Post # 1
I was on the cell phone talking to a friend while I walked to my car. And, some woman who was also walking to her car felt the need to mutter loudly under her breath, “Just shut up!”
FWIW, we were not in a tight enclosed space. We were in a parking garage. I also wasn’t talking loudly or saying anything inappropriate. She only heard a 1 minute convo as well.
Was I rude or was she? Just curious!
Post # 3
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
@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
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
@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
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
@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 # 9
@julies1949: She wasn’t on the phone.
@weddingmaven: Maybe? I don’t think I talk loud. I’d like to think that I was aware of my surroundings. I never talk on an elevator, train/bus or tight spaces. I think she just happened to walk the same direction as me and didn’t like that. *shrugs* Oh, well! I was just taken aback at how someone thought I was rude, combated it with even more rudeness.
Post # 10
@SunflowerGarden: Lol Thank you for that! I was having a crappy day and having someone telling me to “shut up!” was no fun.
Post # 11
@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 # 12
@BrandNewBride: One a very packed train ride, I overheard someone talk about their recent release from prison and their probation officer. lol
Post # 13
I would agree that it would depend on your volume, content, and proximity to her.
Post # 14
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 # 16
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!