Mostly Grocery got me to thinking about this subject.
Are you a courteous cell phone user? I am.
I also do not talk on my cell phone while driving. That’s due to the fact that I don’t trust myself to be coordinated enough. Heck, I don’t even fumble with the radio, ipod, or CD’s. Most people are perfectly able to carry on a phone converstion without being distracted from driving. I’m not one of those. In fact, if I’m am your driver, you’re better off not to even talk to me until we’ve stopped. Hey, I never claimed to be a great driver. But I am honest, so when I dish it, I don’t exclude myself!
If I must have a cell phone conversation while in public, I make it quick and to the point. I do not talk while I am in line to check out. That is plain rude and annoying to others. If my phone beeps, I don’t answer it. I return the call after I’ve left the store. This reminds me of the time I was walking through Dress Barn and an emegency siren sound went off. Dang, it sounded awfully close to me. When I got to the counter, everyone stared at me. I looked back and said, it’s not me. The cashier politely told me it was from my purse hanging from my shoulder. I could have died from embarrassment. My dear and loving Dirt Man (without my knowledge) had set my phone tone from home calls to an emergency signal. With a red face, I apologized and explained that my husband was a butt head, and I didn’t find it funny.
There is nothing more irritating than having someone trying to talk to you while conducting a phone conversation.
There are such people that talk or text nonstop. I’m talking about the one’s who are talking (often on a headset) while shopping. Like I or anyone else really cares to hear their conversations. And they are rude to their fellow shoppers, and don’t even stop talking long enough to answer the cashier or baggers questions. They flat out ignore them! Like they are better than the person trying to help them.
I realize that on occasion, one does receive or must make an important call even in the presence of others and it’s one that can’t wait. I am only referring to people who have the constant need to be validated by their cell phone connection.
I’m talking about the people who are trying to conduct business with you, but only nod because they are so caught up in their conversations. And I’m not only speaking of business phone interactions here, these are conversations about what cute dress someone bought, whose kid did what, and who got a promotion. Basically idle gossip…maybe fun but not newsworthy. When people used to do that to me, I felt unimportant to them. Now, I question if they are worthy of my undivided attention when they are requesting it. Generally, these same people would be horrified if someone did the same thing to them.
Don’t even get me started with people who receive or make calls during a movie, meeting, or even church! There are people out there who actually do this!
I have come to the conclusion, or ok, it’s just my opinion, that these are people who:
have jobs that can not conduct business without them,
are so super important that the world will stop rotation if they shut up for five seconds,
must have constant reassurance of their worth from others,
They are just plain butt heads.