Until this past Friday night, I had never shushed someone in a movie theater in my life. I've given the Jerry Seinfeld over the shoulder eye roll/glare, but that's about it. That's all changed now though! Allow me to set the scene.
It's the opening night, 7:40 p.m. show of Man of Steel. Not just any opening night show though, this is the IMAX 3D show. We're talking $17.50 a ticket, so one would expect the theater to be full of go-hards and big fans - maybe not even particularly Superman fans, but people are a fan of the movie-going experience at the very least. I love being able to see a great movie on a giant screen with amazing sound. Some people don't care, they don't mind to watch a movie at home. But I would like to think that most people who are willing to fight the crowds on an opening night for an IMAX show are there because they genuinely are excited for the experience.
I told them I'd noticed the Tommy Texter and he was driving me crazy too, but he was outside my shushing jurisdiction. That one was on them. Tommy Texter was also that guy who had to jump up and leave the theater TWO MINUTES into the movie, then continued to walk in and out of the theater several times after that, until finally he just didn't come back.
WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? I don't ask for much. I'll let some shit slide. Like I said, a whisper reaction or two is fine. I'll even let you check your phone once or twice if you need to quickly see something. But when you make it constant and when you've already been made aware of the fact that you're actively bothering people around you, at that point a public flogging should be allowed or something.
So there you go. Consider yourselves warned. My name is Ashlie, and I will shush your ass when necessary.