My Cell phone etiquette rules…
Let me preface this with some facts. I am not glued to my cell phone and I am very careful of using it in public. A cell is a tool, not my life line. I’m a grown up and I have my priorities straight.
1. No using a cell phone when it threatens lives. As in while you are driving. I want to ram the cars where I see someone driving erratically because they are trying to do it with a damn phone to their ear. No text either. Cars are 4 ton machines that need your complete attention.
2. No using a cell phone while you are supposed to doing something else, like load your items on a store conveyor It angers me that the rest of us have to wait on you because you can’t cut a call off when it’s your turn at the register. And yes, I’m the bitch that calls you on it in public. I get a cheer from fellow shoppers so I know I’m not alone in this) Do the job, then go chat. Did no one teach you how to be courteous to other human beings?
Which leads me to #3… if you don’t want anyone to hear your conversation, take it outside. I will stop, stare you in the face and listen. The person says, “Hey, this is private!” I say, “And this is public. Deal with it like an adult.” I don’t want to hear your conversation. Ever. On the same vent, I won’t chat on a cell in public.
4. No crass dirty monologue from a TV show as your voice mail. I won’t call you back nor will I leave a message. Let’s be good and not vulgar. Not everything on TV should be repeated ad nauseum.
5. Do NOT answer a text or even check your phone during a conversation with me. I’m a mom and old. I’ll snatch that puppy out of your hand because you obviously don’t know how to hold a conversation and need to go back to grade school.
My advice, teach your children YOUR rules of using a cell phone and if you don’t have them, you should. I will close my tirade with saying Jodi Arias Trial has proven that a cell and its camera should be used with caution.