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Things I Loathe #6 (in no apparent order)

May 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

There’s a group of us and we are sitting in a restaurant.  There is much camaraderie and everyone is having a good time.  And then a phone rings.

The phone is fished out of a pocket, the owner looks at the screen to see who it is and answers it.  Conversation at the table comes to a dead stop.  Well, all conversation except for the person on the cell phone.  We sit frozen in silence as the call goes on for too long.  It’s not like we are listening in, but people talk louder on a phone and we do not want to talk over the call.

I understand that the phone call may be important, but the one-sided call is dominating the table.  We wait.  I seethe.

This is just plain rude.  If you are sitting with a group and have to take a call, then just get up from the table and walk away with the call.  Let us continue our conversation.  We should not be subjected to this.  When you are done with your call, just come back and rejoin the conversation.

This has happened on more than one occasion and with different people.  When it happens again, I will interrupt and tell them to take it outside.

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  • 1 mitch // May 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Amen. That is almost as rude … actually maybe moreso … as the clowns who use their speakerphones at max regardless of where they are. The whole bank doesn’t need to know that Sadie has a hangnail.

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  • 2 slave 7 // May 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    The best way is to fight rudeness with fake rudeness. Start asking the person on the phone questions while he is on the phone. Better yet , ask him who he is talking to. Then ask him to ask questions to the person he is talking to on the phone. Most people get the hint. Most, but not all.

    My pet peeve is waitresses who call you “honey”. First time they do, I call them “honey” back, Second time I call them ‘honey pot”. There hasn’t been a third time.

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