Man’s story about crying baby in movies sparks debate over theater etiquette
Spider-Man: No Path Home has officially released to the world, which means people are flocking to theaters around the world. A Redditor known as u / thatguybob321 took to the “Am I the asshole” subreddit on the forum after a less than desirable screening of the film directed by Tom Holland.
“Holy shit. I just got back from seeing the new one Spider Man movie (no spoilers but that was pretty good) and maybe 6 seats to my left was a mom and dad who had come with their baby, “the man wrote. “During every emotional and major scene in the movie, the baby was crying or screaming and frankly making the movie a lot less enjoyable.”
He explained that the mother finally released the baby, but only after the crying lasted “5 minutes at a stretch, despite constantly making noise for about 1/3 of the movie, and after she came back, he started working again. “
The post garnered over 37,700 upvotes and 2,500 comments in one day. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH), babies not only disturb other moviegoers, but loud, loud noises can cause “irreversible damage to their little ears.”
The man went on to say, “I don’t understand why you can’t find a babysitter for your baby during the 3 hours you’re going to be at the movies, but instead you have to bring the baby to the movies and actively making everyone’s viewing experience worse, âhe continued. “I don’t mind babies in other settings, but an af ***** g movie ??? Not to mention a loud action movie ??? Come on! Theaters really need to ban babies. “
The complaint sparked outrage in the comments section.
“We had a baby who cried for A quiet place. It doubly spoils the mood, “Cheerchick1944 wrote.
âI couldn’t agree more. We went to watch a screening of Hereditary at 11pm on a weekday evening, and there was someone who had a toddler and a baby. The little one did. kept running and climbing on the seats, and the baby was screaming no stop. This lady just sat there like she hadn’t even noticed it. I finally said something to her and she gathered them up and is gone. I try to be polite and non-confrontational but damn it, come on. And why do you have these babies coming out at midnight in the middle of the week in an R rated horror movie ?? ” users commented.
lexmaster02 said, “I am my town, there is a show at 10:00 am on Saturday morning called a ‘low light show.’ They do not darken the theater completely and children are encouraged to come and be children. You can bring kids and family. That defines the expectation of a loud show. They are always full!
âBefore the pandemic. Theaters used to make rules banning babies and toddlers in some movies after the 7pm screening. We’ve seen some crazy stuff – parents taking multiple kids under 5 to R-rated movies for the late screening. a woman in front of us opens her laptop to work during the movie !!! She was so upset when we told her to shut it down. Too many people are too self-centered, “Aflair67 added.
And finally, a tip from someone who knows: âFun fact from a former AMC employee: if you have issues with a loud / distributive customer (baby screaming, disruptive teens / people etc). . Go out, complain and come back. A member of staff will come in and watch to see if this continues. If so, they have to do something about it. If not and it’s a unique thing, fine, “Pikalover10 wrote.
They continued, “If the employee comes out and it starts all over again, wait until the movie ends, ask a manager and explain what happened and you want a refund. Never has a manager contested a situation like this. especially if the customer was calm and polite about it. They won’t refund your concessions but you will at least get your ticket money (or more likely a voucher for a free movie) back. “