which is worse: stinking like weed or texting in a theater?

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I smoked a little weed before a performance of a B'way musical yesterday (call it "medicinal" - I couldn't stomach the show without it). I politely took my seat with my companion down in the orchestra (great seats!) and proceeded to flip through my program, enjoying the moment of excitement before the curtain went up. I did not act out, behave stupidly or do anything out of the ordinary.

Within the first 15 minutes of the show, the gentlemen next to me checked his cellphone THREE TIMES, distracting me out of the darkness of an otherwise semi-pleasant experience.

I planned my attack.

During the next round of applause, I asked, "Are you a doctor?"

"No."

"Well then, would you mind putting that away? It's very distracting."

"Well, I didn't say anything about you reeking of marijuana smoke when you walked into the theater."

Touché!

It got a little ugly (he called me rude ... I told him it was distracting again ... then he almost got physical on me - he had a Napoleon complex for sure - all during a 30 second applause moment - the lady in front of us turned around ... and then I told him to shut the eff up to end the confrontation). What a lovely night at the theater! Regardless ... that cellphone didn't come out one more time during the show. :)

Sure, I've been offended by peoples' cologne in public - so be it - and in California, I'm sure half the people in the audience would've reeked of pot, too. But here it's illegal - but isn't texting and using a cellphone in a theater illegal these days or is that just wishful thinking on my part?

which is worse: stinking like weed or texting in a theater?
Updated On: 5/30/10 at 10:46 AM
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Personally I love the stink of weed. There's no excuse for texting in a theatre,
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When I was at Aaron Tveit's last, the gentleman I was sitting next to in the mezzanine had on very strong cologne. It affected the entire performance for me. If he had been texting the whole time, I also would have been pissed. In other words, BOTH are just as rude, only in different ways. Shame on you.
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Okay okay ... shame on me! ... but the scent of marijuana doesn't stick around as long as the stench of cologne.
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I would much rather have a texter next to me than a smoker. You should be ashamed.
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Why did you go to a show that you have to smoke weed to stomach it? Which one was it?

I think you and this person were both out of place.
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I can stomach the smell of marijuana a little more than I could cigarette smoke. If I was seated next to someone reeking of cigarettes or cologne, I would have to move, especially bc too much cologne/perfume makes me sneeze. To wear that much is just so rude to others.
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I too would like to know which show this was...
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Would it have been different if the OP had smoked a cigarette first? I think the stink of ciggs are wayyyyyyy worse than marijuana smoke.
I think texting is way worse.
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Well to answer your question, I think the texting is worse. But I do love the smell of pot.
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I don't like to smell anything on anyone, and I hate texters, so both are equally offensive. My whole row smelled like pot when I saw HAIR. I wasn't sure it they were piping it in or if the hippies in my row smoked up outside. Either way, it wasn't as bad as I thought.
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Using cell phones is against the rules; the signal can interfere with the system at the theatre. Strong odors are (unfortunately) not, so regardless of what you smoked, you win.
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I think pot is gross. I'd be pissed at both things.
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I don't have a problem with pot, but you shouldn't enter a theatre smelling of ANYTHING.

You're both wrong and rude.
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Smoke your pot and enjoy it! which is worse: stinking like weed or texting in a theater?

There's no excuse for texting.
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LOL - thanks for the discussion! I realize I wasn't right - I thought it was a great story, though, considering we're both at fault, I suppose!

And to answer your question: it was The Addams Family.
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Most obnoxious thread I've ever read on here. Both behaviors are disgusting.
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I would much rather the person next to me smell like pot or cologne than BO. I sat next to this woman at Everyday Rapture who smelt like mold, it was disgusting.
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Aaron Tvet's last what?
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If you wash your hands and pop a mint after, I'd think you really wouldn't reek that much, at least in nicer weather. I've found when you smoke it outside in the winter the scent just clings to you after.

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They're both inexcusable, but I personally hate the smell of weed, so I'd say that's worse.
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I have nothing against pot smokers, I just don't want to smell it. Also, I'd rather smell pot or cologne than something foul. I have also smelled mold and mildew and dirty crotch at the theatre (usually at weekday matinees-and yes, they were seniors who reeked).
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"I would much rather the person next to me smell like pot or cologne than BO. I sat next to this woman at Everyday Rapture who smelt like mold, it was disgusting"

A lot of people smelt like mold when I saw ER too!
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Kinda makes you miss the days of top hats and capes to the theatre...
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the texting is much worse than the smelling like pot.
many more people are distracted by the light from a cell phone than were probably distracted by the smell.
i, also, think it's not right to smell like too much of anything when you're in such a tight space, but the texting is worse.