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Inspired by an incident at work today. [20110524|17:54]
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Poll #1744826 Appropriate places for telephonic communication

Would you carry on a mobile phone conversation in a public toilet?

No.
28(68.3%)
If I were just hanging out by the sinks or something, sure.
10(24.4%)
In a cubicle, but not while doing anything else (e.g. having a wee, changing feminine products).
3(7.3%)
Yes, with no caveats.
0(0.0%)


The person on the other end of that conversation must have heard me flushing in the neighbouring cubicle. >.<
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2011-05-24 17:25 (UTC)
If I was headed in mid-conversation, I'd either (a) wait in desperation if it was urgent, or (b) say I had to do something and I'd call back. If someone called me in a public loo, I'd probably answer and go with (b).

Then again, I get so few mobile calls and use public loos so infrequently that the chance of overlap is almost non-existent.

...so of course, this comment is dull. Informative, but dull. I'll liven it up slightly with the age-old cry of WHERE R THE TICKY???!!!!!?!?!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:42 (UTC)
I usually go with (b). The only reason I would've brought my phone with me in that case would be that I was expecting a call that had to be dealt with urgently. That's pretty rare.
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[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-05-24 18:23 (UTC)
The BIL has conversations all through his bathroom tours. There's a reason we don't call. Texting has many advantages in establishing good barriers between family members.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:50 (UTC)
Texting is a great blessing to those of us who dislike phone conversations in general.
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[User Picture]From: returntosender
2011-05-24 19:03 (UTC)
There's an episode of Peep Show where Mark and Jez are hiding behind the shower curtain while someone else is having a poo - WHICH IS BAD ENOUGH - but because the person going to the loo is such a wanker, he is still on the phone as he, er, gets going. Great TV, never want to watch it again.
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[User Picture]From: chibaraki
2011-05-24 23:42 (UTC)
Peep Show frequently has that effect on me: "Damn this show is awesome OH GOD SECOND-HAND EMBARRASSMENT CRINGE CRINGE CRINGE!"
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:39 (UTC)
I always start out with episodes of watching Peep Show thinking, "I can handle this. I can."

Fifteen minutes later I'm under the duvet shouting, "MAKE IT STOP NO DON'T DO THAT NO NO NO."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:51 (UTC)
I feel that way about pretty much every episode of Peep Show.
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[User Picture]From: mole6e23
2011-05-24 20:03 (UTC)
You didn't have an option for hell no. I don't think that's at all appropriate. Now, personal, private toilets at home is another thing.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:40 (UTC)
Sometimes I think mobile phones maybe weren't such a great idea after all.
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From: anokapolis
2011-05-24 20:57 (UTC)
I usually hang up and tell them to call me back or I call them back, no reason to be on the phone bigger than doing the duty of being in a public restroom:))
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:32 (UTC)
This is my approach as well. Sometimes I might make or take a call in the toilet at work, but that's because I work in an open-plan office and I don't need my (mostly male) work colleagues to hear me talking to my GP to, say, renew my BC prescription!
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[User Picture]From: feylike
2011-05-25 12:10 (UTC)
relatedly, what's up with the telephones in hotel bathrooms?
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[User Picture]From: doccy
2011-05-25 18:22 (UTC)
Hotel bathrooms have telephones?? I was recently impressed by a hotel bathroom with a single door!!!


...um... Better than it sounds. One door, set so it can close off the entire bathroom/toilet area, or just the toilet - So someone can go to the loo while still leaving the sink free.

What??!?! It's been years since I went to a hotel, and we went to one in Cardiff about six weeks back, and the general response from other people there was either "Yeah, we thought there wasn't a toilet until we swung the door", or "Wait, you swung the door??? *cue dashing to room*"

I live a life of heady thrills.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:35 (UTC)
You get excited about watching Gardener's World, don't you.

So do I.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:33 (UTC)
I don't know! I assume this is in response to repeated customer demands, as well, which makes me boggle.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2011-05-25 20:05 (UTC)
There are ladies in our work (not engineers, although I'm not sure what they are) who quite happily come into the toilets on their mobiles and continue talking to work people about work things while doing there business! That could be customers! What is wrong with these people?!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-05-28 07:38 (UTC)
If I were a client, I believe I'd find that rather off-putting. At least the person in the cubicle next to mine was having what sounded like a personal conversation with a close friend.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2011-06-02 00:11 (UTC)
Note that my answer changes for my own private toilet, even if there is someone in the living room to see that I'm carrying it in while having a wee.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-06-03 10:45 (UTC)
Oh yes. Completely diferent rules apply at home. And different rules apply depending on who's in the house.
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