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2014-04-09 10:09:23 AM
5 votes:
I was in a fairly posh hotel retrieving a package from services when some asshole starts yelling and cursing incessantly into his phone to some bank or credit card rep about needing access to his money.  He decided to pony up to the front desk for this as to disturb everyone in the lobby.  The employees were all red faced and glancing down at their shoes, clearly unable to tell the customer he was not right.

After I signed for my package I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to take his conversation to the bathroom not 20 feet away for the benefit of the other guests and employees.  He was outraged of course and told me to mind my own farking business.  I then proceeded to whip my cell phone out and began to mock him in a similarly loud fashion, right into his ear.  "Hey look at me! I'm so farking important I think everyone needs to hear one half of this customer service call in the lobby of this 5 star hotel!  I may be yelling at you but I'm really just angry about my small penis! My mother never loved me! " etc.

He told the bank rep some asshole was making too much noise to talk and that he would call him right back and flees.  Smiles on all the hotel employees faces, and I got a free gift basket complete with intoxicants later that day.

/csb
2014-04-09 10:11:31 AM
4 votes:
No, talking loudly on your phone makes you an asshole, simply using it is fine.  If you talk at a normal volume it's no worse than someone talking to a friend.
2014-04-09 09:54:12 AM
4 votes:
"Why don't you mind your own business?!"

"Why don't you stop making your business everyone else's?!"
2014-04-09 10:04:47 AM
3 votes:
You are not that important.  Put the f*cking phone down.
2014-04-09 09:59:41 AM
3 votes:
People who have the Bluetooth headset who look at you while talking are the real douchies.

Why do I want to know what the vet said about your cat's rash?  Oh.... I see.
2014-04-09 12:36:07 PM
2 votes:

Satan's Bunny Slippers: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.

I figure it's because they only hear one side of the conversation, and it just pizzes them off to no end that they can't be completely involved in listening in on your private conversation.  So they get all angered.

Me, I don't answer my phone in public or while driving for the most part.  I'll look at it, and I'll only answer if it's my sister, because she will text me regularly, but if she's calling there's some kind of emergency in the family.  I never answer while driving even though I have a new car with the built in phone thingy.  I'll freely admit I can barely keep and eye on all the others around me and drive, I have no business trying to talk on the phone and watch things and drive.


It's not a private conversation when it's held in public, loud enough for everyone to hear.
2014-04-09 11:09:29 AM
2 votes:
Cell phone jammers.
That is all.
2014-04-09 11:05:24 AM
2 votes:

Galloping Galoshes: vharshyde: Oh how cute, a bunch of "GIT OFF MAH LAWN" anti-progress types in this thread...

Rudeness is not progress.  Being rude to others while using your new cool toy is simply being an asshole.  Let's separate behavior from technology, ok?


Your comment makes no sense. The people in this thread who are having trouble separating the behavior from the technology are the Luddites who think that just because a cell phone is involved, normal behavior becomes rude.

Yelling into your phone is rude because yelling in public is rude. Ignoring someone you're supposed to be interacting with in favor of someone you're in the phone with is rude not because of the phone, but because you're ignoring someone.

This weird thing where the exact same behavior is somehow unacceptable because of the technology is what vharshyde was talking about.
2014-04-09 10:53:09 AM
2 votes:

vharshyde: Oh how cute, a bunch of "GIT OFF MAH LAWN" anti-progress types in this thread...


Rudeness is not progress.  Being rude to others while using your new cool toy is simply being an asshole.  Let's separate behavior from technology, ok?
2014-04-09 10:49:26 AM
2 votes:

vharshyde: Oh how cute, a bunch of "GIT OFF MAH LAWN" anti-progress types in this thread...


On one hand, people need to learn to mind their own damn business.
On the other hand, I believe this world is seriously lacking in empathy.  If people didn't walk around so self-absorbed and thought of others/put themselves in other people's shoes, the world would be so much better.
I'm 33 years old and not sure if the lack of empathy and consideration is getting worse, but everything would sure as hell be much better if there was more thoughts of those around you.
2014-04-09 10:35:15 AM
2 votes:

Elemental79:  why care?


Because your distracted meandering is obstructive and nobody cares about the technical intricacies of your prostrate exam?
2014-04-09 10:18:19 AM
2 votes:

lemurs: The difference between a crazy guy yammering to himself at the bus stop and social acceptability is a Bluetooth earpiece.


People on those earpieces piss me off more than cell phones, especially when you're like inside a grocery store and the person is talking to you and you're like 'huh? What?' and then they turn sideways and they've got that f*cking earpiece on. It's like they were taken over by those f*cking ear zombie slugs from Star Trek or something.
2014-04-09 10:14:30 AM
2 votes:
I don't even answer my phone if I am in public...
2014-04-09 09:57:02 AM
2 votes:
As long as you're not doing it while you're driving or in the same movie theatre I'm in, no sweat.

