Denise Day Spencer

November 1, 2007

No shame

Filed under: Random ramblings — denisedayspencer @ 6:41 pm

I know they say that the older a person gets, the more difficult it is for him/her to adjust to change of any sort. May I just say that there are some things I can’t get used to and don’t even want to get used to–and I don’t think it has a darn thing to do with my age, thank you very much.

Oh, you want a “for instance?” O.K. How about people talking on cell phones in the stalls of public restrooms? For starters, it’s just plain creepy. I’ll be sitting there, keeping my thoughts to myself, when in comes some perky young thing. She enters the stall next to mine and calls out a cheery “Hi!” So I think she’s talking to me, of course. Why is this complete stranger saying “Hi” to me? We’ve never even seen each other before–and, come to think of it, we’re still not seeing one another now.

As all of this is running through my mind in a fraction of a second and I’m opening my mouth to perhaps utter a tentative, “Hello?” Miss Perky continues. It’s then that I realize she’s talking into her cell phone…or Bluetooth…or iPhone…or Rayzor…or Blackberry…or WHATEVER in the heck she has.

Now we’re in a restroom, right? So there are the sounds of business being done, which could be pretty bad, depending on the agenda of the meeting. After that comes the sound of flushing. Do you know how loud most public restroom flushes are? There’s going to be no way for the caller to disguise the fact that she’s in a restroom.

But wait! She isn’t even trying to disguise it. The other night this happened to me. The gal began her conversation and then announced, “Hang on just a minute. I’m peein!'” I wanted to yell, “Have you no shame!?”–but the answer was all too obvious.

I’m sure I’m not the first person to note that cell phones have taken people out of really living life and into constantly narrating their moment-by-moment experiences to the voice at the other end of the invisible line. But does Buffy really need to know when I’m peein’?

Oh, well. I think I’ve learned my lesson. The next time a total stranger starts rambling through the wall of a restroom stall, mum’s the word for me. But you can be sure I’m going to flush as loudly as possible.



  1. […] Denise blogs evidence that we’ve gone too far with the cell phone thing. Got any similar stories? Posted by: Michael Spencer @ 10:36 pm | Trackback | Permalink […]

    Pingback by The Boar’s Head Tavern » We’ve gone too far — November 1, 2007 @ 8:36 pm | Reply

  2. A fellow in my office building does text messaging from the stall. That is wrong in so many ways. Loud flushes are no deterrent to text messaging.

    Comment by BrianW — November 1, 2007 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

  3. I remember the first time I heard someone talking on the cell phone in a public restroom. I hear someone talking in the stall and I think, OMG, he’s got someone else in there and no telling what they’re doing! It took a couple of moments before I realized he was talking on a cell phone!

    Comment by Tom Hinkle — November 1, 2007 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

  4. I heard a guy submit to a JOB INTERVIEW on the cell phone while in a bathroom stall. Man, oh, man. What have we come to?

    Comment by Richard — November 2, 2007 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  5. hum- people share their lives with eachother on the phone!

    Comment by شکوفه — November 3, 2007 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

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