[A repeat from October 9, 2014] In my post of August 16, 2013, I spoke of sitting on a crowded train while a woman sitting next to me called her credit card company, loudly repeated her card number, security code (“noooo, two THREE eight“) and expiration date – and then proceeded to discuss several contested charges (“They Dwell Among Us”).
I also sit on the train while some people blabber so loudly on their cell phones that people in the next car can hear them (“Hi Sweetie Pumpkins Dooty Dooty, I love you sooooo much. What’s for din din Sweetums?” “Hey Frank. I got a big deal cookin’ with the Smorgasbord Company. Nobody knows about this. Relates to that property on Western Avenue. . . . “). Let me say this — it’s one thing to talk with your hand over your mouth – and receiver. And speak quietly. And quickly. I’ve done it (“Donna, I’m on the six o’clock. I get in at six thirty” CLICK). But there are people who believe it is their public obligation to let everyone on the train know their personal and private business (“Man – I really got wasted last night. . . . “). YOU HEAR THIS STUFF!
So how about if we develop a device that will cause someone’s phone to emit a screech. OR – a device that will remotely hang up a call (“Oh Bambi – I can’t wait to see you in your new . . . . Bambi? Bambi?). Ninety-five percent of the people on the trains I ride will cheer. ZAPPP!!