In those two instances, however, you deserve to die.
2014-04-09 08:03:29 PM
1 votes:
A cellphone is basically an asshole magnifier. A person who uses a cellphone in an assholish manner (slowing down the checkout line at a store, for example, or yelling into it or using it in a movie theater) is probably an asshole in other areas of life.
2014-04-09 06:00:59 PM
1 votes:

trappedspirit: This thread is about awareness of a brain affliction that compels people who only hear one side of a conversation to lose their self-control and make unreasonable demands for the half-conversation to stop or at least occur out of earshot.


You're precious.
2014-04-09 04:09:06 PM
1 votes:

TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.

That's because listening to one side of a conversation is more distracting than listening to both sides.

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

Then butt out.  Simple as that.  Why do I have no problem doing that.   I think it's a matter of self control.  Which I realize some apes don't have, but I can't help them.

Did you completely miss the quote I put right there?

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

There's plenty of things are brains are naturally draw to.  You can also control that.  You don't have to check out all the shiny things.  Just butt out, or listen in.  Most people don't have OCD.

Flatulence is relatively harmless, but it smells bad and is obnoxious. You can't tell a subconscious not to get revolted by the smell, because biology dictates that we do. Should public flatulence be banned? No, and it won't be. But you can't stop people from staring disapprovingly at the farter, or laughing at the person with poor public hygiene, or going around telling the story of how they were once trapped in an elevator with a bean-distiller. If you don't want that to happen to you, don't fart in public.

Talking on a cellphone is like farting, only slightly less annoying, and somewhat more voluntary. If you want to do it, do it. Just stop acting all martyred and superior when people find it annoying, because they can't help but find it annoying. It's biology.


Well said and good point.
2014-04-09 03:58:11 PM
1 votes:

trappedspirit: But you are going to get angry at some conversation you were forced to hear?  You sound angry.


Not angry, but if you subject me to half of your conversation about whatever bullsh*t your lack of self-control compels you to discuss RIGHT NOW, I'm going to think you're an asshole.

And really, isn't that what this thread is about?
2014-04-09 01:02:14 PM
1 votes:
trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.

That's because listening to one side of a conversation is more distracting than listening to both sides.

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

Then butt out.  Simple as that.  Why do I have no problem doing that.   I think it's a matter of self control.  Which I realize some apes don't have, but I can't help them.


...AAAND here's one of the dildos guilty of this behavior .
2014-04-09 01:01:43 PM
1 votes:

TheBigJerk: For the most part I think it can be summed up with one question: If the person you are talking to was next to you, would you still be an asshole?

If yes; you're an asshole.

If no; the whiners are the assholes.


Denis Leary notwithstanding, no one ever considers him/herself an asshole.
2014-04-09 12:51:47 PM
1 votes:

jehovahs witness protection: Sitting outside of Starbucks has never been more entertaining.


It's amusing to me how you think that your flavor of disruptive annoyance is somehow better than what the people around you are doing.
2014-04-09 12:50:32 PM
1 votes:

trappedspirit: TheSopwithTurtle: trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.

That's because listening to one side of a conversation is more distracting than listening to both sides.

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"

Then butt out.  Simple as that.  Why do I have no problem doing that.   I think it's a matter of self control.  Which I realize some apes don't have, but I can't help them.


Did you completely miss the quote I put right there?

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"
2014-04-09 12:46:30 PM
1 votes:
I have no problem with people on their phones if they're speaking at a conversational level.  It's the people who make their private conversation a public matter who piss me off.  I'd say the same thing about two people talking loudly when they're sitting right next to each other.

And for the love of fark, end your conversation when it's your turn to order at Chipotle.  Your conversation isn't so important that you can't hang up the damn phone for 5 minutes, and I know that because I've been listening to half of it for the last 15.
2014-04-09 12:08:20 PM
1 votes:

trappedspirit: Have a conversation with someone in public, no problem.  Have a conversation with a remote person in public, the apes start beating their chests and flinging feces.  You can't explain this.


That's because listening to one side of a conversation is more distracting than listening to both sides.

"Hearing one side of the conversation, for example, makes it more uncertain and unpredictable, so our brains are naturally drawn to filling out the missing parts, even if we aren't consciously trying to eavesdrop"
2014-04-09 11:58:03 AM
1 votes:

shtychkn: Beeblebrox: Diogenes: "Why don't you mind your own business?!"

"Why don't you stop making your business everyone else's?!"

