Jhannet Sejas is a struggling immigrant trying to put herself through college (we’ve all been there, not the struggling immigrant part, but the whole college thing) and to celebrate her 19th birthday she caught a showing of Transformers with her boyfriend. Now she faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for filming 20 seconds of the coolest movie ever made.
The pimply-faced assistant manager at the Ballston Common mall theater in Arlington, VA spotted Sejas ‘filming’ and called the cops. She and her boyfriend were escorted out of the theater and the Canon Power Shot she used to film the movie was confiscated. Sejas claims to have pirated the clip to show her little brother to get him excited about it.
This is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read about. It’s not like she’s going to sell the clip to anyone. It’s already been CAM’d and there are hundreds of clips floating around. This is a complete waste of time and the Regal Cinemas Ballston Common 12 are a bunch of douchebags for prosecuting this poor girl.
Out of the Theater, Into the Courtroom [Washington Post]