Please Turn Off Cell Phones!

@worldwise1 (14887)
United States
October 7, 2008 1:38pm CST
As I walked into my doctor's office today my eyes were immediately drawn to a prominent sign that said: Please turn off cell phones! Well, I did not see anyone disregarding the sign in the short time it took for me to be called back to the examining room. After my examination I had a longer wait for my ride, and I couldn't help but notice that people were blatantly disregarding the sign as they entered the office. One guy was already talking into his cell as he came in and he kept up the conversation for a good ten minutes or so. A woman who sat across from me immediately took out her phone and proceeded to get into a lengthy conversation. A couple of teen girls took their seats and one of them immediately phoned someone and started a conversation. As I'm taking all of this in I'm thinking to myself, Can these people not read?" Why do you think people so readily break the rules regarding the use of cell phones in public places? From what I was able to glean from each of the conversations none of them were of an emergency nature -just chit-chat.
4 responses
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Probably because people don't have any respect for other people. Thats why they leave them on in the movie theater, in the post office and in the doctors office. What they don't realize is that in places like the doctors office--the signal that the cell phone gives out could interfere with medical equipment so it is just not a courtesy to turn off the phone it is a necessity.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Yes, Aurone, I think people are stupid that way.
@jonesy123 (3949)
• United States
7 Oct 08
Because nobody enforces them. I have been in the hospital and there are signs there not to use the cell phone because it could have a negative effect on the devices they use in the hospital. Well, law and behold, all my doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, you name it, they all carried a cell and used it to call each other or home or whoever.... It's like people are glued to that device anyway. I will never understand the need to constantly chat on the phone...
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
7 Oct 08
I fully agree with you, jonesy! I have watched closely the increase of cell phone usage over the past several years and it seems like people have become addicted to these gadgets. I, for one, don't care to have anyone gain instant access to me at any given moment of the day.
@rainmark (4302)
8 Oct 08
Lots of people are really hard-headed, strong -willed to follow simple signs. When i see those signs to switch off the mobile, i really do it. Coz i wanted to be a good follower of the rules. Those people maybe dont care and myabe they don't bothered to follow it. If there's someone to tell them to switch it off they maybe get embarrassed. happy posting.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Some people don't pay attention to signs and some don't care. I work at a snackbar at a golf course. It happens often that a customer comes to order something and he/she is on the phone. They are the first in line and everyone else has to wait until this person orders what they want. Usually they continue to talk on the phone. My theory is this is rude since others are waiting to order while this person continues to talk. Or they say they want a soda but don't specify what kind. Then I have to interrupt their conversation to ask what kind of soda they want and what size. I suppose the order of importance is to continue to talk and forget about others around them. I do find this to be annoying but there is nothing I can do about it without being rude myself. I won't act like that in a public place where I am working.