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    Quote Originally Posted by Nords View Post
    As for the blinking Bluetooth earpieces... I think their wearers would stop doing that if they'd watch a few episodes of the Star Trek Borg characters.
    It's too late for them. They have already been assimilated.

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    I don't go to the movies much anymore, but my biggest gripe is during live theatre. People don't understand even texting is rude and disturbs others. They think they're being quiet but it disrupts the performers concentration, distracts other patrons, and often interrupts technical aspects of the show, like lighting and sound design. There have even been instances where it has interrupted cues. It's particularly egregious when it happens in a small, intimate theatre. Why yes, that actor standing less than four feet away from you hears your phone vibrating for the umpteenth time, sees what you think is furtive texting, and is bothered by it. Immensely.

    I teach a theatre 101 class and my policy is if you are caught texting during a performance, you'll get a zero on your paper. This policy is on the syllabus, I tell them about it, I devote an entire class period to audience etiquette, and there's an announcement from the house manager asking people to shut off their phones just before the show begins. I try to be a flexible and understanding teacher, but in these cases, there is no excuse, they've been forewarned ad nauseum. Of course, it's still a problem.

    Sorry for the rant, but it just touched a nerve.
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    If these talkers were being yelled at by their boss or their spouse, would they put it on speaker and bark away? Presumably they'd have the ability to mutter into the handset and try to keep everything quiet. So why be rude during their other conversations?

    Unfortunately not. I've listened in to quite a few cell phone arguments with bosses and significant others. People have no qualms with arguing in public, why should they care if it's on a cell phone?

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    At least a smoker will say, "Mind if I smoke" before lighting up a cigarette. As Steve Martin once said, "Mind if I fut?"

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    I doubt it that saying "I am going to make a phone call" in the middle of a movie is going to make the situation any better.

    It's just better for one to leave the movie theater quietly to make or take that phone call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
    It's just better for one to leave the movie theater quietly to make or take that phone call.
    Yep. Who is (in reality, not just in their own minds) such an important person that they can't be out of contact for a short while, long enough to attend a public event? Medical and emergency personnel - that's about all I can think of. Anyone else in a key position (like on-call IT people, for another example) should perhaps put off their movie-going until a time they are not on-call. The medical folks I know who go out to movies, theatre, concerts and the like, always put their phones in vibrate mode, and also would leave their seat immediately in order to hear their important call without distraction.

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    i absolutely hate those that talk on the phone in an airplane, they usually talk until the last possible moment and then turn on their phones and start again when they land....and they usually just say something stupid like " i've landed"
    cant they just waot 3 minutes till they are off the plane? i love it on japan airlines where the phones are to be off at all times once you board.
    that phone interference thing in hospitals has been debunked by mythbusters also the one in gas stations...however one instance of it causing problems would be one too many.
    in britain they have constructed theatres with a copper web around them preventing any cell reception. in the us some have tried the same but it is illegal her to block any cell signals.... they sell little boxes on the internet that will block cell signals for a 6, 10 or 20 foot radius....i would love one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by escondido100 View Post
    in britain they have constructed theatres with a copper web around them preventing any cell reception. in the us some have tried the same but it is illegal her to block any cell signals.... they sell little boxes on the internet that will block cell signals for a 6, 10 or 20 foot radius....i would love one of those.
    Blocking signals though shielding is not illegal. Jamming it though use of that little box is.

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    There are those annoying instances where someone is at the checkout counter or with a teller at the bank and they're talking on their cell phone!

    Can't they just hold off for a couple of minutes, get their business done properly, THEN talk to someone?

    Perhaps some people have lost their sense of courtesy. Something as simple as "paying attention" has become an anachronism to these folks.

