rude folks and the cell phones...

Mar 5th, 2002, 09:13 AM
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My favorite line to say to loud cell phone users on trains and subways is borrowed from Wille Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:

"...you should open your mouth a little bit wider when you speak..."

It invariably elicits (sp?) group laughter from the people around the cell phone user.

 
Mar 5th, 2002, 09:21 AM
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Phillip-in the beginning of Noises Off there is the announcement that all audience members should turn off their cell phones.As soon as it is over, you hear a cell phone ring, but it is a joke .
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 09:33 AM
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I've found in my experience that the Japanese are the most polite cell phone users. (I've traveled to Korea, very bad cellphone etiquette, HK, also bad, London, bad, US has not yet caught up) Most people that I met in Tokyo have their phones on "vibrate" and cellphone use is not permitted in hotel lobbies. If they do use their cell phones it is typically in very low soft tones. Mobile phones are not going away so instead of getting hostile, perhaps we should be trying to establish a better set of etiquette regarding mobile phones. i.e. I've never seen a better cue than in London!
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 09:55 AM
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I guess I didn't want to look like an ugly american. We didn't speak Italian and no one else on the train said anything to her. We also kept thinking that she would stop any minute now.
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 10:56 AM
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Another "legend" ????

Man in restaurant makes/takes lots of calls on mobile phone to annoyance of other patrons.

Man goes to toilet leaving 'phone on table.

Man returns from toilet to find 'phone battered & deep fried by chef......
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 11:04 AM
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I don't see why other people talking on cell phones bother you. If the person were talking face to face with a companion would that bother you? To me a conversation is a conversation and I don't see why that should bother someone else.
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 11:13 AM
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Pacific-do the people that you know stand and scream into each others faces when having conversations? While you are trying to eat,ride a bus..whatever? There is a big difference, you should be able to figure that out.
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 11:23 AM
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Yes, I should figure it out you are so right. Perhaps I was on my cell as I wrote my response, perhaps I was screaming into it. Perhaps I am one of THEM!!!!
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 11:40 AM
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Is this bitch fest over yet? Can we get back to TRAVEL?
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 11:52 AM
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Pacific Bell - the problem is that I don't hear a conversation, I only hear one side of the conversation - can be at times annoying. Then there's the tone of the monolog - the amount of vitriol I have heard - the intimacy of the person's anger or distaste for the other person he/she is talking to is palataple (sp?). In NYC it is rare to hear private arguments in public places - but I have heard numerous cell phone users "chewing out" the other person - really ugly.
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 11:58 AM
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Well then, the problem is rude people in general not just rude cell phone users. Just motion or signal to them to tone it down, why suffer in silence yourself? I know sometimes I may get louder than usual on the cell because I think the phone listener can't hear me. If it is brought to my attention I will tone it down.
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 12:27 PM
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Pacific Bell-
when did this become about you?
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 01:19 PM
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I was using myself as an example of how wonderful and considerate a cell phone user can be.
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 03:06 PM
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Katya; I guess in Finland people are more direct with one another, which is great, and I hear that Finland is a terrific place, but in the rest of the world people are afraid of confrontation--- so we say nothing. This thread, however, is helping me to get up the nerve to ask them to please talk more quietly. Also, the Japanese are so good with electronics they probably know that you don't need to shout to be heard on the cell phone.

For me it's the cadence of their speech when speaking on the phone. It differs from regular sitting across from each other on the bus or wherever. The cell phone cadence of someone sitting near me in a restaurant can stop me dead in the middle of conversation and I can no longer think or continue. I have to wait for them to finish. I agree with the poster who said that the one-sidedness of it is also disturbing as well as those who are using it to flaunt.

The world seems to be more and more self-centered and inconsiderate of those around them. Everywhere. Why do we need to be doing more than one thing at a time?
 
Mar 5th, 2002, 06:21 PM
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Maybe because Nokias are Finnish is the reason for the mobile phone's popularity there. I have read that Italy and Australia have the highest numbers of mobiles per head.

Buzz, I disagree that people making calls should go into phone booths - they will be in the way of people needing to use the public phones.
 
Mar 6th, 2002, 07:05 AM
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I just can´t resist telling this story..

A friend of mine was sitting in a local bus in Helsinki (in Finland) next to a woman. This womans cell phone rang and she answered and said to my friend in the next seat:"This is a private conversation, could you please move to another seat". My friend was so astonished at that point that she just left to find another seat without saying a word. Well, just another, maybe not so good, example of us Finns being sometimes very direct.
 
Mar 6th, 2002, 10:07 AM
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That's a good one Katja!
 
Mar 6th, 2002, 12:39 PM
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I think that the so called "cell phone etiquette" becomes self evident in any place where cell phones are just as common as regular phones.

Jo, the highest percentage of cell phones per head is not exactly in Italy and Australia. There are five countries where 80 % or more of the population has a cell phone, and those countries are Finland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Italy and Austria (not Australia). Plus three countries where the number is nearly 80 %, namely Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

And I think the reason why even children in Finland have cell phones, is not the so much the children but their parents. Both parents work, and it is a relieving thought that you can phone your kid any time, and know where he is and what he is doing.

People have learned to use the vibrating alarm in their phones, and phones are shut down in places where they are not appropriate. You can always check from the phone`s memory if somebody has tried to reach you. Besides the youngsters don´t speak so much in their phones. They send text messages to each other, which are a lot cheaper.
 
Mar 6th, 2002, 01:21 PM
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So true about text messaging on phones, standing on a train platform in Tokyo-all is relatively quiet,everyone around me is thumbing in their messages on their tiny little mobiles.Mannerly, quiet,and not done while driving,what more could you ask for
 
Mar 6th, 2002, 04:19 PM
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cell phones abound in Finland, but we are generally a polite people. If I were annoying someone by my behavior on the phone I hope they would tell me.
 

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