Crackdown on cell phones on public tr...

Crackdown on cell phones on public transit ignites debate

There are 9 comments on the PhysOrg Weblog story from Apr 17, 2008, titled Crackdown on cell phones on public transit ignites debate. In it, PhysOrg Weblog reports that:

“You really have to wonder what the politicians will think of next”

The world has never been more connected, but in some corners, it's developing a real hang-up over the ubiquitous cell phone. via PhysOrg Weblog

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Since: Mar 08

Atlanta, GA

#1 Apr 17, 2008
Wow. Didn't an European commission just lifted the ban on cellphones on airborne airplanes?
Lance Winslow

Emeryville, CA

#2 Apr 17, 2008
Cell phones need to be regulated when they reach the blastula stage.
Priscila

Sherman Oaks, CA

#3 Apr 17, 2008
I was riding the Amtrak Southwest Chief from Fullerton, CA to Chicago, Il last March 19, 2008 and 3 of the passengers were on their cell phones at the same time for over 20 minutes and it was very irritating because all three of them were talking really loud. I have a cell phone but I try to minimize the conversation and talk as quietly as I could.... Cell phone users should be considerate of people around them... strangers are not interested in their personal conversation.

Since: Apr 08

Saint Joseph, MO

#4 Apr 17, 2008
why does this have to be an issue what if ur on a public bus and somehow, someway something happened an u can't get to a phone for instince what if it wrecked and no on else had a phone what if someone got mucced or raped what would u do if there wasnt a cell phone user on the bus cell phones are life savers if u really think about
stop lying

Somerset, NJ

#5 Apr 17, 2008
I'm sure we've all been on a bus or train near someone who talks excessively loud, and it can be quite annoying. However, as rude or annoying as that person may be, they paid the same fare as you, and if they choose to spend their commute on their phone it is their right. Remember, we are talking about PUBLIC transportation, as such you have no real reasonable expectation of privacy or peace and quiet for that matter. You can try asking the person to keep it down, change seats, if possible or wear headphones and listen to your favorite relaxing music or take a taxi or your own car.
johanson

Eugene, OR

#6 Apr 17, 2008
Priscila wrote:
I was riding the Amtrak Southwest Chief from Fullerton, CA to Chicago, Il last March 19, 2008 and 3 of the passengers were on their cell phones at the same time for over 20 minutes and it was very irritating because all three of them were talking really loud. I have a cell phone but I try to minimize the conversation and talk as quietly as I could.... Cell phone users should be considerate of people around them... strangers are not interested in their personal conversation.
Join in there conversation, that usually quiets them down.
bob

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Apr 18, 2008
johanson wrote:
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Join in there conversation, that usually quiets them down.
Beautiful idea! LMAO
JAM

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Apr 19, 2008
johanson wrote:
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Join in there conversation, that usually quiets them down.
Yes, that might quell it fast.

I've actually begun to run into posted signs at certain retail shops that state the clerk will not do business with you if you're talking on your phone. I say it's about time. If a person on the phone refuses to acknowledge the clerk waiting to serve him, the clerk should also reserve the right to refuse to acknowledge the customer by refusing him service. It's a two way street.

I don't care if you're talking on a phone on the bus or otherwise in public, but if you are doing business with a live person, put your phone down for the 30-60 seconds it takes to conduct a transaction.
ROBERT

Schenectady, NY

#11 Oct 10, 2008
I am a transit driver loud or walki talki use is a hudge problem and a safety hazard .a law needs to be passed to make those balidgerent passangers to respect people around them my bus you bleep your nextel you will be warned if you rebel you will have free flying lessons and a size 14 boot
in your but and get booted out the door thats my law. thank you.

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