Look, we know that having your smartphone’s battery go into the red is something that makes you deeply anxious — we’ve been there many times ourselves. But at some point, you’ll just have to accept the fact that the device is going to go into low-power mode and you’ll only be able to use it for the barest of necessities such as making important phone calls to friends and family. This simple concept was apparently too much for one smartphone user attending a Broadway show to handle, however, as he climbed up on the stage before the start of the performance and tried to charge his device in a fake outlet that was part of the show’s set.
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Playbill has been tracking this story and aggregating fellow audience members’ reactions to the desperate smartphone user, who was reportedly heckled loudly when he plugged his device into the fake outlet.
“At ‘Hand to God’ tonight I saw on audience member climb onto the stage right before the show and plug his cell phone into a (fake) electrical outlet on the set. ON. THE. SET,” fumed attendee Chris York on his Facebook account after the show. “The crew had to stop the precook music, remove the cellphone, and make an announcement as to why you can’t do that. Truly. I am a quiet and reserved person and I took great joy in loudly heckling the idiot when he returned to take his phone back.”
Amazingly, this isn’t the worst smartphone-related fine arts debacle we’ve heard of — no, that honor goes to the concertgoer whose iPhone went off during the final minutes of Mahler’s 9th Symphony at a New York Philharmonic performance. Still, that concertgoer at least had a proper excuse in that he had just bought the phone and had no idea how to shut it off. The theatergoer in this story, on the other hand, was just being boldly stupid.