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Add your annoying tales of the rudest cell phone users in your world! Haven't we all been in the movies, enjoying our tub of popcorn, when the jerk in front of you lets his cell phone ring and ring? And then to your shock and horror, he has the nerve to answer it?! And what about when you are strolling the aisles of Target, having a fine time picking out cotton swabs, when a fellow shopper is practically yelling into your ear on her cell about her sister's roommate's boyfriend's divorce? We have all been there, and the best thing to do when you have a rant is to share it.

How About This One?

Posted By Elfyn on Feb 25, 2011 at 12:34PM

I own a Mail and Parcel shipping store in Southern California. A customer comes in wanting to make a copy, but the copier doesn't seem to be working. I go to help him and find my copier unplugged and a mysterious charger plugged in its place. Note, the person who plugged in their charger had to physically move the copier to get to the electrical outlet. I follow the cord to a customer standing near the front of my store yakking away on his cell phone. When I try to ask him about it he holds up his finger to have me wait while he finishes his conversation. After he finishes his phone call I ask him why he unplugged MY copier to plug in his charger. He said, "Oh I didn't know that was your copier." Really? REALLY!? You just walk into a business and unplug their equipment to plug in your charger without even asking? REALLY!?! Argh!

Posted By mzshaniqua on Jan 7, 2011 at 8:27AM

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Emo Text From Stranger: Respond or Ignore?

Posted By ohhaimom on Jun 25, 2010 at 4:11PM

A few nights ago I received a confusing text from a number I didn't recognize right before I went to sleep. It was on my work phone, so I ignored it — certain it was a drunk dial or mistake. When I woke up, there were a flurry of emotional messages from a dad who seemed to have lost touch with his son and was reaching out to his daughter. It was sad, but I decided to ignore it again. Then, at 9:20 am, when I was settled at my desk and working away, he texted "Be smart! Use your head!" I felt compelled to reply back because his tone was so bizarre and I didn't want him thinking he daughter was ignoring him, but then immediately regretted engaging in the mess. So, I'm wondering, do you guys reply back when you get odd texts from strangers?

HELP ME - My 19 yoa son versus by 48yoa husband!!!

Posted By corporalsharin on Apr 10, 2010 at 8:18PM

My son and husband are at verbal war!  In fact, they almost came to physicalities right before my eyes in our home last night!  To keep the peace I had to make my 19 yoa son leave to go to a friend's for a LONG cool down period.  My son ( correction - stepson that I love like a real son) is basically a good kid.  He was raised by his grandparents and is experiencing "spreading his wings"  so comes to stay with us occasionally.  And, of course there are other issues that I won't get into.  But, the main issue is this excessive cell phone use/texting/MySpace/Facebook activities.  He has taken to "stretching" truths....making up stories....and avoiding family time.  He sleeps too much, he has a P/T job & is always running out of $$$, his grandparents usually end up paying for  his iphone bill.   At 19 yoa I can understand some of these actions...I was 19 yoa once.  But, this is a real serious problem...My husband is a real hothed.  After 24 hours, he does cool down and begins to see better solutions...but it is the first cut that's the deepest.  Any suggestions?...corporalsharin

get off the phone!

Posted By chequettex on Mar 26, 2010 at 9:31AM

Anyone who works in the service industry or face-to-face with the general public will be able to relate to this one: Why do people think it's okay to remain on the phone, in a conversation someone, while they are asking for a service or interacting/doing business with another person (who is a stranger)??? This is a common occurrence for many.

I've worked in a couple of different coffee shops in the past and had the experience of trying to take an order from someone who's on the phone gabbing away. "Oh, yes, Honey, please don't forget-- Oh! yes I'll have a coffee --Honey, don't forget to put the kids'-- What? Oh! Um, a small, I guess -- Ok Honey, sorry, I'm at [coffee shop] don't forget-- Oh! And cream and sugar, please!"

REALLY? You can't finish your call before ordering, or at least put it down long enough to finish the transaction? It is especially frustrating because this is your customer, and you have to be nice to customers or else they won't come back.

Now I work as a receptionist at a visitor check-in security desk for a large building. The people I check in every day may be clients for businesses we have in the building, but they're not my customers, so technically I don't have to be all that nice to them, but I really want to be professional at all times. I'm working perfecting my techniques for dealing with people in a professional manner when they are on the phone or if their phone rings and they answer it while I'm checking them in. Just ignoring someone who's yapping on their phone and trying to give you orders at the same time is not as easy as you might think, but I'm working on it!

If anyone has any tips or tricks for dealing politely with this type of rude person, I'd love to hear them!

Please, Please, Please Put Your Phone Away

Posted By Geek Community on Mar 10, 2010 at 2:30PM

Reader HeyKristen recently posted this rant in the Cell Phone Rant group:

I am a happy and proud iPhone user, and a happy and proud geek, but I have had it with people pulling out their cell phones during conversations, dinner, drinks, or other planned events that do not require the use of a cell phone. Not only is it incredibly rude and off-putting, it's unnecessary and distracting. I live in tech-centric San Francisco, having moved from New York a few months ago, and have noticed this phenomenon in both cities. There were times in New York when I'd look around the table at my five or six friends and our five or six phones on the table and laugh. And then sigh.

