coffee shop etiquette: anyone have a hammer?

December 19, 2005

I have retitled this post, because my time in coffee shops might lead to a whole series on good suggestions for coffee shop etiquette.

I’ve often heard people allude to the fact that talking on a cell phone in public is considered rude. I’ve never understood that — isn’t that, after all, what a cell phone is for? Doesn’t it allow my to be in touch with someone without having to play endless games of phone tag as we try to catch each other at home or office?

Today, my view has changed. I’m sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops, and there are only three customers in here…should be a nice peaceful morning, but I find myself wishing for a hammer. There is a guy all the way on the other side of the coffee shop who has been in non-stop conversations. AND HE IS LOUD. I could clearly hear every word he’s saying. Now, he is bragging to the Barista that he has been on the phone with Germany, UK, and France. (Update: The other barista just came out of the back, and he let her know as well.)

It’s Brian Regan‘s me-monster live and in person!

So…cellphone etiquette 101: When you are in a cell phone conversation, it is between you and the other end of the line. Not the whole freaking coffee shop!

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