I’ve rediscovered a big pet pet peeve of mine today. One of the things that irritates me are people who are rude with their cell phone. I have had the pleasure of shopping for groceries while another customer was talking on her cell phone the entire time. As she talked very loudly, I was forced to hear all about how her husband is a jerk and I also know all about her financial problems as well as what she is planning on doing over the weekend. I felt so annoyed the entire time I was shopping. I wanted to ask her to please, just shut up. Then to top it off, when I went up to check out who do you think was in line in front of me? Yes, it was her again. She was on the phone the entire time the cashier checked her out. I was hoping the cashier would skip her completely.
I have customers at work that will be at my window while I’m running their transactions, and they will be talking on their phone. Never mind the fact that it can be rude, especially if I have to ask questions and get more information. People don’t realize how much information they share when they talk on their phones in closed quarters. Am I being completely crazy in thinking this way? How do you feel about using cell phones in public? Have you had any funny experiences?
Here are some funny stories about overhearing people talking on their phone.
After a very busy day, a commuter settled down in her seat and closed her eyes as the train departed Montreal for Hudson.
As the train rolled out of the station, the guy sitting next to her pulled out his cell phone and started talking in a loud voice.
“Hi sweetheart...it’s Eric. 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 floozie from the accounts office, with the boss. No sweetheart, you’re the only one in my life – yes, I’m sure, cross my heart.” etc, etc.
Fifteen minutes later, he was still talking loudly, when the young woman sitting next to him, who was obviously angered by his continuous diatribe, yelled at the top of her voice, ”Hey Eric, turn that stupid phone off and come back to bed!”
Eric doesn’t use his cell phone in public any longer.
“Jeff” retells an experience his wife had while they were out to dinner.
While my wife overheard a woman answering her cell phone while in the other stall (one of only two) in the women's restroom at a restaurant. This woman had been in there a while, as my wife had waited in line for some time and had observed the 2 people ahead of her going in and then coming out of the other stall before going to use that one herself, yet had not seen this person go into the first stall.
My wife took this cue to flush and exit the stall while banging the inward-opening door open on the way to the sink. I always wonder how that one-sided conversation continued after that.
I would have yelled "SHES HIDING IN THE WOMENS ROOM" loud enough for the guy to hear it.