Telephone Etiquette, What Are Your Pet Peeves?

@Rozie37 (15499)
Turkmenistan
July 7, 2007 12:28am CST
1. I do not like it when someone answers their phone while still speaking to someone else in the room. 2. I do not like it when people yell at their children while talking on the phone. 3. I do not like it when people are eating while talking on the phone. If you are eating, call me back when you are done. 4. I do not like it when the television or stereo is blaring in the background. This tells me that more than likely you are not listening to me. 5. I do not like to be put on hold and forgot about. 6. I do not like to be called collect, without my permission. 7. I do not like when people use my phone without permission. 8. I do not like when people are talking to others on my answering machine. 9. I do not like it when people allow their children to laugh, play, cry, or be in any way disruptive, unless it is an emergency, while they are talking to me. 10. I don't like it when parents put their kids who can't yet talk on the phone and tell them to say hi to me and all I can hear is heavy breathing for like five minutes. 11. I don't like it when I say that I am ready to get off the phone and people keep talking like they do not hear me. 12. I hate when people call me and have nothing to say, but expect me to carry the conversation. I love to talk on the phone. I always have, but a phone conversation is never enjoyable if people don't adhere to proper etiquette. I know that there are so many more, but I can only think of a few more. But I will let you guys share what bothers you, is there anything?
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
7 Jul 07
haha most of what you said I actually do while on the phone LMAO. It sounds like I have bad manners on the phone - and I will admit I do. You won't like it then if I called you and my son was in the background trying to talk to me while on the phone (he is learning though), when the tv is on loud because my son is watching it LOL, I usually have to go into the room so you can hear me LOL. I use to put my son on the phone when he was little especially if he could say one word, just so my family and friends could hear him, they talk away like they know he understands, sometimes he would say a few sounds and thats about it LOL Oh nooo you and I would not get along on the phone LOL I wonder if we would in person though LOL
@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
7 Jul 07
I would definitely have to block your number,LOL. No, these are the things that happen to me all the time when I am on the phone. Now, no one person does them all, but everyone I know does at least one. I can deal with most of it though, I just prefer not to.
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@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
17 Jul 07
Thanks for best response Rozie. I did think of one that I don't like which happened the other day with my neighbor. As soon as I picked up the phone to say Hello, she coughed and sneezed right into it...dang near hurt my ears! I must admit i did not like that one bit. And she didn't even apologise!
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
7 Jul 07
Well, that just about covers it. With that kind of a list, I wonder how often you get a call that doesn't have one of these occur?....lol I agree with most of them for sure.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
7 Jul 07
I promise you, every time I talk on the phone, I get at least one, but it is not bad. I was just amazed at how many I came up with and there were actually more, but aren't you glad I didn't keep going?
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• United States
8 Jul 07
1. People who do not watch their kids in public. I walk with a cane and have almost been knocked down by kids running public because they are running and mom or dad is not watching them 2. Parents who let their kids run through parking lots espically busy parking lots while they are on the cell phone 3. People who think they know it all. My twin sister is a know it all she thinks she can do eveything or she can tell me how to do everything including this week she told me how to insulate my home. Ya in this 109degree heat. 4. People who play games to get with they want 5. People who feel they are entitled to more than everyone else. 6. Impatient and rude people. 7. People who will not listen to you. I have a friend who is so unsetting at times. She does not get it when I tell her something. She insistes it is different when it is something in my life in my home. She is not here all the time how would she know. 8. Litter bugs, and wasteful people
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@Flight84 (3050)
• United States
8 Jul 07
I think I share all of those pet peeves too. Literally. I wouldn't have thought about having all of those until now. Good discussion topic!
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