i am curious to see what others think of this topic. I work in customer service and i am constantly seeing people who are on their cell phones when i am trying to wait on them. i am forced to wait until they are done with their conversation, or i must yell loudly to get their attention. Then the person will apologize to the other person on the phone but not to me. Now this irritates me because i am doing them a service. why should they not apologize to me? why should i have to wait for them to get off the phone to do my job when all they have to do is finish their conversation before they come in or tell that person to hang on. I do have a job to do and waiting on them causes other people to have to wait to. It just amazes me how people treat other people, especially workers who are waiting or serving them. I never treat people rudely or mean. I always say thank you, and have a nice day to people who wait on me....especially people who say it to me. But if you are on your phone and do not say a word to me after i have said thank you and have a nice day what does that say about you?
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Some businesses will not wait on customers who are on cell phones when they reach their windows or counters.

Some people have no manners about them. If you are on your phone, please put it down or end the converstaion to take care of business. Either that or wait until your call has ended to get in line!
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Originally posted by sadonna:
i am curious to see what others think of this topic. I work in customer service and i am constantly seeing people who are on their cell phones when i am trying to wait on them. i am forced to wait until they are done with their conversation, or i must yell loudly to get their attention. Then the person will apologize to the other person on the phone but not to me. Now this irritates me because i am doing them a service. why should they not apologize to me? why should i have to wait for them to get off the phone to do my job when all they have to do is finish their conversation before they come in or tell that person to hang on. I do have a job to do and waiting on them causes other people to have to wait to. It just amazes me how people treat other people, especially workers who are waiting or serving them. I never treat people rudely or mean. I always say thank you, and have a nice day to people who wait on me....especially people who say it to me. But if you are on your phone and do not say a word to me after i have said thank you and have a nice day what does that say about you?




My daughter and son-in-law own a Church's Chicken outlet here in St. Petersburg Fl. The way they handle it that when someone comes to the counter on the phone, they skip to the next person in line PERIOD.
I have the (almost) perfect solution. If they are in your line and talking on the phone, wait about 10 seconds for them to get off the phone. When they don't, tell the next person behind them to step up to the counter. The person on the phone may cause a scene, but I am sure everyone in that line will applaud you.
It's is rude and inconsiderate to talk on a cell phone while conducting business. A lot of things people do on cell phones are rude from texting in movies, to yapping on their cell phone next to your table in a restaurant, to driving while talking and not using their turn signals.
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Originally posted by mkbud1:
I really don't see a problem texting in movies as long as the phone is on silent.....
The sound isn't the only issue. Also there is the fact that your screen lights up like a little flashlight. That is very distracting to other people in the theater. If you can text with your phone on silent and with your screen light off, then go right ahead.
I was in line at the bank drive through. I needed to make a deposit & this was 15 minutes before the bank closes (couldn't be helped - that's for jetboy Big Grin ).

Two cars in front of me, first one is quickly finished with transaction & then comes the next woman in front of me. She is so busy talking on the phone that she holds the line up for a full TEN minutes. I bet the teller was more irritated than I was. They close the windows before I can get up there, but as I was about to pull away without complaint (because it wasn't the bank's fault), the teller took pity on me & said to wait, that she'd help me, bless her sweet heart.

