Today was a statutory holiday since yesterday was Canada Day. This means that 99% of the city is closed. The movie theatre is one place that never closes.
I won family passes to the theatre a few weeks ago so decided to use them today. We got Gramma over to babysit Little Brother and we headed out with Big Brother to see Madagascar 3. All in all it should be a good day.
Well we get there early and secure some pretty awesome seats. Second row from the back and dead centre of the screen. The row behind us has the centre seats secured as does the row in front of us. However all the other rows are pretty much empty.
In walks this woman with 4 kids in tow. One happens to be roughly 2 years old maybe 18 months. Not 100% sure but she was drinking a bottle. She counts the seats beside us and then parks her family down in the seats. About 10 minutes later she receives a phone call that her friend and her kid are minutes from the theatre. So this woman decides to ask us to move over so she can have our seats for her friend.
I was so torn. Do I do the polite thing and give her my seat or do I inform the woman there are tons of empty rows in front of us so move her group somewhere else? I had a brief moment of politeness come over me and move my family down the line to make more room for her group. Grrrrr, why did I make my son give up his PERFECT seat because her dumb ass 1) couldn’t count and then 2) was too lazy to move her own group?
Oh well, movie starts and so does her 2 year olds fussing. The kid didn’t have the 3D glasses so all she could see was blur and she was not enjoying herself. Big Brother even loudly piped up at one point “Mommy that kid isn’t being quiet”. Then to quiet her kid down she pulls out the iPhone to let her play on it however didn’t bother to turn down the brightness on the thing.
Now don’t get me wrong. Toddlers are more than welcome to go to the movie theatre. After all that is why they created stars and strollers. You attend a stars and strollers movie you know there will be noisy babies and toddlers.
However if you want to bring your toddler to a regular movie then have some respect for the others. If your kid is crying and making a scene leave the theatre. She had another adult with her that could watch the rest of the kids while she went to the lobby to calm down the toddler. But I guess according to this woman it was her living room and the enjoyment of the movie for other paying attendees did not matter to her.