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Cell Phone Screamers

This has probably already been commmented on in this group, but it's one that really makes me nuts: People in public who feel the need to SCREAM into their cell phones.

I mean, come on, people; it's a sophisticated, sensitive piece of modern electronics, not a can tied with a long string to another can. I'm sure "yell your conversation at the top of your lungs" isn't in the user's manual. So as much as I am and everyone else in the produce aisle is absolutely RIVETED by the details of your colonoscopy or about how your boyfriend slept with your sister, I think it's time ratchet the level down a few decibels. My ears and my sensibilities both thank you!

Nyxie Nyxie 51-55, F 95 Responses Aug 28, 2008

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This made me laugh so hard! Please start a blog or something.

People who use their cell phones in public deserve to get diarrhea. They'd be getting off easy in exchange for all the spiritual pollution they are guilty of.

I honestly believe that cellphones have made stupid people even more stupid. To amuse myself I've begun to collect and write down these overheard conversations, figuring Readers Digest might need material one day for their Life In the United States section.<br />
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I'll tell two stories here.<br />
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Incident #1<br />
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The other day I'm waiting in line in a C-Store. Behind me is a young lady, in her 20's, on a cellphone, describing I presume a previous nights date. Everybody around gets all the details how the guy picked her up, this and that, the place they went too, yadda yadda, yadda. Then she mentions something about she thinks she forgot her favorite set of undergarments in the restaurant restroom. You could almost hear a pindrop, as the place got silent and the young lady must have come out of her trance by the silence and said oh my god I can't believe I just said that and promptly disconnected her cell. <br />
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Incident #2<br />
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I follow this gentleman into a discount store the other day. He's on a cellphone, obviously getting directions from someone on the other end as he askes "where are those located at now".<br />
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He's headed in the same direction I am so I'm following him, we pass aisle attendent #1. <br />
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"Well I don't see them here." (a pause) "I don't know where those are either." <br />
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He continues walking. I have some time so I start 'stalking' this guy keeping about 10 feet behind him, just enough to keep overhearing the conversation curious to see where this is going to lead too. Meanwhile we pass aisle attendent #2. <br />
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We end up in the pet food section of the store. <br />
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"I'm at the pet food section." (pause) "Well I don't see a display." (pause) "Which way is south?" (pause) "ok.'<br />
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We're headed in a new direction passing aisle attendent #3. <br />
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I'm starting to laugh at the dumbness of what I'm witnessing and before I break down into hysterical laughter and somebody takes me away because they think I've lost it, I quit my surveillance of this person and head off to pay for my own purchases.<br />
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I would think eventually the guy would realize the people wearing those little vests with name tags on them might have been able to help him out better than whoever was on the other end of the line, but for all I know he was probably wandering around the lady's clothing section still trying to figure out which direction south was.

I agree with much of what is being said. I always notice that, in a market for instance, this type of person seems to walk around in circles with an empty cart or carrying a basket, while we hear the details of their business plan or the date they had the night before. I once witnessed an older immigrant woman following her younger, female companion around in aisles while laughing on the phone. Finally, I couldn't take it, I asked her "Why are you making her wait while you do that?" Well, of course, she was appalled and began telling the person on the other end of her "outrage". An earlier time I also said something to a woman in a smaller store where everyone could hear her loudly going on and on. I suggested, "Maybe you could do that outside.." you would have thought I asked her to drive off a bridge.. she began yelling at me and following me around. Geez.. I am really not confrontational, but I guess, catch me in the right mood...

