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Old 08-11-2013, 08:40 AM   #1
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Cell Phone in public = Appropriate...

...So many times I wanted to do this.
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After a tiring day, a commuter settled down in his seat and closed his eyes.
As the train rolled out of the station, the young woman sitting next to him pulled out her cell phone and started talking in a loud voice:

"Hi sweetheart. It's Sue. I'm on the train".

"Yes, I know it's the six thirty and not the four thirty, but I had a long meeting".

"No, honey, not with that Kevin from the accounting office. It was with the boss".

"No sweetheart, you're the only one in my life".

"Yes, I'm sure, cross my heart!"

Fifteen minutes later, she was still talking loudly.

When the man sitting next to her had enough, he leaned over and said into the phone, "Sue, hang up the phone and come back to bed."

Sue doesn't use her cell phone in public any longer.
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Good one!
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When someone in public is loud on their cell phone. I have a little trick that shuts them up. I start to repeat EVERYTHING they say out loud. I become an echo. Usually when they become aware of me doing this they either hang up, or start to whisper. Works everytime!!
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Or when they are texting and walk into you and the least courteous is talking on their phone while sitting under the "Please don't talk on your cell phone" sign.

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Just put your cell phone up to your ear and start talking louder.

My fun part, and I'll step to an unused area if I have to converse, is when i'm talking on the cell phone, no one knows I'm on the cell. My hearing aids are the "in the canal" type and they are blue tooth compatible with my cell through a device I have around my neck. Usually the device is inside my shirt. So when I'm talking, people around me will start answering me. That can be amusing.
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I travel through airports a lot. Often there are people having conversations on their cell phone, while walking/wandering around and across a walkway where other are trying to walk through. The talker is not paying any attention to what's going on around them - and I am trying to figure out how to dodge them as they wander around...

As for those who are loud - I often shhhh them. I get a dirty look usually, but they quiet down or get off the phone.
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In 99.9% of cell phone users, once on the phone they have no idea as to what is going on around them. It is a learned trait to be able to observe and talk on the phone.

Many years ago I had a 1993 Lincoln Mark VI that had a hands free phone system. I could push a button on the side post and the phone would come on and I could give it voice commands.

When I first started using this I noticed that after about 5-10 minutes on the phone, and terminating the call, I would become aware of my surroundings and where i was on the ride home. I had no recollection of any lights, stop signs, turns, cars passing me or me passing cars. Basically i was driving on instinct. Once I deduced what was happening in that I was totally distracted by the hands free I made a conscientious effort to "multi-task" with talking and keeping aware.

The same goes for the walkers. They have no idea they are talking loud, where they are, who is in front of them or coming at them from the side - they are just waking on instinct.

Cell phone use robs ones instincts. Next time using a cell phone stop and think of this.

Edited: Now-a-days, my head is always in the clouds.
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I have often taken a float plane from Nanaimo to Vancouver and one thing you will notice when walking to the plane. There are signs stating that cell phone use is prohibited? I wondered why and asked the pilot I was walking with. He said the danger was not with electronics on the planes but people not paying attention and walking right off the float and into the salt chuck. I couldn't imagine the laughter!!
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My husband use to go into bathroom stalls at the airport and think the person in the next stall was talking to him until he realized they were on their phone. He'd be going "What?" This is way before he got a cell. We still have the 85 Chevy pickup that he put a bumper sticker on that reads "Hang Up and Drive!"
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Cyndi,

I can relate to that!
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That's hilarious!
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I have to talk loud on my cheap cell phone or the person on the other end can't hear me. I suppose that's fair because I can't hear them either and most of our conversations are "What", What, "What", What, and so on. With some of my friends that I have trained you can pull the phone away from your ear and then you can talk into the mouth piece without shouting, then you put the phone back to your ear and listen. But, some people just don't get this and it is hard to have a conversation with them. Someone told me it's because cell phones use a digital signal and it is a lot harder to understand speech on them as opposed to the old days of analog phones hooked to lines.
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Ya know what happens when you pull someone's arm away from their head, then quickly let go of it?

Tempting at times.
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