I also hate when I'm in a store & someone is speaking very loudly on their cell phone. I'm not sure what the point of this is? If I were the store owner, I think I'd have to say something. Customers leaving my store to get away from the Mouth of the South is not good for business.
I can see your point T S C. I guess I've just never noticed the light or been distracted by it.When I've had to text, I thought I was being considerate by texting (I only do it on a emergency basis anyway). I'd never talk to anyone on the cell in a movie....or if it happens to ring in a restaurant, I go outside to answer it.....
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Originally posted by T S C:
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Originally posted by mkbud1:
I really don't see a problem texting in movies as long as the phone is on silent.....
The sound isn't the only issue. Also there is the fact that your screen lights up like a little flashlight. That is very distracting to other people in the theater. If you can text with your phone on silent and with your screen light off, then go right ahead.
I don't think that cell phone etiquette bothers the younger ones as much as us "old folks" who remember way back when having a cordless phone was a big deal! Smiler
I am one of the "younger ones" and cell phones can bother me too in certain cases. Such as when someone's ringer is on entirely too loud or if they are talking very loudly about personal issues in public! It is funny how the "old folks" think they have to scream into a cell phone so the other person can hear them! I text in the movies too, but keep my phone in my purse so it cuts down on the light.
At the pharmacy, they also have a sign up that says to stay off your cell phone so they can have your full attention. Maybe some other business could benefit by putting up a sign like this. If I am on my phone and trying to order something, I tell the person on the phone that I will either call them back or they will have to hold on a minute. We are going to have to get used to it-some people are courteous and some are not!
I don't get the people who are waiting for service - waiting rooms, waiting for a seat at a restaurant, etc. - that have very loud, very public phone conversations. I don't want to hear it, and I bet the people they are talking to don't want me to either.
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Originally posted by T S C:
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Originally posted by mkbud1:
I really don't see a problem texting in movies as long as the phone is on silent.....
The sound isn't the only issue. Also there is the fact that your screen lights up like a little flashlight. That is very distracting to other people in the theater. If you can text with your phone on silent and with your screen light off, then go right ahead.


Some of them can send messages without even seeing the keypad. I have witnessed a message sent while the phone was in a kid's pocket. He used the texting "language", and did not have any typing errors. I remember a few high school kids getting caught cheating on exams by this method a year or so ago.

Of course, it's a little hard to read a text message without looking at the screen.
I like the "take the next person in line" idea!
If my phone rings while i'm in line i hit the ignore button and send the caller to voice mail. I've never had a caller not undertsand that i was busy and couldn't talk at the moment.
The only exception is my son's school...that gets answered no matter where i am.
If my phone rings while I'm conducting any kind of business, I don't answer. With call waiting, I always know who's calling & call back when I'm finished.
I am totally amused over the line some banks draw and ask you to wait behind before stopping forward to protect privacy when the person(s) behind you are discussing the most personal business on their cell phones for all to hear! The other interesting place to be is in the Day Surgery Waiting Room at Helen Keller! I could have testified at the divorce proceedings! lol
Guess I'm just getting old, but for the life of me I can't understand what needs to be said so badly that some people seem to feel the need to talk or text in a line, or in a movie or a restaurant or even driving along the road.
I admit I will take a call, or even make one on occasion but I keep it short. I just don't care to chit-chat on and on .

You got to wonder how the human race managed to climb out of the primeval ooze without cell phones the way people use them now.
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Originally posted by earthmomma:
I am totally amused over the line some banks draw and ask you to wait behind before stopping forward to protect privacy when the person(s) behind you are discussing the most personal business on their cell phones for all to hear! The other interesting place to be is in the Day Surgery Waiting Room at Helen Keller! I could have testified at the divorce proceedings! lol
..................earthmomma, that's priceless, haha!! But you are so right . It's amazing what people will say loudly about their personal business in the waiting rooms. Sometimes I have to leave the room I am so annoyed,,and the Dr. office and hospitals have got to be the worst.
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Originally posted by excelman:
Guess I'm just getting old, but for the life of me I can't understand what needs to be said so badly that some people seem to feel the need to talk or text in a line, or in a movie or a restaurant or even driving along the road.
I admit I will take a call, or even make one on occasion but I keep it short. I just don't care to chit-chat on and on .

You got to wonder how the human race managed to climb out of the primeval ooze without cell phones the way people use them now.


