In an unexpected turn of events at a horror movie screening, the Original Poster (OP) grapples with a unique challenge – a disruptive baby. Taking a stand, she confronts the parents, sparking a tense scene that triggers a public outcry and online debate, with consequences yet to unfold.
Horror Movie Night
OP and her husband, both 36, eagerly anticipate their evening at the theater where they plan to watch a horror movie, Barbarian. Both are horror movie enthusiasts and love to go to the theater for date nights.
The Potential Problem
However, upon arrival, they spot a young family with a baby. This raises concerns for OP, who believes babies should not be present in a movie theatre, especially during an evening horror flick.
As the previews roll, the baby starts to fuss and cry, disrupting the silence of the theatre. OP hopes that the parents will manage the situation, feed the baby, or use a pacifier. Why should they remain to the discomfort of everyone else in the audience?
The Movie Begins
Against all hope, the movie begins, and the baby’s noise continues unabated. OP fervently hopes the parents will do the right thing and take the child to the lobby to soothe her. They can’t be enjoying the movie either over the cries of the infant.
Handling the Situation
Though reluctant to miss any part of the movie, OP considers notifying an employee about the disruption. She dismisses the idea, skeptical about its effectiveness. Instead, she decides to address the issue directly.
The First Request
Frustrated and desperate, OP addresses the situation herself. She loudly asks the parents to quiet their child and criticizes their decision to bring a baby to a movie theatre. Her words resonate with an unspoken agreement among the rest of the audience.
The Second Request
During a particularly suspenseful scene, the baby’s fussing intensifies, disrupting the atmosphere. OP once again raises her voice, urging the family to leave the theatre. She criticizes them for ruining the movie for everyone.
The Agitated Parents
The parents, seemingly startled by the confrontation, decide to leave. Before they exit, they scan the crowd, presumably seeking the source of the rebuke. They seem agitated and ready for a confrontation.
Despite the parents’ apparent readiness for a confrontation, OP chooses not to engage further. Concerned about potential legal issues and her work situation, she remains silent. The parents leave, restoring peace to the theater.
The Movie Experience
With the source of the disturbance gone, OP and the rest of the audience can now focus on the movie. The rest of the movie proceeds without interruption, and OP finds the movie to be fantastic. The episode with the family is put behind them.
OP begins to question her actions after the movie, sympathizing with the challenges of parenting. She wonders if this was the couple’s first child and whether they were still learning the ropes.
No Babies Allowed
Despite her sympathy, OP holds onto her belief that it is unacceptable to bring a noisy baby to an adult movie, especially in the evening. She is puzzled that she was the only one who spoke up in the theatre.
OP emphasizes the difference between enduring a noisy baby for 20 minutes and her own brief vocal interruptions. She remains steadfast in her belief that her actions were justified, and she did a favor for the rest of the audience who didn’t dare to speak up.
Was The Woman’s Behavior Appropriate?
OP posts her story online for feedback. The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:
One reader said, “If you can’t afford or find a sitter, you don’t get to go to the movie. Wait till it comes out on a streaming service and watch it at home.”
Another Commenter Thinks
Another responder wrote, “It’s wild how many people will bring an infant to a horror movie because they don’t want to hire a babysitter. If money is the issue, they could have found something to do that was appropriate for the baby.”
A Third View on The Story
A different person stated, “People need to learn that having a very young child means that going to a non-kid venue includes the cost of a babysitter. Everyone else there paid for a different experience than listening to your kid.”
A Final Perspective on the Matter
Another reader commented, “They were ruining the movie. However, I would perhaps have called a staff member rather than voicing my views openly – which they may have found unnecessarily humiliating.”
What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on their actions?
What would you have done in this situation?
This story is inspired by a thread from an online forum.