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PostSubject: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:48 pm

I was once at a theatre performance during which not only did the phone of a woman in front of me ring, but she answered it and conducted a full volume conversation.

It is generally frowned upon to use one's mobile phone when steering around sharp bends, at the moment of interment of one's near relations, or during a job interview.

Otherwise, are there any social restrictions that should be placed on use of the mobile phone?
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:53 pm

When in Mass. It is so annoying to hear the ringing of phones during the celebration of Mass. It is quite rude, distracting and not at all consistent with the sacred atmosphere which we want to foster. Signal blockers are increasingly a preferable option.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:55 pm

Did you not tap her on the shoulder? I would have.

Mobile phones should not be used anywhere except in private, on the street and in the office in my opinion. I can't stick the damn things. I was once in a very nice restaurant with a woman shouting on a phone at the table next door. I asked the waiter to get me the restaurant manager who I then asked to kindly tell her to keep the noise down or take the phonecall outside because she was disrupting my meal and if it continued I wouldn't pay for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:57 pm

Japan has a form of mobile etiquette on public transport apparently. Phones are expected to be on vibrate/silent and when making a call, you are expected to whisper the conversation for the benefit of other passengers around you.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:08 pm

cactus flower wrote:
I was once at a theatre performance during which not only did the phone of a woman in front of me ring, but she answered it and conducted a full volume conversation.

It is generally frowned upon to use one's mobile phone when steering around sharp bends, at the moment of interment of one's near relations, or during a job interview.

Otherwise, are there any social restrictions that should be placed on use of the mobile phone?

Hmm. Friend of mine answered hers at the altar at her wedding - handed me her bouquet and rootled around in her garter until she found it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:10 pm

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Hmm. Friend of mine answered hers at the altar at her wedding - handed me her bouquet and rootled around in her garter until she found it.

You know some very peculiar people. I can't remember the precise details of the last story you told us but it was about a wife running off on her husband I think? Is this the same couple?
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:10 pm

ibis wrote:
cactus flower wrote:
I was once at a theatre performance during which not only did the phone of a woman in front of me ring, but she answered it and conducted a full volume conversation.

It is generally frowned upon to use one's mobile phone when steering around sharp bends, at the moment of interment of one's near relations, or during a job interview.

Otherwise, are there any social restrictions that should be placed on use of the mobile phone?

Hmm. Friend of mine answered hers at the altar at her wedding - handed me her bouquet and rootled around in her garter until she found it.

Classy.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:15 pm

johnfás wrote:
ibis wrote:
Hmm. Friend of mine answered hers at the altar at her wedding - handed me her bouquet and rootled around in her garter until she found it.

You know some very peculiar people. I can't remember the precise details of the last story you told us but it was about a wife running off on her husband I think? Is this the same couple?

I'm afraid not...similar levels of classiness, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:17 pm

I went down in the cinema once and asked someone to stop sending text messages because 1) the continuous beeping was annoying and 2) the backlight on it was distracting. I cannot stick people interferring with my enjoyment of something which I have paid for.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:19 pm

johnfás wrote:
I went down in the cinema once and asked someone to stop sending text messages because 1) the continuous beeping was annoying and 2) the backlight on it was distracting. I cannot stick people interferring with my enjoyment of something which I have paid for.

Clearly. It's perplexing why people decide to concentrate on their phones in the cinema. It's not like watching films there costs next to nothing. You have to pay at least a tenner for a ticket and with popcorn and drinks it costs easily twenty euro per person. At that price you'd want to focus on the film and get enjoyment out of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:21 pm

19.95 for a main course in the Orchard, a pint and a ticket to the cinema in Stillorgan at the moment. Good value.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Sat Dec 13, 2008 9:24 pm

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19.95 for a main course in the Orchard, a pint and a ticket to the cinema in Stillorgan at the moment. Good value.

Wow. That's pretty good value john.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:52 pm

a mobile (with an annoying jingle) went off at the Papal Audience in the Vatican last week. i think it was one of the South American pilgrims.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:39 pm

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a mobile (with an annoying jingle) went off at the Papal Audience in the Vatican last week. i think it was one of the South American pilgrims.

Not himself, then.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:58 pm

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a mobile (with an annoying jingle) went off at the Papal Audience in the Vatican last week. i think it was one of the South American pilgrims.


Did you just get married, zakalwe, or am I mixing you up with someone else?
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:14 pm

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zakalwe wrote:
a mobile (with an annoying jingle) went off at the Papal Audience in the Vatican last week. i think it was one of the South American pilgrims.


Did you just get married, zakalwe, or am I mixing you up with someone else?

i did, in rome. best time of my life!
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:15 pm

zakalwe wrote:
Kate P wrote:
zakalwe wrote:
a mobile (with an annoying jingle) went off at the Papal Audience in the Vatican last week. i think it was one of the South American pilgrims.


Did you just get married, zakalwe, or am I mixing you up with someone else?

i did, in rome. best time of my life!

So, did you bring us back some cake ?
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:21 pm

How many people did you have over in Rome for it?
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:22 pm

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How many people did you have over in Rome for it?

I thought the whole point of Rome was to shake them off Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:25 pm

cactus flower wrote:
johnfás wrote:
How many people did you have over in Rome for it?

I thought the whole point of Rome was to shake them off Suspect

All the more reason why we should get cake.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:26 pm

You would think that but the brother of a friend of mine got married in Sicily and yet still they had 100 at it.
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 4:49 pm

johnfás wrote:
You would think that but the brother of a friend of mine got married in Sicily and yet still they had 100 at it.

Ah, Sicilians are notorious for gate-crashing ...
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PostSubject: Re: Mobile Etiquette   Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:18 pm

zakalwe wrote:
a mobile (with an annoying jingle) went off at the Papal Audience in the Vatican last week. i think it was one of the South American pilgrims.

Oh those pesky South Americans! *shakes fist*
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