That sounds like me. I'll return a call or talk a bit if someone calls me, but i very rarely initiate a call just to talk.
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Originally posted by SO TIRED OF IGNORANCE:
I'm in drive-thru. Gotta get a chicken biscuit for my daughter. "GIRL" in front of me is on the phone. You can hear the woman on the speaker YELLING at the girl CAN I TAKE YOUR ORDER like oh, 3 times. Then when she places her order, I move up and so on. Then she stops before the 1st window and is laughin and carryin on. She gets to the window and from what I could tell continues her conversation and forgets to ask for something so she BACKS up almost into me. I almost lost my religion. I yelled out the window GET OFF THE FREAKIN PHONE> my daughter was embarrassed........she is 11........LOL


Big Grin

Embarrassing our kids regularly is half the fun of having them.

The woman that was in front of me - same deal - bank teller could not get her attention because she's yapping on her cell phone. I think I'll hang my head out the window next time & try your remedy. That just cracks me up.
Hi to all,

I have a new twist on cell phone lunacy. Starting on July 1st in California a driver must be over 18 and have a hands free cell phone if he/she is driving. The Highway Patrol and all police agencies are very strict on this new law. Get caught and there is no leniency -- no excuses -- a $100 fine for the first offense; $200 for the second -- and so on. This all makes great sense to me.

Yet, anyone, a teenager, an adult, anyone -- can still text message while driving. They can still surf the internet on their cell phone while driving a car.

But, don't talk on the cell phone without a hands free setup.

Which do you think is more likely to cause an accident on the freeway -- an adult talking on the cell phone -- or a teenager texting or surfing the web while driving?

California -- the land of fruits and nuts -- and this proves it. Of couse San Fran Nan (Nancy Pelosi) doesn't do much for the reputation of California either.

God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,

Bill

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Originally posted by Bill Gray:
Starting on July 1st in California a driver must be over 18 and have a hands free cell phone if he/she is driving. The Highway Patrol and all police agencies are very strict on this new law. Get caught and there is no leniency -- no excuses

can still text message while driving. They can still surf the internet on their cell phone while driving a car.


Doesn't make much sense....hands free should mean hands free.
I wish Alabama would go hands free.
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Originally posted by Sassy Kims:
I have witnessed a message sent while the phone was in a kid's pocket.


What were you doing in his pocket? Eeker
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Originally posted by Bill Gray:
Hi to all,

I have a new twist on cell phone lunacy. Starting on July 1st in California a driver must be over 18 and have a hands free cell phone if he/she is driving. The Highway Patrol and all police agencies are very strict on this new law. Get caught and there is no leniency -- no excuses -- a $100 fine for the first offense; $200 for the second -- and so on. This all makes great sense to me.

Yet, anyone, a teenager, an adult, anyone -- can still text message while driving. They can still surf the internet on their cell phone while driving a car.

But, don't talk on the cell phone without a hands free setup.

Which do you think is more likely to cause an accident on the freeway -- an adult talking on the cell phone -- or a teenager texting or surfing the web while driving?

California -- the land of fruits and nuts -- and this proves it. Of couse San Fran Nan (Nancy Pelosi) doesn't do much for the reputation of California either.

God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,

Bill


From: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/cellularphonelaws/index.htm

Q: Does the new “hands-free” law allow drivers 18 and over to text message while driving?
A: The law does not specifically prohibit that, but an officer can pull over and issue a citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer’s opinion, the driver was distracted and not operating the vehicle safely. Sending text messages while driving is unsafe at any speed and is strongly discouraged.

DRIVERS UNDER 18

Q: Am I allowed to use my wireless telephone "hands-free?"
A: No. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text while driving in any manner, even "hands-free." EXCEPTION: Permitted in emergency situations to call police, fire or medical authorities (VC §23124).

Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use a cell phone at all while driving.

As for the adults:
Texting, while it is not expressly forbidden, any officer can still pull a driver over and give them a ticket for it. I think the driver would probably get a much worse ticket (like reckless driving) if this were the case. Perhaps texting was left out of the law so that the police officers could hit those drivers with even stiffer penalties. Hmmm...
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Originally posted by Sassy Kims:
I have witnessed a message sent while the phone was in a kid's pocket.


