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    The Ranger Guest

    Default Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    your order?

    The Ranger



  2. #2
    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    On Jun 21, 9:25*am, "The Ranger" <cuhulain...@yahoo.moc> wrote:
    > We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    > let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    > walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    > your order?
    >
    > The Ranger


    walk out of the joint.

    harriet & critters (j j who is still sleeping; and faddy tabby catty
    who demands her breakfast every morning beginning at 6:30 AM)

  3. #3
    RegForte Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    The Ranger wrote:

    > We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    > let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    > walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    > your order?
    >



    Go ahead and order the food. Then call him every 3 minutes asking
    where your food is.

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    John Kuthe Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    On Jun 21, 11:25*am, "The Ranger" <cuhulain...@yahoo.moc> wrote:
    > We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    > let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    > walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    > your order?
    >
    > The Ranger


    I've seen people that have what I call "cell phone twitch", where they
    have their hand up along side their face and don't even have a cell
    phone in their hand!! But it looks like they are using their cell
    phone. It's just a nervous habit.

    And don't even get me STARTED about those Blue Tooth earpiece devices!
    Borg, each and every last one of 'em!! "Resistance is futile, you will
    be assimilated!"

    John Kuthe...

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    --> Stu Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    On Sun, 21 Jun 2009 09:53:19 -0700 (PDT), John Kuthe
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Jun 21, 11:25*am, "The Ranger" <cuhulain...@yahoo.moc> wrote:
    >> We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    >> let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    >> walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    >> your order?
    >>
    >> The Ranger

    >
    >I've seen people that have what I call "cell phone twitch", where they
    >have their hand up along side their face and don't even have a cell
    >phone in their hand!! But it looks like they are using their cell
    >phone. It's just a nervous habit.
    >
    >And don't even get me STARTED about those Blue Tooth earpiece devices!
    >Borg, each and every last one of 'em!! "Resistance is futile, you will
    >be assimilated!"
    >
    >John Kuthe...


    I usually shut my phone off entering a restaurant, just as I do when
    at a theatre. Nothing worse than being in a nice restaurant having a
    conversation and some assholes phone rings, and rings, and rings.
    I'd like to see someone take the offenders phone and drop it in their
    soup (just once)
    In the car I have a hands free that slides on my rear view mirror,
    as the law ( no talking on handheld cell phone) is coming soon ( and
    no one is ready). This allows me to keep my eyes peeled for fools on
    their phones wandering in and out of my lane.

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    George Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    The Ranger wrote:
    > We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    > let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    > walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    > your order?
    >
    > The Ranger
    >
    >

    Walk out but be sure to let the manager know why I did.

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    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    On Jun 21, 12:25*pm, "The Ranger" <cuhulain...@yahoo.moc> wrote:
    > We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    > let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    > walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    > your order?



    Get up and find Le Manager.


  8. #8
    Kalmia Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    On Jun 21, 1:08*pm, "--> Stu" <reci...@foodforu.ca> wrote:

    the law ( no talking on handheld cell phone) is coming soon ( and
    > no one is ready).


    I envy you. You have some legislators with b--ls.


  9. #9
    George Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    --> Stu wrote:
    > On Sun, 21 Jun 2009 09:53:19 -0700 (PDT), John Kuthe
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On Jun 21, 11:25 am, "The Ranger" <cuhulain...@yahoo.moc> wrote:
    >>> We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    >>> let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    >>> walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    >>> your order?
    >>>
    >>> The Ranger

    >> I've seen people that have what I call "cell phone twitch", where they
    >> have their hand up along side their face and don't even have a cell
    >> phone in their hand!! But it looks like they are using their cell
    >> phone. It's just a nervous habit.
    >>
    >> And don't even get me STARTED about those Blue Tooth earpiece devices!
    >> Borg, each and every last one of 'em!! "Resistance is futile, you will
    >> be assimilated!"
    >>
    >> John Kuthe...

    >
    > I usually shut my phone off entering a restaurant, just as I do when
    > at a theatre. Nothing worse than being in a nice restaurant having a
    > conversation and some assholes phone rings, and rings, and rings.
    > I'd like to see someone take the offenders phone and drop it in their
    > soup (just once)


    Exactly, I am a heavy cellphone user but I know what voicemail is for. I
    shut the phone off or at least put it in manner mode.
    Part of the reason of going to a restaurant is to get away. Those
    attention seeking folks with the loud annoying ringtones are just plain
    rude and crude.

    > In the car I have a hands free that slides on my rear view mirror,
    > as the law ( no talking on handheld cell phone) is coming soon ( and
    > no one is ready). This allows me to keep my eyes peeled for fools on
    > their phones wandering in and out of my lane.


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    George Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    Kalmia wrote:
    > On Jun 21, 1:08 pm, "--> Stu" <reci...@foodforu.ca> wrote:
    >
    > the law ( no talking on handheld cell phone) is coming soon ( and
    >> no one is ready).

