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Cell Phones Are a Public Nuisance!

Updated on January 26, 2017
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"Please Turn Off Cell Phones" poster by Fred May
"Please Turn Off Cell Phones" poster by Fred May | Source

Cell Phones Are the Biggest Pest Since the Mosquito!

I am fed up with cell phones in public! Drivers riding around with cell phones "glued" to their ears endanger the lives of others while they chatter incessantly, paying not one iota of attention to where they're going (especially while *shudder* texting); shoppers in stores roadblock an entire aisle, all the while carrying on some frivolous and redundant conversation to an apparent simpleton on the other end; restaurant patrons frequently conduct violent arguments on their cell phones, bantering with hostile ex-spouses, unfortunately, within earshot of the entire restaurant.

Personally, I wish cell phones had never been invented. The modern world has long been barraged by noise pollution, but as far as I'm concerned, the pesky cell phone is the straw that broke the camel's back. Because of the cell phone (or should I say cell phone users), it's becoming increasingly difficult to preserve one's sanity. Everywhere I go, I find myself one step closer to being committed as I encounter babbling idiots and pesky ringtones--even in the john, for god's sake! As Andy Griffith once said, "You beat everything Barney, you know that?"

I Hate Cell Phones!

Cell Phone Shopper Poster
Cell Phone Shopper Poster | Source

Case in Point

I have worked in retail for thirty-one years. Oh, how I pine for the good ol' days when cell phones were nowhere to be seen. But, alas, those days will never--ever--ever come again.

Working for a retail giant over a quarter of a century has finally reduced me to this--loudly ranting and raving about public cell phone use to whoever will listen!

The last straw happened just a few days ago. As a cashier, I had almost completed checking out a woman (let's call her Cell Phone Sally), when suddenly she stopped to answer her ringing cell phone--right when I was trying to give her the total! If she would have waited just a few more seconds to answer the phone, she could have paid and gotten out of the way. But NOOOOO! This woman was obviously on another planet, totally oblivious to her surroundings.

In the meantime, my line of shoppers awaiting checkout was steadily growing and if looks could kill, Cell Phone Sally would be a dead woman by now! I finally shouted the total at her, hoping she would hear; as the old expression goes: "The light was on, but no one was home." Sally briefly looked up, looked away, then resumed her conversation.

Shouting even louder, I repeated her total. She pulled out a debit card, stopped, looked away, then resumed her conversation. Gritting my teeth, I gently slid the debit card from her hand and swiped it. Now, the register was requesting her pin number. In the meantime, two more people joined the checkout line, for a total count of eight. I waved the debit card in her face, hoping she would at least attempt to read my lips as I asked for her pin number. Mercifully, the conversation ended before the irate woman behind her dented her derriere with a shopping cart. As Sally finally removed her carcass, you could almost hear the customers behind her say, "Good riddance!"


Restaurant Gives a Discount for Leaving Cell Phone at the Door

Cell Phone Shenanigans - Here Just a Few Cell Phone Faux Pas I Have Witnessed:

  • One day, while walking toward my car in the parking lot of the store I work in, I heard ear-piercing screams. Thinking the worst, I looked to see what the trouble was. Standing beside her SUV was a young woman, conducting a violent argument on her cell phone--apparently with her ex--over child support. The woman alternated between hollering and breaking into ear-piercing screams while frantically waving her arms. I felt so sorry for the poor baby in the car seat, who was screaming, too.
  • While working my job in retail, I was mixing paint for a customer, when I heard someone shouting. I looked around to see who the culprit was. It was an enraged woman--practically frothing at the mouth--taking long strides while clutching a cell phone to her ear, cussing out the party on the other end. She had no qualms about using the "F" word, repeatedly spewing out the four-letter-word for all to hear.
  • One day, after working hard at our jobs all week, my husband & I decided to relax with a pleasant evening out, so we went to a nice restaurant--FORGET THAT IDEA! The next thing you know, a young man two tables down begins conducting a loud cell phone argument with his mother. He proceeds to cuss her out, and hangs up the phone. "Good! Now we can eat in peace!" I thought.--WRONG! The man's mother calls him back, and it starts all over again!
  • Several times, while utilizing the public restroom at work, I have encountered women answering their cell phones while doing their business. All I have to say is, have people totally lost their minds?
  • While working my former job in the pet department of a department store, I once had a man interrupt me while I stocked, requesting that I catch some tropical fish for him. It was a very busy day, and I had a ton of work to do. While I stood there waiting to see what kind of fish he wanted, he proceeded to put me on hold while he answered his cell phone. The man got into a heated argument with the other party (apparently his ex) over visitation rights and child support. After ten minutes of waiting, I threw up my hands and walked off.

