You are watching Looper for the second time with a friend who hasn’t seen it before. You are seated behind a group of white teenagers who put their feet up on the seats in front of them. What do you do?
A. Nothing. Their feet aren’t on my seat so I’ll leave them alone. (Though it’s gross to contemplate what’s been on your seat back.)
B. Nothing. It’s not my job to teach them how to behave. Their parents have failed, not my problem. Plus I refuse to turn into my parents.
C. Nothing. We should be nice to our foreign guests. (The cultural difference argument.)
D. Call the guard/usher and let him tell them not to put their feet up.
E. Put my feet up on the backs of their seats until they get the hint. (The graphic illustration approach)
F. Tell them politely to put their feet down.
G. Move to another section of the theatre.
H. Yell at them to take their shoes off the goddamn seats there are no sharks on the floor waiting to bite them. (Politeness doesn’t work.)
I. Chat them up in an extremely friendly, creepy way. (Our friend did this once, to a bunch of girls who were showing each other photos of their crushes in the middle of a movie. “Ohh, he’s cute! Can I have your number?”)
J. Accuse them of camcording (now a verb) the movie.
What happened: We assumed the live and let live approach would be the most stress-free and tried it. But then they started yakking and texting—holding up the bright screens for extra aggravation. Our friend told them off. They moved to the front row.