Don’t Yell on Your Celll

August 5, 2011 at 9:14 am (Uncategorized)


There’s a campaign on public transit that has that phrase, “Don’t Yell on Your Cell”, plastered all over the walls.  There are also frequent recorded announcements made over the intercom on trains and buses encouraging passengers to be considerate of one another when speaking on their phones or listening to electronic devices.  Do you think these messages make any sort of difference whatsoever to the rude and self-absorbed people who frequent these modes of Chicago transit?

Of course not.

You are not adorable.

It seems like this week especially has been a bad one for being surround by strangers yakking on their phones about things no one else cares to listen to.  It began with the guy who was loudly talking about his kid’s birthday party to one of his buddies.  This was on a super packed train during rush hour, a time when most people are quietly trying to relax after a long day at the office.  The Birthday Girl’s father chatted away for probably 15 minutes and kept making really bad jokes about how his friend should get his little girl something really fancy and expensive.  Which was actually a little weird.  No one was laughing.  In fact, we were all rolling our eyes at each other and the girl sitting next to me and I had an entire conversation about how rude this yelling guy was being.  Not a great way to end a Monday.

Besides that, this week I’ve listened to the following cell phone conversations:  some girl on the bus gushing about her new boyfriend and how great it was that he gave her little smiles while he spent hours on his computer; a man on the train asking someone if he had heard anything and then proceeding to talk about how he was being interviewed by some district attorney and might be gone for a while but he’d have the hook up when he was back out; a woman on another train bitching and moaning about some renovations being done to her new home and a lady on the bus describing the entire contents of her lunch that day.  Peas and carrots were included.  Now, I understand that there are some conversations that just can’t wait and that commuting provides ample time for a long chat but every one of these situations involved people who were, quite honestly, practically shouting in their phones on otherwise quiet trains and buses.  And it’s irritating as all get out, hence my venting about it here.  I try to make it a point to not talk on my cell phone while using public transportation because of how obnoxious it is and most people I know do the same.  I suppose this is what I get for not having a car and having the general public as commuting buddies.

Perhaps I’ll spend my weekend looking for a nice pair of headphones…

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