    >
    > I envy you. You have some legislators with b--ls.
    >

    Naw, we are turning into nanny states with feel good laws. The three
    neighboring states have "hands free" laws and ours is supposed to be
    next. But police can already cite you without any additional laws if
    they observe you weaving etc. Should we also have laws that we can't
    change the station on the radio or talk to a vehicle occupant too?

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "The Ranger" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to put down their phone,
    > let alone turn it off, while dining out. What would you do if a server
    > walked up to your table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    > your order?
    >
    > The Ranger


    I think you're reaching. Has it ever happened to you?
    (I'd be tempted to call the restaurant after getting the server's name
    and explain why I was leaving.)

    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller - good news 4-6-2009
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
    -Philo of Alexandria

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    > Stu Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    On Sun, 21 Jun 2009 13:24:34 -0400, George <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Kalmia wrote:
    >> On Jun 21, 1:08 pm, "--> Stu" <reci...@foodforu.ca> wrote:
    >>
    >> the law ( no talking on handheld cell phone) is coming soon ( and
    >>> no one is ready).

    >>
    >> I envy you. You have some legislators with b--ls.
    >>

    >Naw, we are turning into nanny states with feel good laws. The three
    >neighboring states have "hands free" laws and ours is supposed to be
    >next. But police can already cite you without any additional laws if
    >they observe you weaving etc. Should we also have laws that we can't
    >change the station on the radio or talk to a vehicle occupant too?



    No, but if you're driving with undue care and caution while engrossed
    in your cell phone conversation, you need someone to step in with
    either a hefty fine or a more serious charge affecting your privilege
    to drive before more are killed.

    Imagine you are coming home and the cell phone rings, it's your wife
    wanting you to stop at the market. You and her get into a heated
    arguement, you are distracted and run someone down at a crosswalk.
    Not just their life is over but your's as well.

    I think it's a good law.

  13. #13
    Melba's Jammin' Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    In article <[email protected]>,
    "--> Stu" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I usually shut my phone off entering a restaurant, just as I do when
    > at a theatre.


    Not me. I carry it in my, uh, cleavage, on 'vibrate' mode. And hope
    like hell someone calls. "-) The ringtone is so annoying.
    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller - good news 4-6-2009
    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
    -Philo of Alexandria

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    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > In article <[email protected]>, "The
    > Ranger" <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> We've all seen those customers that just can't seem to
    >> put down their phone, let alone turn it off, while dining
    >> out. What would you do if a server walked up to your
    >> table talking on his or her cell phone and offered to take
    >> your order?
    >>

    > I think you're reaching. Has it ever happened to you?


    "It's possible, Pig, I might be bluffing. It's conceivable, you miserable,
    vomitous mass [..] But, then again..."



    > (I'd be tempted to call the restaurant after getting the server's name
    > and explain why I was leaving.)


    As you removed it from its hiding place in front of said manager or server?

    The Ranger



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    elaich Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote in news:01b5211e-cc31-43ac-ae41-
    [email protected]:

    > I envy you. You have some legislators with b--ls.


    California has such a law. It's a joke - never enforced.

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    elaich Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    George <[email protected]> wrote in news:h1lqcl$ef$1@news.eternal-
    september.org:

    > Should we also have laws that we can't
    > change the station on the radio or talk to a vehicle occupant too?
    >


    That is a completely different thing. The brain is capable of multitasking
    in it's normal environment. We are surrounded by sounds that do not
    distract us from what we are doing. Most people are able to drive while
    talking to a passenger, changing the radio, etc.

    A cellphone is completely different - the cellphone conversation demands
    most of the brain's attention. I cannot count the number of times I've seen
    cellphone impaired drivers do absolutely mindnumbingly stupid things.

    And, yes, they are impaired. A University of Utah study found that the
    average person when talking on a cellphone is as impaired as if they have
    had three drinks. That will put you over the limit in most states.

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    The Ranger Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    elaich <[email protected]> wrote in message news:h1lt2k$5a7$[email protected]..
    > Kalmia <[email protected]> wrote in news:01b5211e-cc31-43ac-ae41-
    > [email protected]:
    >
    >> I envy you. You have some legislators with b--ls.

    >
    > California has such a law. It's a joke - never enforced.


    Oh. Yes. It. Is.

    If you don't believe it, give the CHP a chance to enlighten you by driving
    down 101 during the afternoon commute. Those that think they're above the
    law and that abuse the commuter lane are also a favorite target.

    The Ranger



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    [email protected] Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    "The Ranger" <[email protected]> writes:

    > What would you do if a server walked up to your table talking on his
    > or her cell phone....


    Nothing to even remotely annoy the server. That only invites
    food-based retaliation. The 2 cent tip is brilliantly simple and
    devastatingly effective in relaying your feelings.

    nb

  19. #19
    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    > Stu wrote:
    > On Sun, 21 Jun 2009 13:24:34 -0400, George <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Kalmia wrote:
    >>> On Jun 21, 1:08 pm, "--> Stu" <reci...@foodforu.ca> wrote:
    >>>
    >>> the law ( no talking on handheld cell phone) is coming soon ( and
    >>>> no one is ready).
    >>> I envy you. You have some legislators with b--ls.
    >>>

    >> Naw, we are turning into nanny states with feel good laws. The three
    >> neighboring states have "hands free" laws and ours is supposed to be
    >> next. But police can already cite you without any additional laws if
    >> they observe you weaving etc. Should we also have laws that we can't
    >> change the station on the radio or talk to a vehicle occupant too?

