die.


24 posted on 02/11/2006 9:24:09 PM PST by Ainast
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To: FreedomCalls

If your cell phone goes off in a theater, that should be automatic grounds for a lifetime expulsion from that theater.

And it ought to be legal to punch these people in the head.


25 posted on 02/11/2006 9:24:28 PM PST by Bubbatuck ("Hillary Clinton can kiss my ass" - Tim Robbins)
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To: FreedomCalls

No judge in Texas is going to fine this woman for telling a rude, loud mouth piece of trash to stop talking on a damn cell phone during a movie.


26 posted on 02/11/2006 9:25:02 PM PST by DeaconNoGood
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To: ncountylee

WTF is that supposed to mean?


27 posted on 02/11/2006 9:25:26 PM PST by opinionator
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

I grew up with a 5 party line with 1 long and 2 short rings was our ranch phone. We survived quite well with out the gadgets.


28 posted on 02/11/2006 9:25:47 PM PST by afnamvet
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Waiting for the "I have a right to carry a cell phone anywhere because I'm a doctor or nurse on call" crowd to chime in.

If someone wants to take an aisle seat, sets the phone on vibrate, and make a quick but orderly exit when a call comes in, I would have no problem with that. Arrive in adquate time to ensure that either an aisle seat will be open, there will be time to politely try to find someone who will yield one, or there will be time to ask management what to do.

29 posted on 02/11/2006 9:25:55 PM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: Bubbatuck

I hereby nominate you to the position of supreme judge of all the world.


30 posted on 02/11/2006 9:26:27 PM PST by Ainast
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To: FreedomCalls

Not sure what would be worse...to be arrested for asking someone to STFU in a movie theater...or to have to admit that it happened while watching BrokeAss Mountain?


31 posted on 02/11/2006 9:28:14 PM PST by JRios1968 ("Cogito, ergo FReep": I think, therefore I FReep.)
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To: FreedomCalls
"She ignored me - I then leaned across and touched her with three or four fingers on the top of her arm."

Thats called assault.

32 posted on 02/11/2006 9:28:34 PM PST by Echo Talon
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To: ncountylee
Very likely it was a Katrina "refugee" with an attitude.

Probably talking on the phone about how those mean, nasty people from FEMA made her move out of a hotel room after 6 months.

Crime in Houston is getting ready to skyrocket.

33 posted on 02/11/2006 9:28:47 PM PST by DeaconNoGood
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To: struwwelpeter; FreedomCalls
Since when are police officers required at a movie theater? Isn't it so nice now that our 'progressives' in society have forced their 'peace and love' culture on us?

Nam Vet

34 posted on 02/11/2006 9:30:03 PM PST by Nam Vet (The Democrat Party of America is perfectly P.C. * .(* P.C. = Patriotically Challenged)
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To: DeaconNoGood

true, and they are going to have to add about 3 wings to death row.


35 posted on 02/11/2006 9:31:08 PM PST by Ainast
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To: woofie
Not to give away too much of the movie but the guy gets it in the end

Well thanks alot... you just ruined the back half of the movie. ;-)

36 posted on 02/11/2006 9:31:45 PM PST by ItsForTheChildren
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To: FreedomCalls
With the help of an off-duty police officer who saw the fracas, she is hoping to escape with only a fine. [...] of up to $675.

What?

37 posted on 02/11/2006 9:33:20 PM PST by A. Pole (Evolution has demonstrated that the optimal IQ is the average IQ !)
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To: Mr. Mojo

How many "ordinary Texans" would actually be watching Bareback Mountain in a theater?


38 posted on 02/11/2006 9:33:47 PM PST by Evie Munchkin
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To: Evie Munchkin

Good point.


39 posted on 02/11/2006 9:34:05 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: FreedomCalls
Pauline Clayton was enjoying a matinee screening of Brokeback Mountain in a Texas cinema when her day suddenly turned ugly.

I think her day turned ugly earlier - when the screening started.

40 posted on 02/11/2006 9:35:09 PM PST by A. Pole (Evolution has demonstrated that the optimal IQ is the average IQ !)
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To: Echo Talon
Thats called assault.

In the new, wussified America.

It's a shame that you can go to prison for punching someone that everyone would agree desperately needs to be punched.

41 posted on 02/11/2006 9:39:20 PM PST by Washi
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To: Bubbatuck
If your cell phone goes off in a theater, that should be automatic grounds for a lifetime expulsion from that theater.

I'd go one step further --- I'd sentence the guy to a life of hard labor in a Siberian ГУЛаг.

42 posted on 02/11/2006 9:39:47 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: Nam Vet
You know, now that I think about it, the off-duty cop was probably a lady. That movie seems to be popular to with the women - I think Heath Ledger is in it.

My ex- and our daughter went to see it just for that reason. They refused to talk about it afterwards, though.

They probably look at 'man on man' like men do the opposite. I how many guys would shell out $9.50 to see... hmm... maybe Dolly Parton and Angelina Jolie going at it?

What did I say? $9.50?

I'd probably wait to see if it came out on video ;-)

43 posted on 02/11/2006 9:40:46 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: Bubbatuck

Yeah, you wouldn't want to miss one second of Brokeback Mountain.


44 posted on 02/11/2006 9:41:27 PM PST by willyd
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To: Evie Munchkin
How many "ordinary Texans" would actually be watching Bareback Mountain in a theater? She's ornery, not ordinary, but the decscription sounds like Molly Ivans!
45 posted on 02/11/2006 9:41:46 PM PST by DmBarch
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To: opinionator
WTF is that supposed to mean?

It's a code word for "black person." There are a surprising number of racist jerks on FR.

Now I have no idea how the poster deduced the woman's race from the article -- are black people supposedly more prone to talking on mobile phones during films than the rest of us?

46 posted on 02/11/2006 9:43:59 PM PST by Alter Kaker ("Whatever tears one sheds, in the end one always blows one's nose." - Heine)
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To: Evie Munchkin

Only the sick ones.


47 posted on 02/11/2006 9:44:44 PM PST by DeaconNoGood
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To: Echo Talon
Texas Penal Code definition of assault:
§ 22.01. ASSAULT. (a) A person commits an offense if the person:
    (1) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another, including the person's spouse;
    (2) intentionally or knowingly threatens another with imminent bodily injury, including the person's spouse; or
    (3) intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another when the person knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.

48 posted on 02/11/2006 9:46:50 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: struwwelpeter
They probably look at 'man on man' like men do the opposite. I how many guys would shell out $9.50 to see... hmm... maybe Dolly Parton and Angelina Jolie going at it?

I don't think so. The things women do to each other are things many men like to do to women. How many women like to have done to them what men do to other men?

49 posted on 02/11/2006 9:47:31 PM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: DeaconNoGood
Charge the woman who made the complaint.

Make her apologize too.
50 posted on 02/11/2006 9:48:27 PM PST by DB ()
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