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Do you speak up when you see some one being an idiot?

 
 
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2005 02:24 pm
Slappy Doo Hoo wrote:
I'm not saying YOU'RE ridiculous, I think it would be to ban cell phone use in all public places, like they did cigarettes, guns, and crack whores. I know they can be annoying in certain places, but why ban them in bars, shopping malls, ect? If the place you're at is supposed to be quiet, then talking on a phone makes you an ignoramous.


Well, why the hell aren't you saying that I'm ridiculous? I work hard at it, y'know. Smile
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Slappy Doo Hoo
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2005 02:53 pm
Because you're moronic, not ridiculous.

Big difference. (I'd put a smiley face, but I'm not gay, that's how insecure in my sexuality I am. Wait, I'm not insecure. I LIKE FOOTBALL! AND CHICKS!).
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CodeBorg
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2005 03:42 pm
Wait! Wait . . . damn. Is somebody being an idiot?
Somebody . . . is THIS it, somewhere on here?

Aw, please tell me. I need to know how to see idiots.

People always seem so smart in really weird ways.
I'm such a moron.

What IS an idiot?
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Montana
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2005 07:25 pm
Linkat wrote:
I have a suggestion Montana - next time your neighbor's dog craps on your lawn - scoop it up and deposit it on your front step. Hopefully she will get the message.


Sounds like a plan, but what if she doesn't happen to see her dogs poop on my front steps? Laughing
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Montana
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2005 07:28 pm
I don't have a problem at all with people using cell phones anywhere, except for those quiet places Slappy mentioned and while driving.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 20 Apr, 2005 09:25 pm
Slappy Doo Hoo wrote:
Because you're moronic, not ridiculous.

Big difference. (I'd put a smiley face, but I'm not gay, that's how insecure in my sexuality I am. Wait, I'm not insecure. I LIKE FOOTBALL! AND CHICKS!).


Sheesh. Rock Hudson liked football and pretended to like chicks. Even Doris Day thought he was all right.
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material girl
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 03:32 am
Next time a dog owner leaves dog poop go up to them, drop yuor trousers,squat and push.
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 04:17 am
material girl wrote:
Next time a dog owner leaves dog poop go up to them, drop yuor trousers,squat and push.


Or make a big wooden sign saying "The dog who lives next door deposited this turd", and place it in your lawn accordingly.
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Lord Ellpus
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 04:29 am
Slappy Doo Hoo wrote:
I'm not saying YOU'RE ridiculous, I think it would be to ban cell phone use in all public places, like they did cigarettes, guns, and crack whores. I know they can be annoying in certain places, but why ban them in bars, shopping malls, ect? If the place you're at is supposed to be quiet, then talking on a phone makes you an ignoramous.


Talking on the phone is fine, but unfortunately nearly everyone that uses a mobile has to shout, or at least talk very loudly.
They should invent a volume control for the earpiece, so that people could talk quietly and not intrude into other peoples lives so much.
If a volume control HAS been invented, it should be used.

From the conversations that I have been forced to overhear, I would estimate that 75% are absolute drivel, and exactly like the very clever scenario that Codeburg described.
I call those conversations the "Yeah but, no but" syndrome.

I am always amazed at the personal stuff that is divulged. I once sat on a packed train while a young woman was telling us all about her messy period.
Whatever happened to personal space and discretion.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 05:15 am
Even more bizarre, Lord Ellpus, I once overheard a drug deal going down while riding a streetcar. It was a moment of total unreality. How could the speaker be so sure that one of us eavesdroppers was not a narc?
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nimh
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 06:16 am
Trains. At least ban cell phones on trains.

Actually, I think they've started to introduce cellphone-free compartments here ... (or re-introduce, in fact, because I remember the "silence compartments" of old, picture of a man reading on the window). Though I doubt anyone's policing.

In any case they must be the single most annoying thing possible about train travel. Worse even than crying babies.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 09:55 am
...and they're thinking of allowing cell phones on planes now <sigh>

It's bad enough that everyone pulls out their cell phone
as soon as the plane hits the ground, but in the air, I wouldn't
like to hear the constant ringing and talking.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 10:00 am
Did you guys see the article about "cellphonies" or something? People who are not actually talking to anyone, just pretending to. Various reasons -- avoiding a customer, seeming popular, and at least one that made sense to me, a woman who was being followed at night by a group of men and started talking to her "boyfriend" saying things like "see you in a few minutes". (The article didn't say if it worked or not, presumably yes.)

But evidently this is a thing. Some professor does surveys of his students and in one class 25% of them said they did it, which seemed high (talking on their cellphone to nobody) and then in another class the figure was something like 75%. Shocked I mean tiny-to-meaningless sample, but still...
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sozobe
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 10:02 am
Here we go:

http://www.al.com/living/birminghamnews/index.ssf?/base/living/1113902369208620.xml

Quote:
The cashier had already rung up Keri Wooster's items when Wooster realized she didn't have her wallet. She dashed to her car and returned empty-handed to face the line of fidgeting customers she had kept waiting, a cell phone pressed to her ear.

"Jordan, did you take my wallet out of my purse?" she asked in parental exasperation, as she made her way back to the checkout counter. "I'm holding up this line! You need to put things back where you find them."

Wooster, who has no children, was not actually talking to a Jordan, or indeed to anyone at all. But her monologue served its purpose, eliciting sympathetic looks from the frustrated crowd at her local Wal-Mart.

"My instincts just took over," Wooster, 28, who lives in Houston, said later. "Everyone was like, `Oh, kids.'"

Wooster is by no means alone in the practice of cell phone subterfuge. As cellular phone conversations have permeated public space, so, it seems, have fake cellular phone conversations.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 10:21 am
Good point sozobe!

Usually it is the other way around though: You're standing
in line at the cashier and the phone rings. There are
plenty of clerks around, yet your cashier picks up the
phone. Someone on the other end is inquiring about
a product they might or might not carry. From there,
a lengthy conversation starts while we the actual paying
customers have to wait until the cashier has finished talking
to a non paying customer.

I've experienced that so many times already, that by now I
get ticked off and tell the cashier to attend to her/his
paying customers first, before answering questions on the phone.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 10:30 am
sozobe - I have actually done that pretend I am talking to some one. I was going out to my car and it was dark and saw a suspicious character and did similar to that other woman - just for safety.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 10:40 am
I have a panic button on my car keys, but wouldn't it be
nice if they had one for cell phones too?
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 10:58 am
material girl wrote:
Next time a dog owner leaves dog poop go up to them, drop yuor trousers,squat and push.


Laughing

The only reason why I haven't said anything is because the womans husband is my mothers cousin and they are nice people, but one of these days after a bad day I'm gonna see their dog squatting on our lawn and I'm not gonna be able to bite my tongue. It's just plain rude to let your dog do its business on other peoples property.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 11:52 am
Since you don't want to upset the family, Montana, keep an eye out for the dog and next time just as he is getting ready to squat - give him a good swift kick in the butt. If your neighbors can't train him, then you will have to be forced too. A more humane way - might be to squirt him with your hose.
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Montana
 
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Reply Thu 21 Apr, 2005 03:33 pm
Thanks for the advice Linkat, but she's always walking the dog when he decides that our yard is a great crapping ground. I was thinking about how to say something without offending her and I know I'll come up with something good. I'll most likely start a conversation about dogs and mention that a friend of mine is upset with her neighbor because her dog keeps crapping on her lawn and I think she'll get the hint. Either that or I'm gonna see it happen when I'm having one of those days and I'll just come right out and ask her if she'd mind not letting her dog crap in our yard. Then I'll tell her I don't mind if he does as long as it's picked up.
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