If you are sitting in a waiting room – especially a SURIGICAL waiting room – and your cell phone rings, first answer it quickly or silence the ringer and then GO OUT IN THE HALL to talk on the stupid thing. Better yet (and if I’d have thought of it, it’s what I would have done), set your phone to vibrate so it doens’t ring at all. The people in that waiting room are already worried enough about their loved ones and stressed to the max usually. They don’t care that someone let your dog out for you, or that your teenager wants to go to the mall after school or even that so many people care about you that your phone will ring non-stop for 2.5 hours. We do not want to hear your inconvienced sounds and your complainin about how you just wish people would leave you alone while you’re up at the hospital. If that were true, you’d turn the stupid phone OFF! And if you aren’t getting a strong signal where you are, that does *not* mean you should get up and walk around the waiting room until you find a spot where you get a stronger signal. If you *feel* silly standing on a chair by the window, be assured that the rest of us think you *look* silly as well. And talking *louder* will not make the person on the other end of the line hear you any better if your signal is weak. Sometimes, I think people who buy cell phone contracts should be forced to sign an etiquette clause and given a three strikes rule – break the rules more than three times and they’ll take your phone away from you for good.
Tuesday April 3, 2007 April 3, 2007