Shipwrecks have inspired some of our greatest works of art and literature. They have been the stages of some of history’s most daring rescues and most beneficent acts of humanity. But shipwrecks have a darker side too–there are as many tales of cannibalism, murder and plunder as there are of rescue and salvation. You just never know what you’re going to get (besides, of course, a shipwreck–they remain everyday disasters along our coasts).
So I can’t say I was all that surprised to read this story about the passions certain shipwrecks can enflame. The wreck in question was none other than Titanic. In this case it was “Titanic 3D.” You can’t make this stuff up.
Apparently a 21-year-old Washington man on a date at the local movie theatre punched an 10-year-old heckler engaging in one of life’s rites of passage: making noise and throwing popcorn during an overwrought movie. The pugilist left the pre-adolescent with a bloody nose and a missing tooth.
Here are some details gleaned from the police report:
The boy, identified in the police report as KJJ, was at the theater with three friends. They met police in the lobby. They said they were watching the movie and talking when Kim told them to be quiet. They quieted down, but KJJ says when he whispered something, Kim jumped over the seat, threw an iced drink at them and punched KJJ in the face.
Kim said something to the effect of “You know what, I paid a lot of money to see this movie,” the police report said.
Kim told police the boys’ behavior was worse than talking. He says they were hitting him and his girlfriend with popcorn, running back and forth in the aisle and bumping him with their arms.
“At one point Yong stepped over the seats and confronted the subjects behind him,” the police report says. “Yong said he was talking to the subjects when they started laughing at him. Yong said he became so angry and swung his arm at one of the subjects and hit him in the face.”
A manager at the theater referred a request for comment to a corporate spokesman.
“We strongly encourage guests to be respectful of their fellow moviegoers, and to report any disturbance to an AMC associate, so that we may handle it directly,” AMC Theatres spokesman Ryan Noonan said in a statement. “The safety and security of our guests and associates is important to us, and we want everyone to enjoy the moviegoing experience.”
Mr. Noonan said the theater’s management told him no one had complained about audience behavior prior to the incident.