Shall we continue this later? I've got a call waiting.

@gxnfly (1147)
China
May 5, 2008 8:12pm CST
OK.Here is the situation.You are talking with someone on the phone,maybe a close friend or just an all right friend,or even someone you are not familiar with.You really want to end the conversation,but that person just keep talking and talking with no sign of a closure. What would you do?Would you just be patient and keep listening him nagging?Or would you just make an excuse such as,"I've really got to go, I'll get back to you when I get the office.";"Sorry, I must end the conversation. There's someone on the other line."? Would that be rude if you say,"Sorry, it's getting late. Can you call again tomorrow morning?" Or do you have a better way to make that person think that you really got to go without being unpolite?
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
6 May 08
I would just telll them that I have to go. I have work to do. I hate talking on the telephone anyway. I have dialup internet service and I lose money by hanging on the phone. I like for them to just tell me what they want and get off of there.
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@qdietz (244)
• United States
6 May 08
I tend to be the I have to go type of person. I do not mind listening to a person talking on the phone as long as i listen and talk to them hands free (earphones, it works wonders I tell you). I just find long phone conversation useless or close to useless (most of the time) as I can talk to a friend with instant messaging and multi task on the side quite easily.
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• United States
6 May 08
I'm always the one to end the conversation, mostly because the other person won't shut up. I usually just lie, which is kinda bad, and say that I need to do something or I have to be somewhere. Proper phone etiquette is kind of hard to do nowadays, so I pretty much forget all about them.
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• India
11 May 08
I think , telling him/her that ' some one is other line is better ." Thanks !!!
@littleowl (7157)
10 May 08
Hi Gxnfly-I have a friend like that and say virtually all of whatyou have stated but it does annoy me when they don't take the suttle hint-in the end I say I'm using my mobile and the batery is going flat if nothing else works that uually ends the conversation!-littleowl
@vaishalik (237)
• India
7 May 08
Depends on the conversation or the person. If it is really important we must continue. Or just say some guests are there or something like that. Or say there is other call. (land line or mobile depends)
@vera0571 (166)
• China
7 May 08
it depends.if the person really need to share his experience which may hard to him or sad to him.i think i will continue this conversation.because a listener is needed for him whatever this context is important or not.if the conversition is just no any sence,i think i will find an excuse to close it.
• United States
7 May 08
Oh boy do I know that one LOL there is a couple of people that do that to me they keep going and going and going. I am not the one to be rude so I try to be nice and listen and respond to what they have to say. Eventually I just say "I have to go and I'll catch up w/ you later" I try not say I will talk to you tomorrow for if I don't do as I said then they come back at me and say "You said you were going to call me back tomorrow you never did why?" I really don't like chatting on the phone especially when I am in the middle of something.
@shmeedia (1045)
• Canada
6 May 08
how about saying 'look i don't want to be rude, but i really have to go to the bathroom. i can't hold it any longer' :)
@Pitgull (1522)
• United States
6 May 08
Don't make plans for when you'll talk again, if you know the person, they know you. Regardless of how familiar with you they are, you are still you. If you don't want to be on the phone, I'll honestly tell people what it is I'm going to go do. If you want to get off the phone, to use your computer or something, just let them know, hey, it's been nice talking to you, but I'm going to go do this. Don't say you don't want to talk to them, just let them know you are done. With all this technology, and so many people just using their phones because they have them, you don't have to come up with excuses. You're just trying to live your life.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
6 May 08
I usually just tell them I have to go that I have something to do. This is usually the truth. I often have housework, yardwork, etc to do.
@property (453)
• United States
6 May 08
Ok... I may be a jerk, but there are a few people whom I get stuck on the phone with. The repeat offenders I call at inoportune times and "won't take the hint" to hang up. I figure a taste of their own medicine might go along way. Is that mean? I'll hear door bells and offer to hang on, Spouces calling from other rooms and comment that the spouce is naggy. All the while trying to hide the laughter in my voice, thinking..hehe..thats what you get for not letting me go last night when the baby was crying and I was trying to say goodbye and console the little one at the same time! Usually, it will be awhile before they call me again. :)
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
6 May 08
It depends on what time of the day it is. If it is early evening I might say that I am in the middle of making dinner and I need both my hands. If it is morning, I might say I need to hop into the shower and get my day started. If it is afternoon, I might pretend to receive another call or I might just say I have to go run some errands. If I am at work, I will just say there is another call, and, since I can use either my cell or my work phone to dial out, I will just quietly dial whichever phone I am on and they will know if I have another call either by hearing another line on the office phone ring (I am the administrative assistant so I have to answer the office phone) or they might hear the vacuum sound when my cell has a call waiting. Sometimes, I will just say, "I really hate to cut this short but I have got to get going." You should really never have to come up with an excuse to get off the phone. We all have lives and we shouldn't never have to make excuses for living our lives.
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
6 May 08
I have experience this for several time and I always make an excuse to cut him/her off! Like, I have a call waiting or let me check outside, It seems that someone is there, I will give you a call later, or I need to go for a minute, I really want to pee...
@gemini_rose (16192)
6 May 08
I would just be as polite as I could and finish the call off as nicely as I could, but with me I am not one for wanting to get off the phone and always end up talking for hours. Usually the only thing that gets me off the phone is the fact that I am always bursting for a wee wee, so I have to get off or else otherwise I would wet myself.
@lingli_78 (12836)
• Australia
6 May 08
i am usually an honest person... i will tell them honestly what i want to do and i just end the conversation... i don't feel bad or anything because i had to have priorities... it is a different situation if the person is in need or in trouble... then i will sacrifice my time and listen to the person until he or she feels better and hangs up... i just feel bad if i hang up on a person who is having a trouble as i don't want other people to do that to me as well... take care and have a nice day...
@kun2349 (23464)
• Singapore
6 May 08
If it's someone who's close to me, i will tell them i will call them back shortly again.. But most of the time i wun, instead, i will text them.. LOL If it's someone whom i'm not very familiarized with, i will just put the phone 1 side and let the other party talk, while i do my things.. After few minutes, i will go back to the phone and see if they are still talking to themselves.. LOL ^_^ Or i will just appear to be not concentrating on the conversation, and soon they will hang up.. hehe
@sang88 (5)
• India
6 May 08
I'll cut the conversation if I got something better to do, then its always, hey my boss wants me attend a meeting or there's someone at the door,so.... I gotta go.....will call you real soon....
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
6 May 08
I generally say that I have to go, and that I will talk to them later.
@whiteheron (4223)
• United States
6 May 08
I have one friend who talks and talks and talks often does not ask anything from me until she is finished talking... It is a "I did this, then I did this, she said this, and she did this, I did this,etc." I often do not know who the shes are. It is sometimes a wee bit frustrating because it lasts and lasts. I must admit that sometimes I have put the phone down,did something, and returned to the phone to find that she was still talking. Yet she is a good friend. I try to be polite yet if I have to go, I have to go. I tell her the truth. I need to... and then I do what I said I was going to do whether that is to focus on something on the computer that I need to do, or to get some more sleep, run an errand or to answer a call... I am honest with her and do make times at other times to be more present to her.