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Cell Phone Feedback
I have to admit that cell phones have been more than handy for me, at times, and I know they have even saved lives. However, they truly are a mixed blessing.
A while back, I was in our small town's public library, quietly sitting, trying to read, but it was nearly impossible to keep any train of thought, due to the loud-mouth woman on her cell phone who was pacing back & forth, carrying on a conversation as though she were in the parking lot...which is where she should have been. I thought she would probably talk for a minute or two, then sign off, but no, she continued on for what seemed an eternity. I could see that the other patrons were as annoyed with her as I was, so I decided to say something to the librarian, figuring it would be her job to politely ask the woman to go out, at least into the vestibule, to carry on her personal conversation; a reasonable assumption, it would seem. However, much to my surprise, the answer I got was that she couldn't do so.
When I asked her why, and why there weren't at least signs posted to the effect, "Please do not use your cell phone in the library," I was told that, although they used to have such signs posted, they were told to take them down, because it was offensive to the cell phone users, who were, after all, patrons of the library. At that point, I started to become incredulous, not to mention a little angry, so I asked her about the other library patrons. Were we also patrons? Why should we all have to suffer, so one patron could continue to be loud and rude? What has happened to "common sense?" The poor librarian simply nodded, saying, "I know what you mean, and I agree, but that's what we were told we had to do."
The other place where it's beyond annoying is to be at a resaurant with someone else, trying to enjoy a quiet evening, when there is a loud cell phone user sitting nearby, talking, as most of them seem to do, louder than normally, because they feel as though others can't hear them, otherwise.
So, in the end, I have mixed feelings about them. Sure, I have one, so I won't be so hypocritical as to say everyone who uses them is a moron, but at least I can honestly say that I use mine with a little common sense: never while driving, not in libraries, restaurants, or other places where quiet is expected or it might be offensive to others.
Thanks for letting me vent, :O)