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Cell Phone Bra-Talker Takes the Cake!

One day, while working my usual job running a cash register, I noticed a young girl on the register to the left of me moving her mouth and talking down into her cleavage. "What a weird girl!," I thought. It was a very slow day, and there wasn't anyone around at the time, so I wondered what was up.

Later on, while passing by her to take some items to the service desk, I heard her voice (still with no one around), then I heard a masculine voice reply to her--and it was coming out of her bra!

That's right, folks--she had her cell phone, which was set on speaker phone, down in her bra so she could secretly talk to her boyfriend while working! Talk about cell phone addiction!

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Woman's Dog Almost Becomes Road Kill While She Gabs on Cell Phone

While driving home from work the other day, I saw a woman on a cell phone walking along the side of the road, involved in an apparently "fascinating" conversation while her dog trotted along beside her.

I had a feeling that the dog might come toward the road, so I slowed down. My intuition was right: the dog began coming across the road, so I quickly hit the brakes. I sat there in my car with this dog plopped down in front of me--I had a long day at work, and I wanted to go home!--apparently the dog had other ideas. I honked my horn several times to get rid of the mangy mongrel, who trotted back to its owner, and, hopefully, out of harm's way.

The dog's owner was so hypnotized in conversation, that she never once looked away, even when I honked. She will never know just how close her dog came to being road kill (Lucky for her that I wasn't distracted by my cell phone!). Just another example of the danger of cell phone distraction!


Dingy Cell Phone Addict Loses Her Job Over Non-Stop Cell Phone Use

A few years ago, a greeting card vendor at my store (I work for a retail giant) lost her job over her cell phone addiction. Even while "working," this woman simply could not put her cell phone away. Every time I saw her, she had a cell phone "riveted" to her ear. Whenever I overheard her conversations, she sounded like a giggly thirteen-year-old flirting with her boyfriend.

Because of my job at the time, I had the "pleasure" of seeing this woman almost every day in the stockroom, and also out on the floor by the greeting card racks. While in the stockroom, instead of dealing with her vast inventory of cards, the woman would walk around in circles while talking on the phone and gesturing, as if the person listening on the other end could see her. Rarely would I see her perform any small inkling of her job, and when she did, it consisted of briefly looking inside a box, only to stop so she could resume her much more important mission of walking, talking, and flirting.

While "working" out on the sales floor, the woman continued to talk on the cell phone when she should have been stocking new cards on the shelves, removing old ones, and setting up holiday displays.

It didn't take the greeting card company long to realize that no work was getting accomplished, so they cut the cell phone addict vendor's hours back to a ridiculous schedule (something like two or three hours a week) so she would get fed up and quit. Then they gave the part-time vendor (who did a very good job, by the way) the cell phone addict vendor's schedule. The cell-phone addict vendor predictably quit, and the former part-time vendor has been doing a great job ever since--and never once have I seen her with a cell phone while working.

Join the Fight! What do you think? Are Cell Phones a Nuisance?

Middle of the Road

Definitely not a great item in shops and centers. Accidents are caused and people get killed while drivers are busy on phones or while texting while driving. They are harshly dealt with by the law. I think many just want others to know they are not alone in this world and that someone cares enough to ring them. It's frightening when they scream and yell over the phone. I'm with you on this one. Well done!

Cell phones are like pacifiers for grown ups.

Yes and no
. It depends which way you see it

Yes I agree with you. Teenagers have used their phones to watch porn and naked girlfriends.
Blonde Blythe: 

I wish cell phones had never been invented!

Some people can be really irresponsible, but I wouldn't want to be without them.
Sukkran Trichy: All the latest technologies we have make significant advancements to individual lives, even though, yes, there are intricacies and misuses as, well.

I agree the technology can be abused. However, the key to better sanity is not to rid ourselves of the technology, but to teach polite, responsible use, starting in childhood and modeling it ourselves
Squidviews: *Applause* I cannot stand inconsiderate people screaming into cellphones. 
Is it just me or do people speak louder when they are on one? I don't want to hear about your life! I don't know you mmmk!? 
As for texting with your head down while walking in a public place... don't get me started.

