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As I settled in for the Back to the Mac event yesterday, I made sure to turn off my cell phone ringer, as you do when you head into a movie, presentation, or theater experience. However, a number of other people either forgot, or disregarded this courtesy, as I noticed
a lot of ringers, buzzers, and mobile notifications going off while Steve Jobs and co. were on stage. But I wasn't the only one — Steve actually asked us all to take a moment to turn our phones to vibrate and our laptop volumes down while he waited to continue. There were a few red-faced journalists in the audience after that! I know no one is perfect, but I still can't believe that for some, it's not yet an automatic tick to reach for your phone to turn off your ringer when you enter a theater. It's like muscle memory for me at this point!
Everyone slips up a time or two, so tell me — have you ever been caught with your ringer on during a movie, presentation, or theater event? Vote on the poll and tell us your (embarrassing?) stories below, or in our Cell Phone Rant group!
Really? You can't finish your call before ordering, or at least put it down long enough to finish the transaction? It is especially frustrating because this is your customer, and you have to be nice to customers or else they won't come back.
Now I work as a receptionist at a visitor check-in security desk for a large building. The people I check in every day may be clients for businesses we have in the building, but they're not my customers, so technically I don't have to be all that nice to them, but I really want to be professional at all times. To hear the rest of the cell phone rant, and to give your two cents about what exchequette should do, just read more
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Today's geek out comes to you courtesy of an anecdote posted by SilverFang9899 in the Cell Phone Rant Group. It wasn't so much the cell phone story itself, about a woman screaming and crying on her cell phone — "It sounded as though her boyfriend were breaking up with her" — but a bit that SilverFang wrote about her own reaction.
She wrote: "It didn't really bother me, as I take perverse pleasure into listening to people's phone conversations, but if I were [her], I would have put my window up!"
To see what I think of this 'perverse pleasure', just read more
Usually our cell phone rants have to do with people being on their cell phones at the wrong time and place, like while you're in the ladies' room, ordering food, etc., but here's an offense many of us do at some point, even if you're totally texting in the right time and place: The Ignore.
Have you ever been hanging out with someone when they're text messaging or on their cell phone, and it's like you're not even there?
They might not think they're being rude because they're not mid-conversation with you, but there are some people who will mentally check out because they're texting, and even though you know they can hear you, you can't get into a new conversation at all because their head is only on their phone.
I have a friend who does this — he gets a text and suddenly disappears. I can see him — I just can't talk to him or get him to respond until his text session is over.
To see what else I have to say about the Cell Phone Ignore, just read more
Spending an hour waiting for a prescription to be filled is not anyone's idea of fun, but it happens to all of us once in a while. It happened to me recently, and as I sat in the small waiting area, I people-watched the pharmacy line (and read People, of course).
What had me surprised on this day, other than the length of time it takes Walgreens to get a prescription ready, was the amount of people who stayed on their cell phones while interacting with the pharmacist.
One customer talked so loudly while in line that another customer scolded him; this had no effect, though, since he continued his conversation as the pharmacist at the counter counseled him on how he should take the meds (a multitasker!).
To hear who else had to gab, just read more
I suppose it would be OK to text in certain places that it's not appropriate to be using a cell phone; while you're in a drive-thru, or happily tapping away in the backseat of a taxi cab, but in most scenarios, it is just as rude to be clicking your thumbs through texts as it is to be flapping your lips on your phone.
I don't mean to be ageist, but there's a younger demographic that I've encountered that thinks this is OK — I say this because I found myself chewing out my 20-year-old sister several times (I still love you, baby girl) over the long weekend for texting.
Yes, I know that younger people (man I sound SO old) text more often than they talk on the phone and maybe starving college students can't afford pricey smartphones to email on — I get the practice, but not the dependence.
To see the places I have given my sister the stink eye for texting (including the movies, the most sacred of cell phone abstinence), just read more
OK, Cell Phone Rant group members, I've got a sticky subject on cell phone etiquette. It's pretty cut and dry where not to be on your cell phone, lest you're judged as rude or worse, icky — the drive-thru, ordering food, and yes, the bathroom — but are there places where you're receiving a service that it's OK?
I'm talking specifically about taxi cabs. Live in a city, and you're bound to take a few rides. The thought came to me the other night, when I got in a cab alone and had to let my boyfriend know that I was safely on my way home.
I kept it short because I wasn't alone inside the car, but besides being physically there to drive me, the driver didn't try to engage me in conversation. Our only exchanges were when I got in the car, to tell him where I needed to go, and at the end, to thank him when I paid.
To see what I think, just read more
If I tell the cellphone user to put it away and they don't, I simply go to the usher and tell them that I saw that person trying to record the movie with their cellphone and I get them booted out. Yes, it's not very nice but I feel justified in my doing so.
I have to hand it to you, Foofie, and anyone who speaks up to tech etiquette offenders. There is a time and a place.
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