The worst cell phone etiquette I have seen is a gal chatting away on her cell phone whilst using the toilet next to mine in a public rest room. It is just kind of weird and creeps others out. Maybe it's because most people try to be quiet, for the most part, in the rest room.
I would say that I think the worst is when people are in line and talking on the phone. Then when they reach the front of the line they simply continue talking as if the clerk as well as the patrons behind them aren't waiting for them.
Makes you wonder what's wrong with some people.
Someone shopping in a store, and going through the entire checkout process without even putting the phone down. They don't even look at the clerk-it is ultimate self-involvment and is becoming the norm--unfortunately.
Amen to being on the phone in line at the store or a restaurant. Many times working at a fast food place I wanted to just ignore people on their phones until they got off, unless they were using it to get an order from someone at home. It's really annoying on the drive-thru because the employee cannot tell who the customer is talking to.
Secondly, I was once running a formal meeting when a member's phone rang. He answered it and started a conversation while we were conducting business. I stopped and looked at him. He nodded at me and told me to keep going while he chatted in the middle of the room.
While in a restaraunt , I observed a woman talk the entire time of her meal while her husband sat looking like a rock while she babbled on , One hour later I left , her........still yapping.
I personally find it incredibly rude when I see someone talking on the phone while speaking to a shop assistant. I used to work on the checkout and I know how it feels - have some respect for the employee and hold the call.
One time I was at a bus stop. There were a fair few people there, including a mother with her three sons who were all under the age of about 11.
There was a woman who must have been about 19-20 on her phone and she was swearing her head off at whoever was on the other line. The mother at the bus stop kept looking her way, obviously very annoyed at the display, and telling her young kids to ignore it. The shocked look on the kids faces were, I must admit, pretty funny. But when the women just wouldn't stop, it was very tempting to go over to her and take her phone.
I think that it is so rude and inconsiderate to be on your phone, swearing your head of in front of people. Especially little children. A total sign of disrespect for those kids and their mother.
I was conducting an interview and the person answered the call. It's not folklore, people actually do this, amazing.
It just irritates me when someone calls me on the phone and at the same time, that person is talking to someone while talking to me. Come on, you can't do two things at the same time!
The worst is talking in the movie house while the movie is showing. In the middle of the movie there's ring! ring! ring! then yakity yack. Its downright rude.
Soooo many things....
My friend is emotionally attached to her phone. We'll be hanging out and we won't talk at all because she's either talking or texting on her cell.
I hate it when I see bright lights popping up all over a movie theater.. ugh.
I also know a lot of people that will surf the web on their phones in restaurants, when I'm trying to talk to them. So I'll just sit around awkwardly...
Cell phones have caused the public in general to become rude and inconsiderate to other human beings. Some of the annoying habits I have seen:
Talking while being waited on in line or at the drive through (as stated before)
Texting while in a movie theatre. It's called light pollution people!
Ignoring the person they are with on a date or out to eat because whatever is on the cell phone is more important.
Picking up a cell phone call while the person they are currently having a conversation with, is in mid-sentence without even saying "Can you hang on a second?"
Talking very quietly but as soon as they get on the phone they talk to the top of their voice so everyone around them can hear about the problems they are having with their bowels or other topics you wouldn't share so loudly.
when you're in the middle of the movie and some phone mesaged. Another thing also is when the people are texting in the movie house, you can see the glare of the light of their cellphones. sheesh so irritating
I was a waitress at an Italian restaurant and there was a lady sitting at a table by herself waiting for her take out. She was on the phone and speaking so loudly that one of my customers actually asked me to ask her if she could please take it outside.
I saw this woman talking loudly on the cell phone about beating somebody's a** while walking out the store. People were just looking, but this fool didn't even care.
People who either walk into a public bathroom on the cellphone and start using the toilet while still on the phone or people who answer the phone while using the toilet. Unbelievable!
Mine came when i was on the phone with a billing company and this girl walked by and was talking oh so dirty to her boyfriend i believe. that was cool but the only problem was that she was at work when she was doing it. my call was actually for work. and the woman on the other line heard this and told me that she would talk to my manager about her. i felt bad but she was canned days later. People these days huh.
I went to the ER a few months ago and while waiting to see a doctor one of the receptionists put an arrival on hold while she finished her cell phone conversation (apparently she was talking to her older child about what a younger child was watching on TV). The arrival was an elderly woman, apparently very sick and looked to be quite poor. I thought it was rude and filled out a complaint form on the receptionist, but still it was behavior quite uncalled for -especially when they had a darned sign posted in the ER saying "No phone cell calls inside"!
I have to repeat this - yeah, the talking in the bathroom stall. It's annoying and distressful to us and shoud be to the caller o the other end. I find it super tacky.
All of the instances cited are rude and disrespectful to other people. You may not be old enough to recall this-- but it used to be , before cell phones, that people used public phone booths with doors that closed for privacy. (It wasn't just so Superman could change into his costume.)
It is always nice when someone cuts you off in traffic and you see a cell phone in their hand.
Or lack of etiquette: A man sitting on the john an answering his cell phone when it rang!
The worst phone etiquette that I have experienced was by a friend whom I have deduced does not realize that there is a lock function on their cell phone. One Friday night, my friend butt-dialed me a total of 43 times starting at 11pm until 4 am. I heard a few conversations in the background, but mostly I heard the shifting of denim.
Here are my three in the order they annoy me.
There are a few friends of mine who call me and they start talking(nothing really important, the usual crap) without even asking what I am doing, whether I am free. Well, I may not be busy, but I might be having other better things to attend.
