Blog a Day 270of365: Vulnerability

I hate feeling vulnerable but that’s exactly how I felt earlier. It really pissed me off.

I went to the cinema with my Mum. It wasn’t anything hugely special, we just went to see Grown Ups to have a nice afternoon out together. The film itself was ok, ideal afternoon fodder really. The annoyance were the people in front of us.

It was a fairly quiet cinema what with it being a Monday afternoon. When we first got there, there was only one middle aged man sitting a few rows in front of us. As time went on, a few more people came in. Still, fine. Then as the last trailer came on, 3 male teenagers appeared and sat in front of us and behind the middle aged man from earlier. No big deal, except that they decided to talk loudly. They talked loudly for the entire film.

As you can imagine this was extremely annoying. I wanted to go complain to someone in the cinema. My Mum pointed out it wasn’t worth the possible hassle. She was worried of retaliation after the film had ended as we had to walk in the dark back to a very quiet car park. So I didn’t.

In the end, we moved nearer to the screen just to get away from them. They kept talking but at least it wasn’t as loud.

It’s depressing however that we did nothing, essentially because we were scared. They probably wouldn’t have done or said anything after but was it worth the risk? It appears not.

Bloody annoying though. I spend too much of my time not saying things that I’d like to say. Yet another example it seems!

3 thoughts on “Blog a Day 270of365: Vulnerability

  1. Pete Davison

    I hate this. I hate the whole idea that you shouldn’t admonish people for doing things that they shouldn’t be doing, or in some cases, shouldn’t even call the police when you witness a crime. It’s always that fear of retaliation that people have in mind. What kind of society are we living in where it’s somehow not acceptable to point out what’s right and wrong?

    You should have smacked them over the head with a brick. If you didn’t have a brick, start carrying a brick. 🙂

  2. Haly Post author

    That’s exactly what wound me up! I was entirely in the right yet I had to suffer :/
    And that poor middle aged man never even moved from his seat and they were far too loud. I wondered if he was intimidated too 🙁


  3. Davey

    The thing is, it may well have been for the best. I can be quite gobby at times, and have told people to be quiet on several occasions in the cinema. While nothing has happened to me yet, that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t, and for all you knew, those three teenagers could have been carrying weapons and had no problems using them. Had I been there, I would have said something, and may well have lived to regret it. I think this is one of the rare occasions it’s probably better to regret something you didn’t do, instead of something you did! 🙂

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