NYC Tackles Cell Phone Etiquette With Laws

from the it's-illegal-to-be-obnoxious dept

Of all places, I think most people would assume that New York City would be one of the last places in the world to outlaw any type of obnoxious behavior. However, they're looking at a proposed law that would fine people for using mobile phones (or letting it ring) at a performance. While I do hate it when people can't figure out how to turn their ringer off, legislating obnoxious behavior might be going a bit too far. I wonder if that means any of the various performances of symphanies using cell phones would require a special exemption permit...
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    mango, 11 Feb 2004 @ 1:10pm

    Re: How would it be enforced without disruption?

    It is apparent that you do not run a theater. I work in a theater and there is no "appropriate" time to kick someone out. If someone is using their cell phone during a movie, though it is theater policy to remove rude guests from the theater, we still have to interrupt the other guests' moviegoing experience. However, we cannot allow a guest to continue to talk on their cell phones. If a law prohibiting cell phone use in a theater was passed, we wouldn't have to ruin anyone's experience and everyone would be happy.

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