As the owner of a medical practice I am shocked at the lack of common courtesy when comes to cell phones. It's clearly posted in multiple locations in my office to refrain from using cell phones, most chose to just simply ignore it and then get totally offended when we politely ask them to shut it off. This is a medical practice, i have to protect my patients privacy and how can i do that when people sit in chairs screaming in their phones. I even had a man get so incensed at us asking him to take his phone conversation outside, that he called the police on us, the officer was clearly shocked and amused that he had to respond to the call. He told this man "it's clearly posted and this is a medical practice, I don't know any doctor's office that allows cell phone use" needless to say the police backed us up and the man left with an attitude.<br />
I also had a woman who had an appt at 11:00, while she was filling out her paperwork she had a very loud and crude conversation on her phone, she was telling the person on the phone how she had gotten an STD from a one night stand(including the disgusting details) and then proceeded to name who the guy was. I had an office full of patients that were all clearly shocked at her conversation. I politely went up to her and asked her to either turn off her phone or take it outside, she ended the conversation (after telling the person on the phone that I was being rude to her) she stomped out the door, so I followed her and said to her that first of all there is a NO CELL PHONE policy and that my entire office was subjected to her crude conversation, she tells me she wasnt talking that loudly SO I repeated verbatim her conversation, Needless to say she left, missing her appt. I might add that I heard this entire conversation from inside my lab 30 feet away! <br />
Everywhere I go anymore there is always someone who is having a loud obnoxious conversation, I am amazed at how many people give out their private information in public places, social security numbers, Credit card #, date of birth etc. If I was a criminal I would be in identity theft heaven! <br />
I need my cell phone, but I don't feel the need to be important and have my private life shouted out for the world to hear. One local restaurant has a sign posted "once you have finished your cell phone conversation, we will gladly serve you, in the meantime please step out of line so others can order" it's amazing how fast I can now order at this deli, because yes they do enforce their sign and I have seen many people end up embarrassed at their own rudeness!

lk, I am sorry that this happens to you so frequently. Anyone who does this to a service person is a giant ***. And doesn't deserve the rewards discount. In fact, they should have to pay extra.

I worked at Fred Meyer as a cashier, there are so many of these type of people. I am required to ask "do you have a rewards card?" they will be on their phone and shake their big heads (NO) so im all done, give them the total and cashed them out receipt prints they look at me and hand me their rewards card. Best part is when I explain to them they have to go to customer service desk to add their point they get rude and start talking under their breath. This happens at least 3 times a week.

@Princess: Thanks! :)<br />
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@phoenix: His better half? You mean his ***?

This article is hilarious and so true..maybe the person wants people to hear them so they feel importan or maybe its because theyre deaf....

Oh, nice. :P I hate it when people are so wrapped up in their little life dramas that they can't take 5 seconds to look around and consider the feelings of other people, esp. kids.

Yea, I really just wanted to yell "Shut the "f" up!!" It was kind of a bad area though and sometimes people like that are just waiting for you to say something so they can harrass you beyond belief. It's a control thing, and I avoid confrontations at all costs. What really bothered me is that there were 3 little girls no older than 7 or 8 with them and he was dropping the f-bomb like every 5 words. I feel sorry for those kids. At least they have each other. I was terrified at that age when adults would curse, even if it wasn't directed toward me.

I wasn't even there and I'm exhausted, drowningfish! Evading these types is obviously a challenge. I would have loved to have been there had you cursed this nitwit out, though.

Goodness, that happened to me on the train yesterday. Given it is-a train- and you have to talk loud even to hear someone right there with you. This dude though, he was screaming every word, the person he was talking to was not nearly as annoying as he was, and he still heard her perfectly. Then, when someone called him, it seems like he got louder. I was ready to yell obscenities at him, so I had to change cars. At the next stop, I ran to the next car. It was quiet, everyone was reading, I'm like aaaahhhh.... Then, I realized I dropped the library book I was attempting to read, I looked back, and it was on the car I ran away from! So I had to run back to the car, grab the book, act all cool till the next stop came, and then run back to the quiet car. I was really about to curse him out though, seriously.

Amen, BunBun. (Sorry for the PunPun! :D) At least now with texting, people aren't yammering into their phones in public as much as they used to. You're kind of screwed, though, because this person lives with you. My condolences!

Oh god someone who lives with us does this every single day and the walls are paper thin so I can hear every word. Some of us don't want to hear a boring conversation about church gossip.

That's funny, Humming. An exaggerated take on an all-too-common annoyance!

there used to be this show called trigger happy tv. It was sort of like sketch comedy except in public and you get to see people's reactions. One of their favorites was taking a HUGE cellphone and walking around screaming into it as loudly as possible in elevators or restaurants etc. while it would be extremely annoying in real life, few things make me laugh harder on a television.

I'm guessing that guy not only beat the rap, but got some kind of commendation as well...

Well,I think it went to court,which is why it made the news.<br />
Don't ask me which way it went,but if it were left for a jury to decide...

There must be some special legal dispensation for people trapped with a cell-phone screamer on a train, ND. It's cruel and unusual punishment!

