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Washington Man Arrested After Allegedly Hitting Noisy Kid in Movie Theatre

By Meredith Carroll |

Annoying kid in movie theater

We've all been there, haven't we?

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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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Washington Man Arrested After Allegedly Hitting Noisy Kid in Movie Theatre

  1. CF says:

    The very idea that this man is trying to justify his violent outburst by saying he didn’t realize it was a child is comical. Even if it was an adult he intended to hit, he still intended to strike physically and violently. That is was a child makes the violence even worse. He definitely deserves the arrest and subsequent lawsuit to pay for all the damage to this kid’s face and mouth.

  2. bwsf says:

    Oh for the love of God. If someone is being disrespectful to you, you have the right to be angry. But there is never EVER EVER an excuse to resort to violence. Get the manager to kick them out. And I’m sorry, it’s a complete lie that he thought they were adults. Please.

  3. goddess says:

    No. You go to management and complain. Then ask for your money back if they don’t solve it. Then, if not satisfied, use your cell phone to take a pic of recalcitrant manager denying your claim, so that you can use it with the very public complaint you are now Tweeting, FBing etc. in real time. Also attaching to your complaint to corporate. Much less hassles and better form ;-)

  4. Diana says:

    While wrong…the preteens actions was wrong as well….he was knocking their elbows, throwing stuff at them kicking their seats and making a ruckus, plus even after being asked to quite down, continued…..and where were the parents? who was supervising them ? IF I were in his shoes I would not have hit him, but would have called the police for assault for throwing things at me and hitting my body….if the parents are not going to handle the children the law would. then complain to the manager and ask for a refund, parents if their children are not responsible and mature enough to handle being in a movie theater alone….then they should be watched or left at home. his actions were wrong but so was the 10 year olds. why should the adult be the only one charged with assault, when the kid was hitting two people with not only their hands and feet but with objects.

  5. goddess says:

    Assault by popcorn? Sorry, but I had to laugh.

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