Regular readers of this space know Gary Nodler, the lawmaker who whined in a movie theater when developmentally disabled adults made too much noise for his liking. Nodler complained, demanded an apology, insisted on a polygraph, made a fool of himself -- and then it emerged that he was using a free pass to get into the cinema.
Truly an asshat.
Nodler was at the (free) movies with his brother, Charles. Now that the senator's story has been met with derision, Charles wants us all to know that Brother Gary did nothing wrong.
In a letter to the Joplin Globe, Charles Nodler writes:
Although I rarely write any opinion letters, I am responding to Max McCoy's recent article that sought my comments. I will give my recollection of this event.
My brother (Missouri state Sen. Gary Nodler) and I went to a movie on my day off from work. We arrived just before the start of the movie. During the first 10 to 15 minutes of the film, there were continuous noise and distractions from the back of the theater. It was too loud to permit us to hear and enjoy the film. At this point, my brother said, "Do you want to stay or leave?" I said I wanted to leave because I wasn't able to enjoy the film.
There was a woman near the opposite door as we left the theater, my brother said to me that the noise was too loud. The young woman said, "You should have either more compassion or consideration for these people."
My brother then said, "Excuse me? It has nothing to do with compassion. The noise was preventing other people from being able to watch the film."
During this short exchange, the young woman used profanity, at which point we left.
When we got to the lobby, a group of other patrons from the same film were asking for refunds. My brother confirmed to the manager that there was noise in the theater and that one person was using foul language. The manager asked him to point this person out. We did, and the manager then said he would monitor the film and if any more distractions occurred, the group would have to leave.
When we exchanged our tickets, the cashier said that she had exchanged several for this movie. I was never contacted by anyone since the event happened to ask my recollections, even though I was the only witness to the entire event.
Boors or boneheads? We can't decide.