What were you doing in his pocket? Eeker


Well, I could claim I had a court order, but instead, I'll just refer you back to the statement.

I witnessed the message "sent". Sent being past tense. I saw it after it was sent, not while being sent.

I can assure you there is not a kid's pocket around big enough for me to get into.

And who said it was a "he"? (you said "his pocket")
OK, as someone who makes a living talking on the phone. i have made fun of the little "star trek ear piece" for as long as they have been out. i got one this past Christmas. i am amazed by the little thing. i can work with both hands and still talk to the people i need to talk to. i know the dangling black thing hanging from my ear looks "stupid", i agree. it is like that old commercial, "try it you'll like it!" is true. i wish everyone would try "hands free" technology. it really makes a difference. now, i get ill with people talking on the phone and not paying attention to the road. just friday i had three people pull out in front of me and i had to slam on the brakes. ALL THREE WERE ON THE PHONE. I WONDER WHAT THE STATISTICS ARE BETWEEN PHONE USAGE AND AUTO ACCIDENTS? Confused
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Originally posted by TheBaldGuy:
OK, as someone who makes a living talking on the phone. i have made fun of the little "star trek ear piece" for as long as they have been out. i got one this past Christmas. i am amazed by the little thing. i can work with both hands and still talk to the people i need to talk to. i know the dangling black thing hanging from my ear looks "stupid", i agree. it is like that old commercial, "try it you'll like it!" is true. i wish everyone would try "hands free" technology. it really makes a difference. now, i get ill with people talking on the phone and not paying attention to the road. just friday i had three people pull out in front of me and i had to slam on the brakes. ALL THREE WERE ON THE PHONE. I WONDER WHAT THE STATISTICS ARE BETWEEN PHONE USAGE AND AUTO ACCIDENTS? Confused


Talking on the phone is not that much of a distraction. It's more than should be acceptable, but not a lot more than having a conversation with somebody in the car with you.

Dialing, or texting is. It takes your attention completely away from what's going on.
It's a good thing people don't treat the "All You Can Eat" food buffet the way they do UNLIMITED minutes on their cell phone... Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by SHELDIVR:
It's a good thing people don't treat the "All You Can Eat" food buffet the way they do UNLIMITED minutes on their cell phone... Roll Eyes


have you not seen all the "buffet busters" in this area! Big Grin
At Walmart in Florence yesterday, I had the unfortunate experience of having to wait behind the same bimbo at the money center and again in the checkout line who was too busy talking on her cell phone to conduct her business once she got to the counters. I resented having to wait for her to decide to pay attention as she held up the lines. If I were in a customer service position and this happened to me, I'd simply ask them to hang up or go to the end of the line. Let them complain about me, I don't care.
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Originally posted by SaltyDog:
At Walmart in Florence yesterday, I had the unfortunate experience of having to wait behind the same bimbo at the money center and again in the checkout line who was too busy talking on her cell phone to conduct her business once she got to the counters. I resented having to wait for her to decide to pay attention as she held up the lines. If I were in a customer service position and this happened to me, I'd simply ask them to hang up or go to the end of the line. Let them complain about me, I don't care.


SaltyDog, I agree with you. If I were customer service & someone was next in line and they were on their cell phone I would simply say "I'll be with you as soon as you're finished with your call." and I'd say, "Next in line please?"
I noticed yesterday on the way home, driving down Florence Blvd, that at least 75% of the drivers had a cell phone to their ear. You can count on the slow-pokes and those weaving around like they're drunk are on cell phones. It gives me a real case of road rage!! Mad
"I'm the one grumbling and ranting, "Either drive or get off the road til you finish your call!!" LOL (You may have seen me! if you're guilty)

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