“Bad first date” stories are very common — but what about stories about first dates that end in a lawsuit?

Brendan Vezmar of Austin, Tx., sued a woman who joined him on a first date to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 because she was texting during the film.  The suit sought the cost of the movie ticket … a whopping $17.31.

“It was kind of a first date from hell,” he told the Austin American-Statesman. Only a short while into the film, the date began texting on her phone, which Vezman described as “like one of my biggest pet peeves.”

According to Vezmar, she used her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to text and check her messages.  After he asked her to stop, and she refused, the woman eventually left the theater without Vezmar, leaving him to find a ride for himself.

When Vezmar called the woman and asked her to reimburse him the $17.31 cost of the movie ticket for providing him with such a disappointing first date, she at first refused. 

The CEO of the movie theater, Alamo Drafthouse, even offered a gift certificate for the full cost of a ticket to settle the lawsuit. 

In the end, the woman decided to reimburse the man for the cost of the movie.

”The date just didn’t work out and I would love to give you your $17.31 if you can just leave me alone,” she told the man. 

The man accepted the apology — and the $17.31. But is clogging up the courts with ridiculous suits like these a way to get revenge for a bad first date?

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