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Friday's Unscientific Poll: Video calls in changing rooms [20190111|11:15]
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Today's Unscientific Poll is purely hypothetical, of course!

Poll #2088719 Is It OK

Conducting a video phone call in the changing rooms of a sports facility: acceptable?

Yes, that's fine.
Dear goodness me, no.

Earlier this week, I entered the changing rooms of the gym to see someone sat on one of the benches having a video phone call.

Now, for me this is completely socially unacceptable. I won't answer a voice call in the changing rooms as I find even that to be rather creepy, given that all phones have cameras on them these days. I can almost understand how the person might have come to the conclusion it was OK in this case given that (a) the changing rooms were empty at the time (b) a percentage of the people who use the changing rooms are students, and come into them already wearing their gym clothes and/or return to their dorms to shower and (c) different cultural norms.

HOWEVER, as soon as someone else came in, I would have expected them to terminate the call and leave. Did they do that? No, they carried on, oblivious to myself and another person who came in behind me, also wearing office clothes (as I was).

I summoned up my bolshiest inner American, went over, and politely asked them not to conduct a video call in the changing room. They ended the call and apologised, with an expression that clearly said, "I'm not sorry and I'm upset that you think I'm doing something wrong." So I put on my, "I am deeply unimpressed with you and I do hope I never see you doing this again" face. Because NO.

[User Picture]From: meathiel
2019-01-11 15:28 (UTC)
People are weird for sure ...
I'd not do it also because I wouldn't want anyone to overhear my call???
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-01-12 22:10 (UTC)
Yes, exactly! I don't like taking calls in most public places. I keep them as short and neutral as possible.
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[User Picture]From: sight
2019-01-11 17:15 (UTC)
I find that riiiidiculous and RUDE that someone would do a video call in a CHANGING ROOM where people get naked. That's ridiculous!! RIDICULOUS. Ughh.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-01-12 22:13 (UTC)
Yeah, that was my feeling. I'm about to strip off here, the last thing I want is a stranger with an active phone camera aaaaaanywhere near me!
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[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2019-01-11 21:46 (UTC)
That would be a 'no' from me too, and I think you were quite entitled, and right, to complain.

I suspect that this is just an inevitable follow-on from it becoming acceptable to have mobile phone conversations in public places for all and sundry to hear whether they like it or not. No proper boundaries have been set, and so people have developed a complete lack of awareness and respect for others when using these gadgets.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-01-12 22:23 (UTC)
I find it very strange how little people value their privacy. Not just with respect to personal conversations, either. I've heard people on crowded morning trains giving out their details to salespeople on the other end - full name, date of birth, long number on the front of the credit card - and just sat there in disbelief at the lack of caution!
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[User Picture]From: rock_dinosaur
2019-01-13 14:12 (UTC)
I really do find it thoroughly irritating. I understand that if you have a mobile phone, there are going to be times when you need to contact somebody urgently about something important, but if you're making a call on a bus or train, you'd think you'd want to make your conversation as brief and quiet as possible. However, on my regular shopping-missions to the furthest reaches of the universe, AKA edge-of-town supermarkets, I'm often subjected by the person sitting behind me on the bus to loud mobile-phone conversations lasting for the entire duration of the journey. I just don't understand why that should ever be necessary, and find it just as annoying as people smoking on the bus, which has rightly been banned for many years. And yes, business phonecalls. Apart from anything else, they're indescribably boring to listen to!
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[User Picture]From: lindahoyland
2019-01-12 05:41 (UTC)
I don't follow sport, but once switched on for another programme at the end of a match and the TV channel was interviewing players in the changing room. In the background, all and I mean all was being revealed by another player in blissful ignorance.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-01-12 22:25 (UTC)
That's just not on. Sportspeople at professional level have little enough privacy as it is; putting cameras in their changing rooms is unacceptably invasive.
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[User Picture]From: meringues
2019-01-18 10:58 (UTC)
...that would be a "no" from me

Edited at 2019-01-18 10:58 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2019-01-18 20:37 (UTC)
I've been to gym a lot this week and haven't seen it again so I'm really hoping this was a one-off thing. O.O
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