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?


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22 08 2007
Kirsty

I would keep my phone on. Not just because I’d potentially have the 10mth old rug rat at home and any manner of emergencies could happen, but also because I rarely get called on it. It’d be pretty odd for me to actually get a call during the dinner, and if I did, and didn’t know the caller, I’d press the Cancel button. I think that hangs up on them, but if they are really desperate to talk to me, they’d call back (and I might’ve put my phone on silent by then).

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