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Woman Maces Man in Movie Theater After Suggesting She Turn Off Her Phone

During a Monday night screening of Mr. Turner at the TCL Chinese theater in Hollywood, a man was maced in the face after imploring the woman in front of him to turn off her bright cellphone.

“He was saying ‘Excuse me sir, could you please turn off your screen'” over and over, the eyewitness tells Mashable (he had apparently mistaken the woman for a man). After repeating himself several times, and without a response, the man then tapped the woman on the shoulder.

The woman reacted angrily to being touched, and “flipped out” on him, the eyewitness said. “She stands up and starts cursing, saying ‘You hit me, you hit me, I’m going to call the police.” She then turned the phone’s flashlight function on and pointed it directly at the man’s face.

That’s when she took out her can of mace to defend herself from this egregious assault.

The awkward standoff lasted for nearly a minute, the witness said, and she continued shining the light even as people all around implored her to turn it off and sit down. As the man was calmly defending himself, she then told him she had mace and started digging in her bag.

Without hesitation, she took the cap off the bottle, pointed it directly in his face and sprayed him at point-blank range. The man and the woman sitting next to him sat for a moment in shock as she sat back down. As the couple left, the man slapped the woman on the arm and said something to her, the eyewitness said.

Witnesses say the woman sat back down to watch the movie for 20 minutes before security escorted her out. She did not make a scene while leaving but it was pretty awkward. No word why she lost it when some guy tapped her on the shoulder to ask her to stop annoying everyone. Maybe it’s because he kept calling her “sir”. Maybe she’s been mistaken for a man her entire life and just finally snapped. Maybe she’s just nuts.

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