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No cell phones, please, say businesses
« on: November 15, 2007, 11:32:40 AM »

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I almost got in a fight with a guy on his cellphone in a Quizno's line a few months ago.  This guy was at the front of the line reading out the menu to his wife on the phone for her to make her decision. The line kept growing and growing and tempers were flaring.  Angry


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Despite the prevalent attitude that cell phones can be used any time, any place -- public bathrooms included -- there's a competing ethos at play: Put. It. Down.

Businesses and organizations are increasingly posting signs asking people to stop using them during transactions -- at order counters, and in banks, doctor's offices, coffee shops and other places where crowds gather.

A few years ago, Zatz A Better Bagel in West Seattle posted this sign at its counter after Bluetooth headsets became popular: "Please be courteous to our staff and fellow customers. No cell phones."

"When there's 15 people in line and you're on the phone talking with someone and we're asking whether you want a bagel toasted or with cream cheese, it can add five minutes on for the other customers," employee Tuesday Velasco said.

Those who ignore the sign are told, "We'll be right with you as soon as you're ready," manager Jason Kinch said.

And, that -- skipping to the next person in line until the cell phone user puts down his or her phone -- is becoming a common approach, even at businesses without posted signs.

Much of the trend is driven by customer complaints about loud cell-phone blatherers, along with wait times in line growing while phoners try to multitask. Counter staffers and others have gotten used to hearing, "Oh, hold on a minute. I have to take this call."
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Re: No cell phones, please, say businesses
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2007, 11:35:26 AM »

LOL!  You should have kicked his ass Walfredo style!
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2007, 11:43:21 AM »

LOL!  You should have kicked his ass Walfredo style!

I was sooo hungry that day (the low blood sugar probably didn't help the surliness).  I decided that if I fought him, it might be quite a while before I got any food into my system, and it would be tacky to ask him to wait until I finish my sandwich before I kick his ass.  I need to start carrying around asskicking rainchecks to hand out.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2007, 11:49:28 AM »

LOL!  You should have kicked his ass Walfredo style!

I was sooo hungry that day (the low blood sugar probably didn't help the surliness).  I decided that if I fought him, it might be quite a while before I got any food into my system, and it would be tacky to ask him to wait until I finish my sandwich before I kick his ass.  I need to start carrying around asskicking rainchecks to hand out.

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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2007, 11:52:00 AM »

All this is *goshdarn* with my head. 

Aske's a rock 'em sock 'em robot online and Mr. Rogers in person.  Dys is mild mannered on the boards and O.J. Simpson in real life.   

I'm so confused.   Huh?
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2007, 11:55:50 AM »

All this is *goshdarn* with my head. 

Aske's Mr. Rogers in person. 

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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2007, 11:57:13 AM »

All this is *goshdarn* with my head. 

Aske's Mr. Rogers in person. 

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Well, sans cardigan.

Smiley  I meant it in the nicest possible way.   Buddies
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2007, 12:05:07 PM »

All this is *goshdarn* with my head. 

Aske's Mr. Rogers in person. 

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Well, sans cardigan.

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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2007, 12:18:49 PM »

LOL!  You should have kicked his ass Walfredo style!

I was sooo hungry that day (the low blood sugar probably didn't help the surliness).  I decided that if I fought him, it might be quite a while before I got any food into my system, and it would be tacky to ask him to wait until I finish my sandwich before I kick his ass.  I need to start carrying around asskicking rainchecks to hand out.

I'd really like to see you do that

"Sir/Madam, it's come to my attention that you are requiring an asskicking for (insert reason). It's my intention to kick your ass in to the middle of next week, however due to time contstraints I'll need to take a raincheck. I will contact you later to arrange a time that is convenient for me to kick your ass.  Have a nice day"
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2007, 12:55:40 PM »

dys., carry a can of this along with the rainchecks.

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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2007, 01:37:07 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2007, 02:08:00 PM »

Aske's a rock 'em sock 'em robot online and Mr. Rogers in person.

He asked you to be his neighbor? Wink
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2007, 02:08:52 PM »

Ugg, I used to HATE that *feces*.

'So, we'll get those tires and alignment going, if I can get you to sign right here and have your keys, and if I could show you...'

RING!!! 'Hello? Hey, girlfriend, wazzup, me and blah, blah,blah,blah'

while 3 other people are waiting for various levels of assistance isn't frackin' cuttin' it.

I used to walk away if they didn't put them on hold or something.

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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2007, 04:03:30 PM »

Aske's a rock 'em sock 'em robot online and Mr. Rogers in person.

He asked you to be his neighbor? Wink


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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2007, 08:30:28 PM »

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Those who ignore the sign are told, "We'll be right with you as soon as you're ready," manager Jason Kinch said.

And, that -- skipping to the next person in line until the cell phone user puts down his or her phone -- is becoming a common approach, even at businesses without posted signs.

That's fine.  I just hope these same businesses don't answer the phone when a customer is standing in line.  Why is the guy on the phone more important than a live customer in a store?  This bugs me more than cell phones.
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