Monday, November 22, 2010

How Much Does Digit Dialing in a Restaurant Annoy Me?????

Tuesday, November 23, 2010....

A LOT!!!!!

Seriously, I don't get people who are at dinner with a friend or loved one and take or make a phone call. I understand emergency calls, but that's not what I'm talking about. It's the people that have this NEED to answer their phone and chat about nothing, or others who call a friend when their dinner partner has gone to the bathroom and they can't sit at a table alone for a whole 5 minutes.

Personally, if I accept an invitation with anyone, I'm in the moment of being with them and enjoying the conversation. I don't feel the need to multi-task and talk with as many people as I can in an evening. Call me crazy, but I find that behavior a bit rude.

I bring this up because I was picking up some take-out Chinese and noticed 2 ladies sitting at a table having dinner. One was on her cell phone laughing it up while her dinner companion was just sort of sitting there. I wonder if she was as annoyed as I was just to see this behavior.

I'm not the etiquette police, but I don't think I'm off the mark in stating digit dialing in a restaurant is just wrong.


The Vegetable Assassin said...

I couldn't agree more. It's rude. People should just pretend they don't have a phone during dinner with friends. No fervent texting, calling or the like at all. In fact, I'm all for restaurants banning cell phone usage. If you must take or make a call, have the courtesy to step outside.

Damn. Seems I AM the etiquette police! :)

Brian Miller said...

ugh. agreed...if you are going to be with me, be with me...unless something is more important...then dont be with me...smiles.

TechnoBabe said...

I have a hard time reminding myself that it is none of my business when I watch people in love with their cell phones. It is sad to see a dad walking his kid and dad is on the phone the whole time. Or see a couple having dinner out and one constantly answering a phone. I personally would not go out with that person again and I would let him know how rude it is.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Veg Ass - I think you'd make a fine etiquette police as long as you're not holding the vodka bottle when making a point to someone.

Brian - EXACTLY....

TechnoBabe -Don't you just want to go up and take the phone out of their hands.

Okay, maybe that's what I want to do.

Canadianbloggergirl said...

I totally agree! That or having a texting conversation. Then the person that is with you will say I'm listening you continue to talk and then when you ask a question and wait for a response, "I'm sorry hunnie what did you say?"

makes my blood boil!


Jewels Diva® said...

Dr Phil stated that anyone who took or made a phone call while at a table with friends was arrogant.

They are.

Arrogant to think they are more important than the person/people they are with.

Arrogant to think you will sit there and put up with it.

Arrogant to think you will still be there after the meal.

If it happens to you, tell the person you'll leave if they answer their phone or make a call. Then if they do, get up and leave.

Little Ms Blogger said...

My sister just told me about a friend of hers that took the cellphone out of the hands of a dinner companion.

I guess she's famous for texting or chatting while at dinner with others and she had enough.

I told my sister she was my hero.

Jewels, I agree with Dr. Phil, that behavior is very arrogant.

J.J. in L.A. said...

I was in a restaurant once where a guy never stopped talking on his phone. His girlfriend(?) just sat there, then ate when the food arrived, while he let his food sit.

If that was my man, he'd be calling a cab because I'd have taken the keys and left.

After I'd eaten, of course.

Little Ms Blogger said...

JJ - I'm with you. I would have eaten, left him with the bill and taken his keys to the car. He probably wouldn't have connected the dots when asking for the keys if he was engaged in his phone conversation.

I don't get it. What did people do 20 years ago? Oh yeah, I forgot...they actually talked to one another at dinner.

Luna said...

i completely agree.

The Bumbles said...

A guy in my office actually went out for lunch with my boss and left his blue tooth headset on during the entire meal.

Andrea said...

I absolutely agree (although a little late to post this...I'm behind in my reading)...and Jewels, is like people put no value on the relationships they have with one another these days. Why go out to dinner with someone if you're not there to enjoy their presence?