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Do Tell: Where Is It Most Annoying to Hear People on Their Cell Phones?

I was at the gym the other day and got stuck next to some guy who was chatting away on his cell phone. Now dragging myself to the gym is hard enough of as is it, but being forced to listen to unnecessary conversation makes being there 10 times worse! Unfortunately, the gym isn't the only place where I feel people shouldn't talk on their phones — the bus, the nail salon, a movie theatre, and boutiques should be cell phone-free zones in my mind, too. Now I'm not saying I'm always innocent of the above, but I do try to play by my own rules as much as possible. So how do you feel about cell phone etiquette? Do tell ladies, where is it most annoying to hear people talk on their cell phones?

katwoman08 katwoman08 9 years
I think a public bathroom is the absolute WORST!! One time I was in there and apparently the woman in the next stall was just answering her phone, (and yes, this would be while she was "taking care of business!), so she said, "HELLO? HELLO?" I guess she couldn't hear or whatever. I don't care. Since there was no one else in there but me, I thought she was talking to ME! I said, "Yes?" a few times and then she just started yapping on her phone and didn't say anything to me, which I was glad about, because I was humiliated. Of course, I waited until she left before I came out! Then, after all this, there was an email floating around with a JOKE that was very similar to what happened to me. I still have not lived that one down! (because, of course, I had told my friends what happened) Ugh!! NO PHONES IN BATHROOMS!
dolceproserpine dolceproserpine 9 years
Restroom stall, hands down.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
I think the reason it's an issue is b/c when people talk on the cells or bluetooths, they overspeak, VERY LOUDLY. It's a selfish display. It's an easy way to gage someone's class, IMO.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
i don't get it...when people say its annoying for people to be on the phone ANYWHERE...? then why do you propose cell phones exist? where is the appropriate place to talk on a cell phone, if all public places and cars are out of bounds?
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 9 years
Movie theater, restaurant, bathroom (I mean really!).
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
I think when people are on the phone in the public restroom, it is disgusting. I always wonder what the person on the other side thinks when they hear all the toilets flushing!
darlene darlene 9 years
the movies!
mandy_frost mandy_frost 9 years
The rudest is if you are in the middle of a convo and someone has a phone and it rings and they take it. I understand sometimes, like if you are taking an important call for a job. Just don't be RUDE!
raieven raieven 9 years
yeokr yeokr 9 years
I work in a boutique and it is really frustrating when we are unable to offer a greeting to shoppers who come in on their phones - much, much worse when they never hang up! A lot of the appeal of our small store is how intimate it is - there are only a couple sales people and we are happy to help. It is like a slap in the face when shoppers do not deign to end a conversation. Browsing without concentration is for huge shoe departments in Macy's.
stina829 stina829 9 years
Kristin, it probably IS "tattle tailing" but I'm here to do a JOB, not listen to her conversation. And when I have customers sitting in my area and they have to listen to her conversation, I think that is bad customer service. I'm not going to get a bad report from customers due to someone else's bad office etiquette!
remedios remedios 9 years
Public restrooms, and when the person is supposed to be hanging out with me (other than necessity). I hate when my husband answers his phone if we're in a restaurant. Nothing is that important. And if it is, they'll leave a vm.
Marci Marci 9 years
The restroom is a good one. And I see a lot of Broadway shows and when someone talks or texts, I'm fuming. Why even be there? But it's mostly closed spaces that bother me; like on a bus. Otherwise, as long as the person I'm with doesn't sit through a meal we're out for on the phone, I don't care much.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
Several places - at a restaurant where you can't hear the person you're sitting with because the moron at the next table is hollering into his cell. In a bathroom - ewww. And at a checkout line - where the clerk is the one yakking on the phone, whether it be cell or landline - that one is a BIG NO NO!
