If you ever go to the movies, then chances are you get annoyed by something. The cleanliness of the restrooms, perhaps. The inane price of Junior Mints, maybe. The people whispering in the seats behind you, definitely.
Maybe you go the bathroom at home before you leave for the movies. Maybe you smuggle in your own concessions. Maybe you turn around incessantly and say, “Shush!”
Here’s what you don’t do: Hit the 10-year-old boy talking behind you.
Someone needs to tell that to Yong Hyun Kim, 31. Because he allegedly did the latter. And was arrested for it.
According to Fox News, Yong Hyun Kim was watching Titanic in 3-D at the AMC Kent Station in a Seattle suburb with his girlfriend and asked the kids behind him to stop chatting and throwing popcorn.
Instead of stopping, the kids laughed at him, Kim said.
“I got so mad that it just happened,” Yong Hyun Kim told police after he was arrested on a second-degree assault charge. He faces three to nine months in jail if convicted.
The boy suffered a bloody nose and a lost tooth.
In his defense, the 10-year-old said he and his friends did quiet down when asked, but then when he subsequently whispered something to one of friends, Kim jumped over the seat and threw a drink and a punch in his face.
Kim told police he didn’t realize the person was a kid and thought he was actually a grown man.
That, by the way, is plausible, until you learn that Kim also said the kids were hitting him and his girlfriend with popcorn and running back and forth in the aisle and knocking their arms — not exactly the move of most adults (even if disruptive chitchat is).
On the one hand, there are plenty of people who likely harbor revenge fantasies towards people like these kids, if they were, in fact, being as noisy and rude as Kim alleges during the movie.
On the other hand, hitting a kid (or an adult), is hardly the answer to this dilemma. Moving seats, asking for a refund, getting the manager all might have been solutions that would not have resulted in a broken tooth and an arrest.
As for cleaner restrooms at movie theaters, that solution is anyone’s guess.
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