No, it really depends on an individual and how he uses it. If you use it properly, it's a blessing. But misuse can become a nuisance leading to wastage of time & money.
Cynthia Davis : 
I couldn't agree with you more on this issue. Cell phone usage in public or in a car just proves bad manners and creates a detached society in general.
Cynthia Sylvestermouse: I don't normally care what other people do, but I do get annoyed by people on cell phones who don't seem to realize they are being inconsiderate of the people physically around them.
Bellezza-Decor : 
Yes, and the monkey's using them are too!
Virginia Allain: 
I've seen it happen in the post office where someone was too busy chatting on their phone to take their turn being served. The long line of people behind the chatty one was fuming.

I've finally decided that my cell phone needs to take up permanent residence at the bottom of my pond. Call me on my business line or call me on my house line. If I don't answer either of them, I'm outside, busy or both. On top of that, I never, ever could understand how people carry on a conversation with their thumbs ...

Yes, too many people misuse them

Yes! You realize that when you leave your cell phone at home for a whole day and go around watching other people :)

I say amen to that! While I agree they can be a great asset in an emergency, like anything else, inconsiderate people abuse and misuse these devices. They are a public hazard when used behind the wheel.
They are a public nuisance!
Definitely. In some countries it's not that bad (e.g. New Zealand) but in developing countries (e.g. India) I can't stand it. I consider the cellphone the worst invention man has made, after the nuclear bomb.
Teri Villars: 

Absolutely - Not only are they a nuisance, they have turned the younger generations "X" and "Millenials" into mutants lacking social graces. If you think FB or Twitter is social, it is much more different than saying "thank you" in the check out line at the grocery or using any kind of social pleasantries that I was raised to use. It is scary to see all of the politeness and social etiquette going out the door because people can't get their face off of a cell phone. We used to have a phone and later an answering machine. If it was someone trying to get in touch with you, you could get the message when you got home. Now, it has become such a necessity to some, it is pathetic.

I long for the days when I was unreachable. I'm with you all the way. My cell phone is necessary as I have a 94 year old mother, but I still hate it (the phone, not my mother...).
Tony Payne: 

Definitely they are if they are not used sensibly. I have a section about cell phones on my pet peeves lens.
Yes they are a TOTAL nuisance... I hate them when they're used in public places.
Absolutely agree! I remember back before cell phones when someone ....:::::buzzzz:::::.....:::::buzzz::::.... Opps excuse me, I have to take this call!

It's the endless text messaging I don't get. People think it's perfectly acceptable to do it in restaurants. I was just at a memorial service and the Pastor had to make the "please turn off your cell phones" announcement. Pretty sad.
Anthony Godinho: 

Well, I think it's the way people use their cell phones is a nuisance. It's like proper manners or etiquette. This world is becoming too fast-paced and people are having a tough time catching up.
 That customer was inconsiderate as hell! I mean, REALLY? Unbelievable! Great lens, and so true! All of it! :)

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According to Wikipedia, "Sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages, primarily between mobile phones. The term was first popularized in the early 21st century, and is a portmanteau of sex and texting, where the latter is meant in the wide sense of sending a text possibly with images."

Employees Fired For Sexting in the Workplace

A few years ago, at the retail chain where I work, three people were involved in a sexting incident. It started off with an employee sending a humorous sexually explicit photo as a joke to a co-worker. The co-worker, in turn, sent it to a female associate, who, to put it lightly, was not amused. She immediately reported it to management, who terminated the two offenders with no chance of rehire. I haven't seen them set foot in the store since.

Watch, Listen, and Learn. . . .

Watch & Learn - But please turn off your cell phone first! :)

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In my job as a cashier, I meet and converse with lots of people. Just recently, a customer told me she had just gotten a job at McDonald's, but she was already thinking about quitting. When I asked her why, she said that all the cooks, and even the supervisor, are using cell phones while preparing and cooking food, and they expect her (the newbie) to cover their butts by taking up the slack.

Can you imagine? When preparing and cooking food, one's hands should be clean; these people are handling germy cell phones then touching our food!, a subsidiary of ABC, recently reported some alarming findings: "tens of thousands of bacteria live on each square inch of a phone, including Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), which can cause pimples or boils, and even pneumonia and meningitis."

Hard to believe, but cell phone handsets are more contaminated than toilets!


Cell Phone Humor

"Please Turn Off Cell Phones" poster by Fred May
"Please Turn Off Cell Phones" poster by Fred May | Source
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