I have some sympathy for the man who suffered in silence during a long train journey,then finally snapped,grabbed the offending cell and threw it out of the window...

Thank you, SeriouslyLife.

I am in complete agreement! Great story!

stupidityreigns...I like your style, sistah!

this is why I have a cell phone jammer- made many a dinner much more relaxing. I listen a bit, make sure its not OMG your child is hurt kind of call, then turn it on. once they hang up/put it away? turn it off.

*Shouts into his phone* <br />
"I don't like it when people shout in their phone!! "

Remind me to never sneak up behind you, WM. Or mess up your fries order.

I know what you mean, Nyxie. I don't wish to sound like a paranoid psychopath, but I usually have a knife hidden on me somewhere.

@Pedro - Everyone has a story like this, don't they? It's crazy-making.<br />
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@Faucon - Thanks! I remember doing that as a kid. Remember how loud you'd have to yell for it to work? <br />
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@WildMagic - Cell phone screamers have by no means cornered the market on rudeness. Three cheers for you for confronting them. You are a braver woman than I. There was a local news story last week about two people at a McDonald's who beat up a guy standing in line behind them who had asked them to stop swearing loudly at the counter people who had messed up their order. Makes me afraid to leave the house sometimes. :/

I find cellphone screamers the most annoying in restaurants and bookstores. There you are, trying to enjoy a peaceful meal or a good book and a cup of coffee, and some attention-seeking hair-brain starts shouting at the top of their lungs about their cheating insignificant other and their recent tonsillectomy. I mean, do people really not notice when the entire room starts casting irritated glares their way? I suppose to some bad attention is better than no attention.<br />
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Worse still are the ones who shout conversations back and forth across a room. Is it really too difficult to move to the same table? I was in McDonald's recently and these two women began having a very loud, <b>very</b> graphic conversation about giving birth. Don't misunderstand me, I see the beauty in the Goddess's gift as much as any other woman, but when someone uses the phrase "I was soooo wide!" and "there was blood all over the place!" it's time to stop. I have to admit, I was rather rude when I confronted them, but I think I made my point. :)

LOL! I hear ya!

I know, Faucon, it's too just weird with those earpieces. If you don't see it, you just assume someone is trying to talk to you.

Great story, WildMagic! "The Bluetooth of Doom." LMAO!

Oh, Lord and Lady... The Bluethooth of Doom. Yes! It's especially annoying when you're in a store or a park and someone walks up to you, begins talking "to" you, and then gives you an unreasonably offended Go-To-Hell look if you say something like: "I'm sorry?" <br />
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Once in a local grocery store a woman walked up to me an loudly asked: "Do you know what my boss said to me? That b@st@*d said I needed to stop doing my nails. He said they were unprofessional, and I was like: 'Uh-uh. No. Just cause you don't take time to look nice doesn't mean I shouldn't. It wouldn't matter if he did, anyhow. He's uglier than sin...' " I stood there stunned for a few moments- wondering why this woman had decided to confide in me and whether I should tell her that her long, lime green and hot pink nails really were a little unprofessional- then I finally realized, when she moved her head, that she was wearing a little earpiece under her hair. I wonder how many people she frightened that evening.

Hahahaha! "Hey you!! :/ :/ :/ :/!!!"

That's the face I give them! :/

You said it, Myo. Maybe some people think when they're yelling into their phones that they're magically surrounded by a sound-proof phonebooth or something, I don't know. :/

I sure don't find myself wanting to strike up a conversation or even smile at this type of person. It comes off as so self-absorbed. The whole world revolves around that conversation. Everybody else can get outta the way!

Thanks, ZombieKitty. Yeah, you look at those people and wonder, "Type-A workaholic with a tiny phone jammed in his ear? Or simply a paranoid-schizophrenic? And should I be at a safer distance?" :D

Thanks for your comment, WildMagic. It does indeed seem as if some people understand the concept of why it's not a good idea to conduct private business in a public place, and at the top of their lungs!

I have to agree that this is extremely annoying- especially when the speaker is loudly discussing a very personal issue. Sometimes I just want to walk up, get their attention, and and say something like: "I don't care if you're insignificant other has been unfaithful, and I care even less about what your gynecologist told you. Please, PLEASE keep it down."<br />
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(Unfortunately, I can honestly say I've heard someone screaming into a cellphone about both topics.)

