Ten years ago, a commercial ran about a guy we all know:
Inconsiderate Cell Phone Man.
Well, damn if he isn’t back.
And he’s got the SPEAKER PHONE turned ON.
Give me the strength.
It’s bad enough that a lot of people speak in loud, clarion tones while on their cell phones…
Speaker-phone only compounds the problem.
Now we’re unwittingly stuck in the middle of a three-way.
Case in point:
The other day, while having lunch out, the woman in the next booth spoke on SPEAKER PHONE to:
A. Her doctor’s office, then
B. Her pharmacist, and then
C. An incoming call came through where she had to explain how she was talking to her pharmacist because her prescription was put back due to her failure to pick it up from the store in a timely manner.
Good Lord, I now know more about Speaker Phone Phony than I ever wanted to.
A. I know her full name.
B. I know what medicine she’s on.
C. I know her doctor’s name.
D. I know she lackadaisical about picking up her meds, and oh–
E. I know her friend’s name is Judy.
You know, it occurred to me that public cell phone usage is becoming more than just a nuisance.
It’s akin to the way nonsmokers must have felt thirty years ago when smokers owned the world. Cough. Cough. And then they were banished to the Great Outdoors.
Is it time to similarly banish inconsiderate cell phone people? On the other hand, that would make the Great Outdoors not so great.
Where’s Dear Abby, Emily Post, and Anne Landers when you need them? Can someone please get them on the phone? Conference call. On speaker.
Thanks for reading.
Susan J. Anderson
Foxy Writer Chick