Paid in full! Woman pays her date the $17.31 he SUED her over after she starting texting while they watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
- Brandon Vezmar, 37, from Austin, Texas, sued his date last week for $17.31
- He says his reasoning for the claim is because she was texting during Guardians of the Galaxy - and the amount he's suing for is the price of a movie ticket
- Vezmar said his date's texting was a 'direct violation' of the policy at the theater and that his experience was 'adversely' affected by it
- His date, Crystal Cruz, initially said she wasn't going to pay Vezmar back
- But on Wednesday, she apologized, gave him money and asked him to drop case
- Vezmar accepted her apology and said he would withdraw the suit from court
The woman who made headlines this week after her date sued her over $17.31, has paid the man back and asked that he withdraw the suit.
Brandon Vezmar, 37, from Austin, Texas, sued his date, Crystal Cruz, 35, for $17.31 because she was texting during a movie last Saturday. The pair met each other on an online dating app called Bumble.
When the two arrived at the theater to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, he claimed she started texting 15 minutes into the movie.
'It was kind of a first date from hell,' Vezmar said. 'This is like one of my biggest pet peeves,' he added.
Brandon Vezmar (left and right), 37, from Austin, Texas, received his $17.31 from his date, Crystal Cruz, after he sued her in smalls claims court because she was texting while they watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Moments later, Cruz told Vezmar that she would be right back, after he asked her to stop texting and suggested she go outside.
She then left the theater and drove away, which Vezmar says left him without a ride.
Cruz, who paid Vezmar the $17.31 this week, told Inside Edition that the texts were from a friend who wanted to make sure she was safe on the date.
Vezmar says his reasoning for the claim is because she was texting during Guardians of the Galaxy - and the amount he's suing for is the price of a movie ticket
The $17.31, according to Vezmar, was the amount he paid for the movie ticket to the 3-D showing of the movie.
After their date, Vezmar contacted Cruz the next day asking her to pay him back.
'Crystal, your behavior Saturday was not only rude but it cost me money. I want you to compensate me for the $17 movie ticket. Will you do this or do I have to pursue the money in small claims court?' he texted her.
Cruz called the incident 'crazy' and told him she wasn't going to pay him back.
He filed the incident in small claims court saying it cost him $17.31, adding that the texting habit is 'a threat to civilized society'.
In his petition, Vezmar got into the minutiae of his date's texting habits during the movie.
She 'activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages,' he claimed, adding that it was a 'direct violation' of the policy at the theater and that his experience was 'adversely' affected by it.
'I had my phone low and I wasn't bothering anybody. It wasn't like constant texting,' Cruz said.
When Vezmar texted her afterwards and asked that she pay him back for the movie ticket and pizza, she refused. She cited her reasoning as: 'He took me out on a date.'
She said she is also going to file a protective order against Vezmar because he allegedly tried to contact her little sister for the money he felt he was owed.
'While damages sought are modest, the principle is important as defendant's behavior is a threat to civilized society,' Vezmar's petition read.
On Wednesday, Cruz apologized and gave Vezmar the money, asking him to 'just leave this alone'.
Vezmar accepted her apology and said he will withdraw his suit.
In text messages to Cruz afterwards, Vezmar explained that her texting was 'not only rude, but it cost me money.' She responded, calling the situation 'insane'. Vezmar later withdrew the lawsuit after Cruz paid him back
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