That IS tempting, isn't it? MWAH-hahahahaha...

I would love love love to get a cell phone jammer

In public places such as in stores, I capitalize on the Hollywood obsession with showing all Germans as screaming Nazis. I start speaking German VERY LOUDLY right next to the speaker, usually about the cost of living (in case someone does know what I am saying!) This language is considered so annoying that the person will get mad at me. I just shout at them in German to get off the phone and then I will speak English. <br />
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However, doing such things takes chutzpah, and sometimes disturbs one's own sense of peace and quiet too much. I never feel great about it afterwards. <br />
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My favorite participation-method story: in a Starbucks, a man is interviewing a woman by phone, for a date - apparently it was some internet dating. He went on and on about her Chinese descent and her heritage, and we all listened. Finally I slipped him a note: "IF she is Chinese, tell her about your income and assets, otherwise, no chance, buddy. Cut to the quick. We're listening!"<br />
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Boy, was he MAD!!!!!<br />
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We loved it as he marched out!!

They always do, Bananna. It's like, "how DARE you suggest that I shouldn't be able to do whatever I want and annoy as many people as possible with my rude and clueless behavior? THIS IS AMERICA, DAMMIT!" <br />
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Well, all I can say is thank you for speaking up AND speaking for the rest of us!

I actually had to yell "Shut Up!!" at a lady that was blahblahblahing so loud at Target one time, other people were looking at her and rolling their eyes at her so I took it upon myself to deliver the message...the worst part is that she looked at "me" like "I" was the crazy one!!!

i think its funny when people get serious on a cell phone then they are like hello? ...hello? wait hang on...reception LOL

Excellent point, Myo. (Or should I say, "Stewie"? :D) It's a possibility that this could happen, but it's exceedingly rare, bordering on never. No one should have to "just deal" with other people's gross stuff in public just because they're too lazy or inconsiderate to go somewhere private to discuss it.

I agree with the house on fire. I have yet to see, er, hear that happen. I would question anyone who would call on a cell phone to tell someone their spouse is cheating or worse yet, if the spouse was the caller. Wouldn't that be a case for a face to face conversation? And I really don't want to "just deal" with someone else's hemorrhoids or colonoscopy details. Sorry. :P

I take your point, hcohen1. If I received a call in a public place that my house was on fire, I know I'd probably let out quite a shriek. My problem is with the people who scream everyday, banal, inane conversations into their cellphones because they are too inconsiderate or selfish to realize that a) there are actually other human beings around them who b) would be very happy if the talker would simply lower his or her voice a bit. I realize there are unavoidable annoyances out there of every stripe; however, I think being aware of your surroundings while on the phone publicly and behaving accordingly (if your house isn't on fire, of course!) comes down to just basic manners and having consideration for others.

I think that you guys all are right but the truth is that sometimes things happen and what might not seem like you need to hear is actually a big part of someone else s life.. I know its annoying but sometimes instead of getting angry we need to just breath and ignore.. You cant control the world or ask people to control their feelings.. Especially if its something big.. I'm sorry if i happen to be in a crowded place and happen to find out at that exact moment my husband cheated or my building is on fire I will probably not care what anyone thinks of my conversation. I agree to take it outside and try to be private but if someone is already doing that as much as they can and is still in your way then you just need to deal!

I never went back there, and we fired my son-in-law!

Myo: It's like you're not even there. Service people who do this should be fired, period. If they worked for me, they would be.<br />
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Peedee: Yep! One of the downsides of technology...

Screaming in cell phone...How irritating!

I was getting my nails done and this rude nail tech was talking on her cell! I didn't know where to look. I mean, I was right there! My soon to be ex son-in-law texted the whole time he was sitting next to me while I was trying to buy a Bjorn baby carrier for him on the internet. I had to keep interrupting him to ask which one he wanted. Silly me. I thought he'd use it.

Agreed, fe45au. There is nothing worse than being somewhere with someone and have them abruptly take a call or start texting with someone else. SO rude!

Not only the loudness, but talking on the phone in the bathroom stall. My cousin didn't even think about it. <br />
Consideration for others goes out the window around cell phones'<br />
Here's another, I'm in a good conversation with a friend in person and they get a call and all of a sudden, I'm on the out. I ususally just walk away and they have no clue.

@Thulerack. <br />
Why pretend that you're from another country...doesn't make since. Wearing earplugs?? Come on, people working in loud factories probably don't even wear them. While I don't scream when I'm using my cell phone, you'd be sorry if you bumped into me (on purpose) while in a store, that's for sure.

You're an exemplary citizen, Roger. If more people were like you, the world would be a far more civilized place!

I actually keep a small note taped to my display (dorky, uh?) that says SPEAK SOFTLY. I try to remember to leave my phone in the car when I go to restaurants, etc. because my voice has a tendency to rise the longer I am on the phone. Don't know what it is about those damn things.

Roger, that's brilliant! But the worst offenders would probably find a way to disable it because of course they would think it's much too sensitive!

How about a phone with a built in feature that beeps when a person's voice reaches a certain decibel level?

Yeesh! Your dad needs to chill, Boann! Everyone around him is probably ready to grab his phone away from him and toss it down the nearest sewer grate!

Nyxie...my father ALWAYS does that. He screams into the phone asking where I am and maes me feel uncomfrotable when I can't exactly pipoint the location-he yells louder it;ps so freaking annoying. I can see how this would annoy a third party, trust me

The worst thing I've ever seen is someone in a public restroom having a conversation whilst on the throne. Is that beyond revolting, or WHAT??

What is the deal with giving a blow-by-blow account of every stupid little thing you do all day. Those types of phone calls always start with the same question. "Where are you?"<br />
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I am secure enough with myself, to do some things on my own. Like buy milk.

ROFLMAO! You've nailed it, lilt. That's JUST how those idiotic conversations sound: loud and completely inane.

Yeah, what IS that? The person can't SEE, so the logical thing of course would be to treat them as if they can't HEAR. WTF??

" WHERE ARE YOU?..... I'M AT THE GROCERY STORE...... I HAD TO GET SOME MILK....I AM CHECKING OUT RIGHT NOW.... WHAT?....ARE YOU STILL THERE?......I SAID I AM CHECKING OUT .....OH.....I AM GOING TO GO HOME AND PUT THE MILK IN THE FRIDGE....WHAT ARE YOU DOING?....OK.....I WILL CALL YOU RIGHT BACK....WHAT?.....I SAID I WILL CALL YOU RIGHT BACK.....

Same concept of why people shout at the blind. I've seen this happen. Unbelievable.

Alan, that is too funny! I have a GoPhone, and I wouldn't use $100 worth of minutes in three years! <br />
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Myo, so true. The smaller the phones, the louder some of them scream, as if they think it's too small to pick up their voices!

Just because the technology is sensitive and sophisticated doesn't mean the knuckleheaded users are! Sheesh.

Nyxie -- My prepaid cell phone easily lasts me a year. Shoot me if I ever need more than $100 worth of minutes a year.

Smokeseek, I can't think of anyone I'd want to talk to for six hours a day in person, let alone on the phone. Maybe you and I are just anti-social! ;)

I hate cell phones altogether. Yes I own one, but use it only for the briefest of conversations. I am annoyed by the people on my train who insist on the longest conversations about nothing. And my wife is the biggest abuser. I keep telling her to have hers implanted in her brain. She is on her cell phone literally 5 or 6 hours a day. Its so freaking annoying.

I was in town the other day and all the uber-yuppies were talking feverishly on their hands-free, Blue-Tooth earpieces. It gave me an odd feeling of deja vu. I felt like I was back at Norristown State Mental Hospital locked in a ward with a bunch of schizophrenics planning imaginary Thanksgiving dinners with imaginary friends. And they were so expressive and demonstrative at times - totally crazy.

LOL!!

I have a very simple policy about cell phone conversations in public places. If a person is talking on a cell in a crowded store for example, that person does not have "a reasonable expectation of privacy", indeed the call is no longer private, it is a public call. As such, I feel entirely free to participate in the call, by standing close by and saying inappropriate things like, "Wow, my hemorrhoids are acting up again", and "If only she'd had the decency to tell me she had the clap BEFORE I gave her the 50!"<br><br />
You'd be surprised by how effective this technique is.

I realize that is sometimes the case, but more often than not, I think a lot of people just like to hear themselves yell!

I would consider it an honor, MrGW! :) And kudos to you for setting a good example of independent thinking and decision-making for your kids!