    >
    >
    > No, but if you're driving with undue care and caution while engrossed
    > in your cell phone conversation, you need someone to step in with
    > either a hefty fine or a more serious charge affecting your privilege
    > to drive before more are killed.
    >


    Why? It's already against the law to drive recklessly. Should there be a
    law for every single reason you might drive recklessly? No driving with
    an annoying two-year-old in the car? No driving while you're worried
    about being laid off? No driving while your foot hurts?

    Serene
    --
    42 Magazine, celebrating life with meaning. Inaugural issue is here!
    http://42magazine.com

    "But here's a handy hint: if your fabulous theory for ending war and
    all other human conflict will not survive an online argument with
    humourless feminists who are not afraid to throw rape around as an
    example, your theory needs work." -- Aqua, alt.polyamory

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    Serene Vannoy Guest

    Default OT Cell phone safety (was Re: Servers Strike Back -- Cell Phone Usage

    elaich wrote:
    > George <[email protected]> wrote in news:h1lqcl$ef$1@news.eternal-
    > september.org:
    >
    >> Should we also have laws that we can't
    >> change the station on the radio or talk to a vehicle occupant too?
    >>

    >
    > That is a completely different thing. The brain is capable of multitasking
    > in it's normal environment. We are surrounded by sounds that do not
    > distract us from what we are doing. Most people are able to drive while
    > talking to a passenger, changing the radio, etc.


    Not true, and it's also not true that the hands-free option is safer.

    Below are some exerpts from
    http://www.iii.org/media/hottopics/i...ce/cellphones/
    (I'll let folks read the rest for themselves). Those who want their
    ObFood can read the next paragraph and skip the OT stuff that follows.

    ObFood: Today, I need to bake bread, and I want to do something
    different. Thinking of adding caramelized onions to my regular loaf, but
    might go searching for something fun. Any ideas?

    Serene



    # Motorists who use cellphones while driving are four times as likely to
    get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves, according to a
    study of drivers in Perth, Australia, conducted by the Insurance
    Institute for Highway Safety. The results, published in July 2005,
    suggest that banning hand-held phone use will not necessarily improve
    safety if drivers simply switch to hand-free phones. The study found
    that injury crash risk didn't vary with type of phone.

    # Many studies have shown that using hand-held cellphones while driving
    can constitute a hazardous distraction. However, the theory that
    hands-free sets are safer has been challenged by the findings of several
    studies. A study from researchers at the University of Utah, published
    in the summer 2006 issue of Human Factors, the quarterly journal of the
    Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, concludes that talking on a
    cellphone while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk, even if the
    phone is a hands-free model. An earlier study by researchers at the
    university found that motorists who talked on hands-free cellphones were
    18 percent slower in braking and took 17 percent longer to regain the
    speed they lost when they braked.

    # A September 2004 study from the NHTSA found that drivers using
    hand-free cellphones had to redial calls 40 percent of the time,
    compared with 18 percent for drivers using hand-held sets, suggesting
    that hands-free sets may provide drivers with a false sense of ease.

    # A study released in April 2006 found that almost 80 percent of crashes
    and 65 percent of near-crashes involved some form of driver inattention
    within three seconds of the event. The study, The 100-Car Naturalistic
    Driving Study, conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), breaks
    new ground. (Earlier research found that driver inattention was
    responsible for 25 to 30 percent of crashes.) The new study found that
    the most common distraction is the use of cellphones, followed by
    drowsiness. However, cellphone use is far less likely to be the cause of
    a crash or near-miss than other distractions, according to the study.
    For example, while reaching for a moving object such as a falling cup
    increased the risk of a crash or near-crash by nine times, talking or
    listening on a hand-held cellphone only increased the risk by 1.3 times.
    The study tracked the behavior of the 241 drivers of 100 vehicles for
    more than one year. The drivers were involved in 82 crashes, 761
    near-crashes and 8,295 critical incidents.

    # These findings confirm an August 2003 report from the AAA Foundation
    for Traffic Safety that concluded that drivers are far less distracted
    by their cellphones than by other common activities, such as reaching
    for items on the seat or glove compartment or talking to passengers.
    That study was based on the analysis of videotapes from cameras
    installed in the vehicles of 70 drivers in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

    --
    42 Magazine, celebrating life with meaning. Inaugural issue is here!
    http://42magazine.com

    "But here's a handy hint: if your fabulous theory for ending war and
    all other human conflict will not survive an online argument with
    humourless feminists who are not afraid to throw rape around as an
    example, your theory needs work." -- Aqua, alt.polyamory

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