photo courtesy Annie Rae
So how rampant has cell phone use become in movie theatres? Apparently rampant enough that some theatre companies like "Cinemark" are taking action to curb it. Cinemark has just released a smartphone app that allows their patrons to receive coupons for free and discounted concessions if they use the app to silence and dim their phones while watching movies.
Another theatre company, Texas-based Alamo Drafhouse who is already known for their strict "no-phone" policies have said they will call police and have people arrested for attempting to "pirate-record" films using cell phones. They've also instituted a "one warning" policy on texting/talking. You get one infraction and the next one, they'll kick you out of the film with no refund. They enforced this rule on a woman last year who retaliated with an angry voicemail that eventually made it's way to YouTube and other internet sites, going viral. The woman went on and on cursing Alamo saying she talked/texted in theaters constantly and they were the only ones to punish her. Then she said "I'm never coming back to the Alamo" and they said. "Good, we don't want ya".
Okay, so neither of the aforementioned theatre companies operate facilities in the West Michigan area, but is this a glimpse at the future? Will more movie houses clamp down on cell phone use? And, will you be a target?
photo courtesy Kelli Waggoner
If you think high chairs and booster seats are safe places for infants, you might want to talk with Kelli Waggoner who posted this photo of her daughter, 3 year old Harper who sustained a head injury after falling out of hers last year.
According to a new study, high chair/booster seat related injuries to infants has jumped 22% in the last 10 years. Dr. Gary Smith who was part of the study says there have been more 9,400 injuries per year. The scary part is that they don't know why there's been such a dramatic increase in kids being hurt. Part of the reason they say could be cause the chairs are usually positioned right next to dining tables or counters, which are hard surfaces, so when the kids fall out of the chairs, they crack their heads on those counters and table tops.
But a a deeper question would be why are they falling out in the first place? The experts answer that question by saying parents and caregivers are not strapping the kids in correctly to the chairs. So, treat that high chair just like a car seat and make sure the little ones are tucked in tightly.
If you're a fan of Danica Patrick's NASCAR career, you'll probably sympathize with her on this story. If not, you'll probably agree with the host of tweeters who think she's kinda being a little cry baby.
At the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards last Friday night, Actor/Comedian and host of the event, Jay Mohr used his podium to poke a little fun at Danica. Evidently, she was seated in the front of the house and he told the crowd she probably wasn't used to being "that close to the front", referring to her less than stellar performances on the race track. The crowd roared with laugter, but Danica and her fellow NASCAR boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. seemed a little put off. In fact, it was so obvious, folks watching at home immediately took to twitter with comments on how she couldn't take a joke, how she should see the humor in it and stop "cwying wike a widdle baby".
What do you think? Did Mohr cross the line or are the twitter comments appropriate?