[A repeat from March 20, 2016] In my post of October 9, 2014 (“I Need to Invent Something“), I discussed the public’s irritation at people who yabber loudly on their cell phones while sitting on the train. Some conversations are so loud they can be heard in Dubuque. That’s why each train now has “quiet cars” (cell phones and conversation are verboten). In my post, I suggested someone should invent a device that would deliver an ear-piercing screech to these inconsiderate boors.
Well America, we have a new hero. Dennis Nicholl – a 63 year old CPA from Chicago – was armed with a “black box” while riding on a CTA train. Some around him were talking loudly on their cell phones — heedless of their neighbors’ auditory space. Mr. Nicholl flipped the switch and – POOF – all the cell phones around him went dead. Instead of cueing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” or giving the man a standing “O” – an undercover police officer arrested Mr. Nicholl. And charged him with a felony — a violation of an FCC regulation. I was pleased to read that the charges have now been reduced to a misdemeanor. But still Mr. Nicholl remains under the shroud of this case.
My only disappointment with Mr. Nicholl is that his black box did not cause cell phones to emit an ear-piercing screech. . . . .