switchblades switchblades 9 years
Class is my big one. So annoying, I'm not paying thousands of dollars a year to listen to snotty little rich girls talk about how many guys they slept with while they were drunk on the weekend (there are a lot of girls at my university who are only there because it's on daddy's dime. Kind of makes me ill). I get angry when people are on the bus talking super loud or fighting with their significant other. We don't need to hear that. Especially when there are children on the bus. One girl got thrown off the bus here a few weeks ago because the daycare down the road from my place uses the buses a lot for fieldtrips, and she was screaming and swearing at her boyfriend on her cell phone...when there were fifteen 2 and 3 year olds on the bus! Also...what is up with 6 and 7 year olds having their own cell phones? I was 18 and halfway through my first year of university before my mother let me have one! And no dice on the "safety" thing, we got by without them, heaven forbid the kids have to g outside and play with their friends!
girlfriday girlfriday 9 years
ON CROWDED PUBLIC TRANSIT! There is nothing worse then being cramped and hot on a rush hour train in a big city (I'm in Chicago, but I'm sure it's bad everywhere) and some idiot next to you is yelling into his phone, and you have nowhere to go. Well, no, I amend that. The only thing worse is being squished during rush hour next to two people making out. Oh yeah, and the bathroom.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I don't care where people use them because that is your choice but I hate it when they yell into the phone especially when they yell hello hello hello hello hello like if they say it enough the other person will hear them.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
The bathroom. I mean c'mon, thats rude. I feel bad for the person they are talking to. And it makes me think they are schizophrenic.
lexibaby lexibaby 9 years
No, there are always two really loud people talking about personal issues on the bus, like drugs or alcohol or the fact that they just got out of prison or that their significant other cheats or what have you, which I hate as much as when people are talking really loudly on their phones on the bus. I don't need to hear about your sex-capades, thanks. (That's why I try to keep the necessary conversation that I have to have that can't wait either short or I tell the person that I can't hear them and need to call them back.) I agree with many of you that people should not talk on their phones if they are in line to purchase something. I am a sales associate and this bothers me to no end. I feel like it's the most disrespectful thing that you can do to somebody to just ignore them. Especially if they only need a few seconds of your time. Another bad place to use a cell is at the movies- my boyfriend and I went to the movies about a month ago and near the end of the movie this guy sitting at the opposite end of the theater picked up his phone to repeatedly tell the person on the other end that he couldn't talk because he was at the movies. And restaurants... I told my friend that it was rude to answer the phone at the table and she was shocked. I had to tell another friend the same thing and she said "But it's rude NOT to answer my phone." Ugh. My boyfriend likes to eat out, so we've seen the gamut- the people who are all on their cellphones and don't talk to each other, the neglected friend who sits dejectedly at the table while their friend gabs on, the really loud person that you can hear across the room... all annoying. Oh, and at work, I've seen people go into the bathroom on their cellphones and come out STILL on their cellphones. Nasty.
juicylove juicylove 9 years
the movies for sure, i dont know anywhere else that it would bother me. basically where its supposed to be quiet you should be, movies, library, doctor etc but two people having a face-to-face conversation in those places would bother me too. i dont care if people talk in public where its allowed like the mall or a store something, why should i care?
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
Movie theatres & public bathrooms. If you're in the the bathroom, why not wait a couple of minutes and call the person back? I don't understand why people would even want to answer their phone when they're in the bathroom.
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
I take the bus often and it's SO annoying when people are sitting next to you, jabbering away on their phones. If it's just a short conversation, it's fine, but I go crazy when I haver to hear someone have a long, pointless conversation (usually telling a story about high school-esque drama.) Even though I'm usually listening to music, all I can hear is them yakking away! Sure, use your cell phone in public. Just don't blast out the story of your life via cell phone in a crowded space!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Oh my god, SMP I hate the people in line at the grocery store that ignore the cashier, I always feel so bad for them!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
It's so funny when my husband or I tell some obnoxious teen to shut up and then other people applaud. So many people are thinkimg it but don't say it. The obnoxious ones usually shut up and sink in their seat or they leave!
Hootie Hootie 9 years
The Movies!!! I hate that! Shut The F Up! Let me watch the movie! I actually tell stupid girls to shut up or leave. That usually does it.
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