German Man Accidentally Maces Entire Theater While Opening His Beer

Your sketchiest movie theater story has nothing on this one.

By Ethan L. Johns
November 02, 2017

Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty

There’s nothing worse in a movie theater than sitting behind that person who talks through the whole film. At least, that’s what we thought before we heard about this one.

Cinema patrons were taking their seats earlier this week in Osnabrück, Germany, when a rather spicy incident occurred.

In an attempt to open his pre-film beer, a 29-year-old man tried out the old bottle cap leverage trick. Only instead of using a lighter, another bottle or even his teeth, he decided that it would be a good idea to use a can of pepper spray to open his beer.

Everything went to the dogs with a pop and a hiss. Unable to contain the searing contents with his fingers, the pepper spray dispersed through the theater, effectively macing everyone in the room in the process. The nearly 200 people in the theater fled, eyes searing. It was, as the cinema manager explained to German news agency dpa, “chaos.”

Police were quickly called to the scene, but after opening the windows and letting the place air out for 30 minutes, the film was restarted and everyone affected received free drinks.

Many German cinemas sell beer and other alcoholic beverages, so why didn’t the man just ask for an opener at the reception desk? Isn’t that the burning question.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns