Phone Etiquette

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Maybe she was just having a bad day?

Though I sometimes think that when I hear someone having “like, a totally emotional conversation or something! ‘Cause, like, how could JOHN ever cheat on CINDY? OMG!” conversation in public.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mnp:  How do you know she was talking to you?

I will admit I have covered the phone and said something like that on more than one occasion when I was extremely frustrated with someone who wouldn’t stop talking.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

How loud were you talking?  I think it’s considerate to lower your voice a bit when other people are around and can hear.  I’d consider a parking garage a fairly enclosed space where sound can and does travel.  And a full minute is a long time to be talking loudly enough that someone can hear you clearly, if she could.  

That said, this person sounds like a nut job for saying anything out loud.  Incredibly rude on her part. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@mnp:  Maybe she was talking to the voices in her head 😛

Honestly, there is nothing wrong with what you did. Buses, subway trains… those are iffy, but out in the open? You were totally fine. It could be that she was just having a really bad day. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think she was being a little dramatic. It’s not like you two were stuck sitting next to eachother on a crowded train and you were in the movie theater…

You should have started talking even louder lol! “WHAT WAS THAT NAIL POLISH YOU WERE WEARING THE OTHER DAY? OH YEAH? DOES IT CHIP? HOW LONG UNTIL IT CHIPPED?”

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mnp:   She was rude.  You were both in a public space.  You can talk to your invisible friend if you want – it’s none of her business.  

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@mnp:  You were in public and you can do whatever you want (within reason). I’m not sure why she expects the public sphere to be perfectly silent but if that’s how she really feels then she needs to stay home. People communicate and unfortunately that makes noise sometimes. I don’t think you were in the wrong at all and I would have told her to shut up back 😛

I thought this post was going to be about etiquette while you are on the phone! I was thinking about people who eat while they are talking to me, who are doing twenty things at once and not really listening to me, and the worst offense of all – people who use the bathroom while they are talking to me. Ew. Seriously? Ew.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I would agree that it would depend on your volume, content, and proximity to her.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it depends on the nature of the phone call and the length. I was in the supermarket recently and a man was having an argument with someone over the phone – presume it was a girlfriend/close family member. But he was getting really irate with them and it continued for a long time. He kept saying, “will you let me talk, will you let me talk” over and over. I really felt like taking the phone from him and hanging up then saying, “if they won’t let you talk then don’t talk to them!”

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@mnp:  She was rude. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I say this under my breath when someone’s having a long, loud phone conversation in a seriously enclosed space (train, elevator etc). A parking garage I’d consider fair enough though!

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