Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mr. Fix-It, that's me

There are ways to fix everything, from World War II to the clogged sink in your kitchen.  Today, inspired by a recent event, I've decided to explain the obvious:  how to deal with a loud person or an obnoxious cell user in a movie theater.

Here's how you do it.  Someone in the theater is using their cell, talking loudly, being disruptive. You don't have to do step one, you can skip directly to step two.
  1. Ask them politely to stop.
  2. If they don't stop, or you don't feel like confronting them, go talk to the theater manager.  He will ask them to stop or he will ask them to leave.  If you don't feel like going back in the theater...
  3. ...ask for a refund or a free pass.  100% of the time you'll get either one or the other.
  4. Either way, you'll be able to enjoy the movie now.
When in an argument, try to de-escalate, DO NOT humiliate or offend the other side.  Throwing popcorn at someone like you're ten years old only serves to escalate the situation.

Please note, no one should die for being childish.  An adult should have a grip on his emotions and act like an adult at all times, even when confronted with childish behavior...that being said, just how many times have you seen childish, petulant behavior from an adult?  So be careful, de-escalate and be polite.

There, I explained the obvious.

R. P. Bird: Professional writer since 1989. Author of the IN THE REALM OF THE GODS series and the SUZIE crime novels. Crazy, but highly reliable. Can fix about anything.