Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cell Phones – Again

This post has nothing to do with religion, spirituality, or beliefs – just common sense, good judgment, and consideration for others.

The cell phone may be one of the most useful, as well as one of the most annoying, inventions in recent history. I was at the deli counter recently when a woman’s cell phone rang. She answered it, then another call came in. She told the first caller she’d call back, then told the second caller she’d call back. Meanwhile, progress at the deli counter ground to a halt while she’s juggling her calls.

What’s wrong with this picture? First of all, when a person is involved with other people, transacting business, or doing something requiring concentration (like DRIVING!), then the cell phone should be turned off or put on vibrate so as not to annoy others. You can always check your messages and call bank later. NOTHING is that urgent unless you are an EMS first responder or fire fighter.

It scares me when I see women talking on a cell phone while attempting to maneuver a huge SUV around a parking lot (or even worse, in traffic). It annoys me when I see somebody cradling the phone and having a conversation when trying to pay at the checkout counter. It irritates me when I’m forced to listen to someone’s conversation on a bus or while waiting in line.
What’s the answer? Turn the phone off when driving (especially), transacting

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