It’s “POLITE SPINE DAY” on Ehell! Two posts today!
I wanted to share a success story with you — and my success is thanks to E-Hell!
Recently, like so many other Americans, I attended a showing of The Hunger Games. It was opening night, so the theater was full and everyone was very excited. My husband and I arrived on time (that is, before the previews) and chose seats in the less-populated back, taking care not to block anyone.
During the previews, a man and two teenagers came in and sat behind us. All was well until the movie started. One of the teens behind us started up a running commentary, comparing the movie to the book.
Normally, I just sit and fume, because I’m always worried about “causing a scene.” My husband would shift and sigh, but he also doesn’t like causing a scene. But I thought about what I’ve learned from your site — to have a polite spine. Plus, I figured the teens probably just didn’t realize how loud they were.
At a lull in the movie I quickly turned around and said, “Can you stop talking, please? Thanks!”
And she did! There was no scene, no seat kicking, no one waiting after the movie (to beat me up? To yell at me?). The teen had a very surprised look on her face; I don’t know if she was embarrassed or just surprised. But I felt proud for speaking up.
Thank you so much! 0411-12