Should cell phones be banned?
Posted 12 February 2003 - 05:29 PM
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Posted 13 February 2003 - 03:43 AM
Posted 13 February 2003 - 06:59 AM
A couple of years ago, I sat behind a "celebrity dance couple" at the State Theater, and their phone rang repeatedly during the performance. At the intermission, they explained to those nearby that they had a sick child at home who needed comforting.
I don't blame the kid. Mom or Dad or both, however, might have skipped the premiere for a little parent duty.
Posted 13 February 2003 - 07:08 AM
Posted 01 May 2003 - 05:46 PM
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Posted 02 May 2003 - 02:48 AM
Problem is, theaters don't want to anger their patrons, so they have to be very nice, even when people get rude with cell phones.
We remind our patrons to turn off their cell phones. And if someone comes in with a camera, we confiscate it at intermission. As a dancer on-stage, I help out by providing reports of exactly where the camera is, and who has it (the people managing the house have a view of the audience from behind, and can sometimes miss things like cameras for that reason).
Posted 02 May 2003 - 03:08 AM
Originally posted by citibob
I don't think a law is needed. Theaters already have the right to ban cell phones, and confiscate any cell phone that rings. As far as I know, this has never been challenged in court; hence, no need for anything stricter.
Not in the State or City of New York. The fourth and fourteenth amendments to the US Constitution, as well as parts of the State Constitution and the City Charter limit search and seizure and provide that no person shall be deprived of property without due process of law. Now, a jurisdiction may regulate and limit the use of property, but a taking is a slam-dunk for a trial lawyer! The theaters may possibly provide the offender with a check and an instruction to pick up the stuff at the checkroom after the performance and remain within the law, but outright confiscation is clearly illegal.
Posted 02 May 2003 - 10:13 AM
Posted 02 May 2003 - 10:14 AM
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