Thank you Nyxie because I was thinking that maybe I and my family were some of the last few humans who actually go to the trouble of making decisions on our own. Can we consider ourselves Dinosaurs along with you?

@hollster: I agree with the lack of self-esteem theory. "Look at meee! Look at meee!" Cases of arrested development, if you ask me. :D<BR><BR>@MrGW: It's funny you should say that, because I've often found myself thinking the same thing about why anyone has to constantly have a phone glued to their ear in order to feel as though they're still part of the human race. Is it fear of being alone with one's own thoughts; or as you say, fear of making one's own decisions? I'm like you...I use mine for work or on the road. Otherwise, the damn thing is OFF. People think I'm a dinosaur, but I don't care. I cherish my silence! :)<BR><BR>@Josie: I know, it can happen with landline phones also. Just ask the poor schmo sitting in a cubicle next to one of these loudmouths trying to get some work done! :D

This is one of my biggest pet peeves. It doesn't even have to be a cell phone even a regular phone.<br />
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Jeez! you'd think it was tin cans and a string.

What I've never understood is why do "people" feel as though they even need to be constantly talking on a cell phone? Are the general populace (those that constantly use the things) in such need of direction, "companionship", appearing "important", unable to make a decision on their own, etc... that they need to always have the advice of others before they make the slightest decision? Shouldn't us adults be at least attempting to teach our children the importance of self-reliance? My Wife and I got our first cellphones when our children were born so that if we were away form a telephone and there were an emergency that we would be able to summon help. I never leave mine turned on unless I'm driving alone at night or some like situation. Also, I refuse to allow anyone in my home to leave their cellphone on. It's just rude to get calls which are not important.

Yes, there definitely needs to be a "Cell Phone Etiquette" class and it should be required before the user gets the phone activated! I think screamers have self-esteem issues and want to announce to the world that not only are they important enough to receive a call while at the grocery store, they are also important enough that they want you all to hear the conversation. I used to work at the deli at King Soopers and you wouldn't believe how many people came to the counter talking on their cell phones. It was awkward because you don't know if you should interrupt to serve them quickly or leave them alone so they can finish the conversation. I just figured if they couldn't give me their undivided attention then they didn't deserve mine!

Three cheers for BinaryEncryption! The aurally assaulted are FIGHTING BACK!! :D I would've PAID to see THAT interchange. Serves her right, the rude wench! :D

I was in the doctors waiting room one day when a "lady" started talking very loud into her cell phone. After at least ten minutes, I turned around and started saying things like "really? oh my god! Then what?" "yea, yea then what?" and "what was that part I missed that?". By the end of the phone call she was so angry, she hung up and I said to her" Well I thought if I was going to be forced to be a part of your phone call I should at least pay attention, you never know when there might be a quiz at the end". She got right up and left the office missing her appointment.

AHAHAA LMAO

LMAO..I may need to do that with my daughter and her husband..when they come over they are always are the cell ph..talking loud.at least they might sknow they come to visit us..

DGLB: I wish I'd been there to see the opera singer. That must have been PRICELESS! :D<br />
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CM: There are always extenuating circumstances like that. Hey, drop outs happen! Sometimes you have to shout to get through. And I would never be upset at anyone yelling into a cell phone in an emergency or anything like that!

The French have sense. In their trains there is a sign on the wall to say switch off your phone. But you can make it into a game. On the way to work, I hear a phone ring. As soon as I hear this I try to say "I'm on the train" before the person has time to answer the call. You score one point for every "I'm on the train" you hear. My record is NINE times for one journey.<br />
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Best story I heard was about an opera singer, who, when someone was talking loudly on their phone, began to sing. When the person on the phone complained, she said "So you feel like talking loudly on your phone? Well, I happen to feel like singing!" It probably made her feel a lot better.

D00d, I agree...and wonderfully put. If everyone just had a tiny bit of consideration for others, it would go a long way toward making this world a nicer place in which to live. <BR><BR>Thulerack, those cards are great! :D "Put A Cork In It"...bwahahahaha!! Thanks for the link. You've performed a critical public service today! :)<BR><BR>I admire your proactive stance on annoying the screamers back, but with my luck, if I tried that I'd get sucker punched! Until then, I'll just have to pray for super powers like yours or invest in a some kind of high-tech jammer that can be easily concealed... ;)