1000x times, this!  I was at a Verizon store (big, open, endless waiting) and some woman was reading some poor shlub the riot act on her phone, talking about how he ruined her life, ruined their kids lives, etc at high volume.  So I merely started staring at her since it was obvious she wanted everyone to hear her conversation.  After a bit she noticed, got real quiet and then took it outside.

Seriously, I don't want to know your business.  Talk on your phone in the same tone and volume as you would talk to the person standing next to you.

Another good trick if they won't make eye contact with you, is to start talking right next to that person in the same volume as them.  Eventually they will get annoyed (go figure) and either quiet down or move away.

actually. Sounds like she didn't want everyone to know. But she got caught up in the moment. Once she noticed you staring at her, she got quiet and went outside.


Nah, I assume that if someone is speaking loud enough for everyone in the store to hear, they want everyone in the store to hear.  Cell phone or not.
2014-04-09 11:57:14 AM
1 votes:
2014-04-09 11:36:41 AM
1 votes:

Mikey1969: Talking on cellphones and BT devices isn't the problem. It's the people who don't realize that they are distance communication devices and feel the need to scream. You don't need to yell into your cellphone or headset, that's really all that matters.

As for the "Everyone who uses a cellphone in public is an asshole" people, I don't believe that those people have never used their cellphone in public, so they can eat a dick.


Screw you asshole I don't even own a cell phone, never have, never will.


/I'm not kidding. Go take your electronic collar and put it around some one elses neck.
2014-04-09 11:25:03 AM
1 votes:

Ker_Thwap: Mikey1969: Talking on cellphones and BT devices isn't the problem. It's the people who don't realize that they are distance communication devices and feel the need to scream. You don't need to yell into your cellphone or headset, that's really all that matters.

As for the "Everyone who uses a cellphone in public is an asshole" people, I don't believe that those people have never used their cellphone in public, so they can eat a dick.

There are a surprising number of people you just have a normal conversations at insane volume levels as well.  I'm sure a small percentage have hearing problems, but others just seem like they're afraid of being ignored.


I was rather impressed the other day, there was a gaggle of high school girls sitting next to me having the typical high school girls' giggle fest, and they were actually talking at a relatively normal volume, all the more impressive because they were in the seats that face the center aisle, meaning that they were talking across the train car.
2014-04-09 11:21:47 AM
1 votes:
While in Wal-mart I've been 'treated' to a rather large and loud lady yammering away on the phone as she slowly wandered along the displays. Then I came across another one having an energetic and equally loud gossip session as she pushed her cart right down the middle of the rows.

I really hate standing in line somewhere to check out -- which I consider the worst part of shopping anyhow -- and someone behind me is jabbering away on a cell. It makes it extra annoying when they're loudly going on in some language like Spanish or, increasingly, some African dialect.

I watched an elderly black lady come into a store, grab one of the power scooters and drive off, cell phone glued to her ear, loudly discussing something in Swahili or whatever, not really paying attention to where she was going. A short time later I came across her again, still on the phone, looking pi$$ed and about 30 minutes later, bumped into her again and she was still at it!

Now, the local Wal-mart has found a way to cut down on the jabber by installing these self checkout booths. You can't jabber much on a cell when using both hands to empty your cart, scan each item and respond to the frequent automatic requests of 'Please Scan The Item' or 'Please Place The Item In the Bagging Area'.

Wal-mart, I read once, has cell jammers installed across the stores to cut down on this, but it doesn't seem to make a difference or else not every store has them.

Maybe Publix does, because I rarely see anyone there blabbing away on a cell and if they do, it's usually at a decibel level that can't be heard three aisles away.
2014-04-09 11:08:23 AM
1 votes:
I've been known to talk to people who are wandering aimlessly while chatting on a phone in the crowded grocery aisles.

"Excuse me, you're blocking the aisle, people need to get by."  "Pardon me, I need to get that product that you're camping in front of."

Seriously, I hate shopping, I want to buy what I want and leave, I don't want to have to dodge zombies.  I'm perfectly polite and patient to old people doddering along slowly, but I have no empathy for selfish clowns on cell phones.
2014-04-09 11:06:40 AM
1 votes:

Mikey1969: Talking on cellphones and BT devices isn't the problem. It's the people who don't realize that they are distance communication devices and feel the need to scream. You don't need to yell into your cellphone or headset, that's really all that matters.

As for the "Everyone who uses a cellphone in public is an asshole" people, I don't believe that those people have never used their cellphone in public, so they can eat a dick.


Totally agree.
2014-04-09 10:58:12 AM
1 votes:

sandi_fish: Was in the rest room of the office building where I work, and this dipshiat answers the phone in the stall. I was in the stall next to her and could not for the life of me why she wouldn't call the person back.  What if someone was in there leaving a deposit?


