Cell phone usage in restaurants

21 08 2007

One of my tech writer friends posted this today on a list we both frequent

“…if we are out enjoying a lovely dinner and someone’s phone rings, that person will check the caller ID and then immediately silence the phone. We all show respect towards one another….”

My response:

Ummm… Am I the only one who sees something wrong in this? Personally, I’d turn OFF the phone as soon as I got to the restaurant and all the parties had arrived. I *may* leave it on if someone in the group hadn’t turned up or was running late, just in case I needed to call them or vice versa (“Where are you?”). But as soon as everyone is there, the phone goes OFF. Period. Is that just me?

What do you think?