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Restaurant owners should ban cell phones from their establishments
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w8in
Feb 04, 2007
12 votes
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Yes, cell phones in public are annoying


jjalsop
Feb 04, 2007
1 convinced
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Emergencies only.

I'm so sick of that one asshole in a restaurant saying:

"Dude, can you give me a lift? Can you hear me? Can you give me a lift? Can, can you hear me? Can you give me a lift?"

 
w8in
Feb 04, 2007
1 convinced
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Rebuttal to: malachovsky

You're being ridiculous, with your "they're taking our freedom away".

All we're talking about here is business owners taking steps to make their paying guests have a more enjoyable experience.

 
w8in
Feb 04, 2007
0 convinced
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Nextel users are the most annoying. Why do they think I want to hear their full conversations including annoying beeps during my lunch/dinner?

 
vancam
Feb 04, 2007
0 convinced
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It's a matter of curtesy and class. The places I frequent would consider it unthinkable in England but when I am in the states I am always shocked by the amount of phone calls being answered during meals.

 
thales
Feb 04, 2007
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Rebuttal to: malachovsky

Eating out is a luxury and a purely voluntary activity. I hardly think that asking patrons to maintain basic standards of decency qualifies as limiting freedom in this context.

If someone's job requires them to be on-call, phones and pagers all come with a vibrate setting. If people can't manage to find that setting and use it appropriately, then they are too stupid to be sitting next to me in a restaurant.

 
jjalsop
Feb 06, 2007
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Rebuttal to: thomasa93

Well then obviously each restaurant would have to judge that depending on the situation.

But if someone is sitting there and it's obviously not an emergency, we should definitely be able to give them a good old fashioned "shut the f**k up."

 
johncenasgirly
Apr 06, 2007
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It wouldn't be so bad if people knew how to talk quietly but the real problem is the fact that when people get on a cell phone they tend to raise their voices and think that they have to scream. Just tonight I was at dinner and the lady sitting next to me was talking about rather personaly issues that I didn't want to hear while eatting but yet she felt the need to tell whoever she was on the phone with all the details of a rather gross issue. At least excuse yourself from the table and go to the lobby to talk on a cell phone or better yet go outside.

 
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No, I should have the freedom to make a call


thomasa93
Feb 04, 2007
2 convinced
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Rebuttal to: jjalsop

I agree that they should be allowed in emergencies only, but who is to determine what an "emergency" is?

After all, perception is reality...

 
malachovsky
Feb 04, 2007
0 convinced
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yeah sure why not, it seams to be the trend to diminish the few freedoms we have left. next why dont we say that a doctors pager should be banned too, and then we can move on to banning trans fats, oh wait. already got that one, well then lets ban red heads too because they really annoy me!

 


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