You should have started banging on the stall doors and making farting and shiatting noises and screaming "OH MY GOD THIS MASSIVE SH*T WILL JUST NOT COME OUT!!!!"
2014-04-09 10:57:40 AM
1 votes:
Talking on cellphones and BT devices isn't the problem. It's the people who don't realize that they are distance communication devices and feel the need to scream. You don't need to yell into your cellphone or headset, that's really all that matters.

As for the "Everyone who uses a cellphone in public is an asshole" people, I don't believe that those people have never used their cellphone in public, so they can eat a dick.
2014-04-09 10:54:05 AM
1 votes:

meanmutton: Buttknuckle: You are not that important.  Put the f*cking phone down.

What does being important have to do with talking to people? Personally, I like people and frequently talk with them. Why that should be restricted to important people is beyond me.


Stop it.  You are not important enough to talk to other people.  These other people are tired of your shenanigans and have asked me to request that you no longer speak to them.
2014-04-09 10:53:26 AM
1 votes:
Hey, if it keeps them from striking up a conversation with me, then they can use their cell phones as much as they want.
2014-04-09 10:51:44 AM
1 votes:

MelGoesOnTour: rev. dave: I talk on the phone while in the grocery store, but always get off the phone when I get in line to pay.

Out of curiosity, why would you have a need to be on the phone while grocery shopping?  For that matter, when did phones become so absolutely necessary during all times of the day?  I mean, it's not like people carried bags of quarters to use on pay-phones back in the day.


To check with the wife about what I need to get for dinner.  Or she called to ask me to get something she forgot to tell me before.
2014-04-09 10:50:57 AM
1 votes:
And to think there are people who actually want cell phone usage to be approved on airplanes.
2014-04-09 10:50:43 AM
1 votes:
I just don't understand why it is illegal for me to have (and use) a cell phone jammer.

Annoying phone user nearby? Boop!
2014-04-09 10:50:07 AM
1 votes:

lewismarktwo: I was in a fairly posh hotel retrieving a package from services when some asshole starts yelling and cursing incessantly into his phone to some bank or credit card rep about needing access to his money.  He decided to pony up to the front desk for this as to disturb everyone in the lobby.  The employees were all red faced and glancing down at their shoes, clearly unable to tell the customer he was not right.

After I signed for my package I tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to take his conversation to the bathroom not 20 feet away for the benefit of the other guests and employees.  He was outraged of course and told me to mind my own farking business.  I then proceeded to whip my cell phone out and began to mock him in a similarly loud fashion, right into his ear.  "Hey look at me! I'm so farking important I think everyone needs to hear one half of this customer service call in the lobby of this 5 star hotel!  I may be yelling at you but I'm really just angry about my small penis! My mother never loved me! " etc.

He told the bank rep some asshole was making too much noise to talk and that he would call him right back and flees.  Smiles on all the hotel employees faces, and I got a free gift basket complete with intoxicants later that day.

/csb



I sure hope that story is true.  If it is, I'd like to buy you a beer.
2014-04-09 10:42:59 AM
1 votes:

vharshyde: anti-progress types in this thread...


So being selfishly anti-social is pro-progress?

You sound cute. Wanna have some babies?
2014-04-09 10:35:01 AM
1 votes:
The train.   There needs to be federal death penalty law for people who do it on the train.
2014-04-09 10:32:15 AM
1 votes:

Harry Freakstorm: People who have the Bluetooth headset who look at you while talking are the real douchies.

Why do I want to know what the vet said about your cat's rash?  Oh.... I see.


It also makes it harder to spot the skitzo nuts having conversations with themselves.
2014-04-09 10:30:51 AM
1 votes:
I rarely talk on my phone, and when I do it is for maybe 1 minute tops. But I'm not about to start wasting brain power worrying about talking on a phone in public. Sure, in a library or movie theater where any noise ruins other peoples experience, but otherwise why care?

As far as being distracted and unable to help others in need, if someone finds a place where no one is around to talk, the odds of them helping someone in distress drops to 0%.
2014-04-09 10:30:28 AM
1 votes:
I talk on the phone while in the grocery store, but always get off the phone when I get in line to pay.
2014-04-09 10:14:11 AM
1 votes:
The difference between a crazy guy yammering to himself at the bus stop and social acceptability is a Bluetooth earpiece.
2014-04-09 09:50:04 AM
1 votes:
Or just a teenage girl.

/swear some of them have their phones surgically grafted to their ears
2014-04-09 08:35:55 AM
1 votes:
62 people (30 men, 32 women) were confronted with a confederate wearing a large leg brace, who dropped a stack of magazines and feigned difficulty retrieving them.

They were probably Yankees.
 
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