It happened again the other night. I was out to dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in ages, and halfway through our conversation, she pulled out her BlackBerry and frowned as it searched for a signal. I stopped talking completely (I felt like my third grade teacher) and waited for her to put the phone down before I finished talking. Seriously? And don't try and camouflage it like you're checking the time, either. I can tell the difference.

Need to vent your cell phone frustrations? You've found the right place! Join the Cell Phone Rant group and give me your best, most annoying tales of the rude cell phone users in your world — your story could be featured on GeekSugar! Here's a detailed guide to posting questions or posts to groups if you are new to the PopSugar Community.

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Please, Please, Please Put Your Phone Away

Posted By HeyKristen on Mar 9, 2010 at 4:37PM

I am a happy and proud iPhone user, and a happy and proud geek, but I have had it with people pulling out their cell phones during conversations, dinner, drinks, or other planned events that do not require the use of a cell phone. Not only is it incredibly rude and off-putting, it's unnecessary and distracting. I live in tech-centric San Francisco, having moved from New York a few months ago, and have noticed this phenomenon in both cities. There were times in New York when I'd look around the table at my five or six friends and our five or six phones on the table and laugh. And then sigh.

It happened again the other night. I was out to dinner with a friend I hadn't seen in ages, and halfway through our conversation, she pulled out her BlackBerry and frowned as it searched for a signal. I stopped talking completely (I felt like my third grade teacher) and waited for her to put the phone down before I finished talking. Seriously?

And don't try and camouflage it like you're checking the time, either. I can tell the difference.

Whew! End rant.

Your Cell Phone is Not a Boom Box!

Posted By kristyrk on Feb 25, 2010 at 12:09PM

I take public transportation to and from work each day, and normally it's a quiet and easy-going experience. However, earlier this week I was heading home and ran into a bit of a snag. It all began when a woman got on the train talking quite loudly on her cell phone. After a few minutes, we headed into a tunnel (which equals no cell service) so she got off the call before she lost reception. I thought things were "back on track" so to speak, until she started blaring a music from her phone! This was an old flip phone — obviously not the best method of listening to your tunes — but she proceeded to let it play, no matter if it was really audible with the noise of the train, or the buzzing and hissing noises that were coming from the speaker from it being turned up too loud. But, you're never going to believe what happened when the person next to her asked her to turn it down!

She began singing along with the track, virtually ignoring her fellow riders request! I was shocked! Besides the fact that there is a rule on our city busses and trains that you have to use headphones when listening to music, this woman showed absolutely no common courtesy to her fellow riders. Lesson to be learned? Don't blast music from your cell phone — it's not a boom box!

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Cell Phones and Restaurants Don't Mix . . . or Do They?

Posted By Tech on Jan 14, 2010 at 7:30AM

A recent blog post by a San Francisco restaurant critic raised some lively debate over whether or not it's OK to put your cell phone on the table next to you at a restaurant. Many find the practice rude, or at the very least, obtrusive when servers are unable to place plates on the table because of too many gadgets. And while most Yum readers called the practice a "don't," I'm curious what you think. Is there ever an appropriate time to leave your phone on the table when dining out? I think if you're at a restaurant to enjoying a meal with someone else, gadgets should stay off the table, but a bar or other social situation might call for different etiquette. Even better, how about adding coat-check style charging stations at restaurants to eliminate the problem all together? That's an idea I could get behind!

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Hugh Jackman Has a Cell Phone Rant — Did You?

Posted By Tech on Nov 12, 2009 at 5:47AM

Last weekend I decided to go to the movies alone. Just me, a small bag of popcorn, and a movie I've been dying to see. A movie that was then interrupted by a ringing cell phone. Seriously? I haven't been to a movie in the past year (at least!) that hasn't featured a "Please silence your cell phones" PSA before it starts. I was in honest disbelief that the phone rang so loudly, and grew angrier when the phone's owner didn't attempt to silence it. Thirty seconds after the ringing stopped and as I tried to re-engage in the movie: "Ding!" a voice mail notification. The audience groaned audibly.

The experience reminded me of a TMZ video I'd seen a few months ago. It features the actors Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in the middle of a performance of their play, A Steady Rain as the show is interrupted by a ringing phone. Hugh (understandably!) went off on a rant, while somehow keeping his composure enough to remain in character. (You can also check out his rant in the second half of this episode of PopSugar Rush).

Do you have a cell phone rant of your own? We have all been there, and the best thing to do when you have a rant is to share it. Join the Cell Phone Rant group and give me your best, most annoying tales of the rude cell phone users in your world — your story could be featured on GeekSugar. Here's a detailed guide to posting questions or posts to groups if you are new to the PopSugar Community.