There is my cousin whom I call and ask - "Where are you?". He asks me the same question without answering my question.
Last but not least - After returning from class, when I don't find my room mate in my room, I text him - "Where are you?". He replies "Outside".
Haha Thanks guys, there are some great answers here! I chuckled a few times... OK mine is when someone carries on a conversation in the car while other people have to sit there and listen. I'm not talking a short info gathering convo... but long lasting chit chat, followed by "Hey, can you turn down the radio."
People who are on their cell phones and their attitude is just about 'them and their caller.' You watch other people having to move quickly out of their way, you watch drivers stopping so as not to hit them, you watch bikers swirling around them. And they go on and on and on...
When you're hanging out with a friend and it's impossible to have a conversation with them because they take call after call on their mobile...
Standing in line at my local UPS store. A woman, with her cell phone glued to her ear is busy chit chatting with someone she deemed important. All the while, the gentleman behind the counter was running circles trying to assist this woman with the packages she was sending out. Each time he asked her a question, she would rudely blurt out .... 'what?'. Phone still attached to her head, irritated her conversation was inturrupted.
I did everything in my power that day, not to walk up to her and smack the cell phone out of her hand. I would have loved to see the phone flying across the store and the shocked look on her face.
when I am talking to someone or discussing an issue & the other person starts texting to someone else or start using his cell phone, its pretty embarrassing for me i usually quit the discussion
I would have to say that cell phone spying or stalking is the worst human behavior related to cell phones. I'm not sure if that qualifies as a form of bad etiquette or not...
At one point my sister tried vacuuming while on the phone with me...she is a multi-tasker. It didn't work and I wouldn't recommended it.
Its a pet peeve of mine when people just hang up to end a call instead of saying bye or anything. I mean, how hard is it to say goodbye or see ya later?
You're with someone and they choose to have a conversation on the phone instead of focusing on you. Or they are constantly answering their phone or making phone calls. Now, all that is just plain rude.
I have been in a car with a person who rather than talk with me along the ride, would dial someone's number to start a conversation?! Pretty obvious this person's uninterest to talk to me huh? I felt so awckward all along the two hour ride.
Second to that would be a "friend" of mine. I went to visit her and while we are sitting at the table having a conversation she would start receiving call after call or texts and say: "Excuse me for a little bit". And then answer with no respect. Then come back to tell me: "Ok, you can continue telling me now" or "SOrry hun, I am listening to you I promise". I can assure you that after so many interruptions I just wanted to get up and leave. But since I excercise etiquette and compassion I just stood there and exercised patience as well.
It drives me nuts when someones chatting away on their cell phone while they are next to me on the treadmill or on the elliptical at the gym!! arghhh.. like seriously?? if you can have a convo is that even considered working out?
the Hell phone is devoid of etiquette; the service providers too.
Heard someone on the phone in a meeting while taking a dump. He had his laptop in there clicking away while he was on his bluetoof! Worst thing I have heard and smelled at the same time. I guess when you gotta go you gotta go.
The worst cell phone etiquette has been hearing a conversation in the ladie's restroom while in the next compartment and I have heard this several times. What a gross-out! and 'uncool'!
It's absolutely rude for someone who is standing there having a conversation with me to get a call and then, without asking me if they can interrupt the conversation, just pick up their phone and start talking to the person on the other line. Hey, I was here first! Most people wouldn't allow a third party to barge in and impolitely interrupt a conversation they are already having with someone else, so why would they go ahead and impolitely interrupt a conversation by picking up their cell phone. I can understand if it's an important or expected call or even an emergency, but I've had this happen a number of times when people just interrupted our conversation to pick up an unscheduled, casual call.
It's bad enough when a customer is on the cell phone when checking out or standing in line, but I've seen a clerk in a convenience store hold a cell phone conversation while cashing someone out. I walked out of the store!
I find it really annoying, if I have gone out for the evening with a friend, who then spends the whole night texting on their mobile. I may well have gone out alone.
The worst cell phone etiquette I have seen was in the Computer Lab at my college. It's normally really quiet in there and NO ONE was talking. However, one girl decides to talk loudly about her crazy ex boyfriend that cheated on her 3 times and is now asking her to go out tonight, but she just was not gonna have that! She was being so obnoxious and LOUD!!! Ironically, she was sitting RIGHT UNDER a sign that said, "Please do not use cell phones in the computer lab!"
My mother-in-law has the worst cell phone etiquette of anyone I know. Hands down. She:
*talks in restaurants. Loudly.
*talks in department stores. Loudly.
*talks in church. Loudly.
*interrupts you mid-sentence if another call comes in. Doesn't matter who it is.
*does not listen to voice mails. Ever. And then calls you back and insists that you repeat everything.
I know you are thinking, there are other issues here. She could not be that bad.
There are. And she is.
I witnessed the most depressing example of poor cell phone etiquette at a restaurant. A family of four was seated at the table across from me. The wife texted continually the entire evening. Both children at the table were also playing games and/or texting the entire time. The poor husband/father sat next to his wife in silence and occassionally glanced over to see what she was typing.
This isn't the worst but I just hate it when people do not say bye, they just hang up.....
Women who are on the phone in the bathroom stall drives me insane. It's nasty and the only privacy left in the world.
OUR COMPANY HAS QUITE A NUMBER OF SALESMAN WALK IN, I FIND IT VERY RUDE WHEN THEY TALK ON THEIR CELL PHONE WHILE MAKING A CALL ON ME . ONE WORD OF ADVICE TO ALL SALESMAN , IF YOU WANT MY BUISNESS STAY OFF THE PHONE
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