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    I was thinking that movie theaters themselves should have much more obvious sign about cell phone usage before the movie starts. The one currently playing at Consolidated is a line of text on the bottom of a commerical for phones. They should at least update the sign that says "No smoking by the order of the Fire Marhasal." and put a more obvious "No phone calls" allowed in the theater there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by escondido100 View Post
    that phone interference thing in hospitals has been debunked by mythbusters also the one in gas stations...however one instance of it causing problems would be one too many.
    exactly. which is why many hospitals, including the one i work at, limit cell phone use to certain areas.
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    The original problem here, though, is people texting or playing games on their cells while in a theater. The light is way too bright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlegirl View Post
    Why all the aggression towards cellphone users? If someone wants to waste their $10 movie ticket by playing with their phone for 2 hours, I'm not mad at them... I feel sorry for them!
    If they can do it out of sight so it won't distract me from watching the movie ... and thus won't waste my $12 ... that's fine by me. It is distracting because of their lit-up screens in front of me, as well as unnecessary noise like giggling that don't even jive with the [comedy] films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
    I was thinking that movie theaters themselves should have much more obvious sign about cell phone usage before the movie starts. The one currently playing at Consolidated is a line of text on the bottom of a commerical for phones. They should at least update the sign that says "No smoking by the order of the Fire Marhasal." and put a more obvious "No phone calls" allowed in the theater there.
    Nah, they should fry all cell phones in theater rooms that are left on or turned on while inside.
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    Arrgh, again! At the preview of "Gran Torino" tonight the bonehead right next to me pulled out a cell and began texting. I gave him a minute -- in case he was an emergency-services brain surgeon being consulted -- then asked him to put it away. He refused, saying because it wasn't ringing, no one was being bothered. Well, it's bothering ME. So? he responded, then told me to go fark myself, because I was the one being rude by speaking to him during the film. Threats of getting the manager didn't faze him. I finally embarrassed him by putting my arm up in the air so my hand could block the glare of his screen.

    It was pretty nasty, and clearly there are people who can't handle behaving politely in a public theatre.

    Theater managers need to tell audiences that ALL cellphone activity should be suspended, not just putting phones on vibrate.

    Oh, there was some knucklehead a few rows away playing a GameBoy during the film. Jeez.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buzz1941 View Post
    He refused, saying because it wasn't ringing, no one was being bothered. Well, it's bothering ME. So? he responded, then told me to go fark myself, because I was the one being rude by speaking to him during the film.
    Yeah, he is probably that same guy who is the neighbor who says to fark yourself if you request him to keep his dog quiet.
    Or if you ask that he not bump into your car door with his car door in the parking lot.
    Or if you ask that he not butt in line in front of you when he spots some friend up there to join.
    The world if full of idiots. Even in the movie theater.
    Now run along and play, but donít get into trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buzz1941 View Post
    Probably a long minute to the people behind you blinded by the cellphone light.
    Shucks. I hope not .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    At least a smoker will say, "Mind if I smoke" before lighting up a cigarette. As Steve Martin once said, "Mind if I fut?"

    OMG!!. That is so funny !!. I gotta remember that. Thanks for the good chuckle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
    I doubt it that saying "I am going to make a phone call" in the middle of a movie is going to make the situation any better.

    It's just better for one to leave the movie theater quietly to make or take that phone call.

    Now, that's something good to remember by. Thanks.


    I actually did that one time (long ago), when I had an actual call, & I just took it outside of the theater door, & once I was finished, I came right back inside the theater & continued watching my movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buzz1941 View Post
    Threats of getting the manager didn't faze him.
    Don't threaten to get the theater manager or usher. Get the theater manager or usher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Random View Post
    Don't threaten to get the theater manager or usher. Get the theater manager or usher.
    Very good point!
    Now run along and play, but donít get into trouble.

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    If any one here has any personal experience, good or bad, with people texting or playing games on their cellphones during a movie, could you contact me offline or in a PM? Thanks. BB
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    In the last 4 weeks attending movies at the Ward Theater there was at least two instances where a Consolidated employee did a few announcements before the previews started. One of the annoucements was reminding people to silence their cell phones and refrain from texting while the movie is on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amati View Post
    Yeah, he is probably that same guy who is the neighbor who says to fark yourself if you request him to keep his dog quiet.
    Or if you ask that he not bump into your car door with his car door in the parking lot.
    Or if you ask that he not butt in line in front of you when he spots some friend up there to join.
    The world if full of idiots. Even in the movie theater.
    When You get up in the morning tell yourself:
    "Today I will run into a jerk.
    It my be driving, or in a store, on in some other public place (like a movie theatre).
    The jerk will be obnoxious and will make me want to retaliate, but I must remember I am NOT a jerk, and cannot lower myself to their level."

    THEN use appropriate channels, if they are available, and do the world a favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaonohi View Post
    When You get up in the morning tell yourself:
    "Today I will run into a jerk.
    It my be driving, or in a store, on in some other public place (like a movie theatre).
    The jerk will be obnoxious and will make me want to retaliate, but I must remember I am NOT a jerk, and cannot lower myself to their level."
    And at day's end, if you somehow avoided the jerk - you can smile and think how lucky you were that day!

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