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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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Oct 2002 @ 11:28am

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    Gimme a break. People who lack the smarts or manners to turn the ringer off during a performance SHOULD be fined AND sent to a mandatory attendance cell phone etiquette class. People with the colossal nerve to answer cell phone calls during a performance and then have extended conversations should have their phone confiscated, smashed to bits on the spot, fined and banned from attending public performances for at least 90 days. Hey, this is NYC, so legislating obnoxious behavior may be about the only way you're gonna stop 'em. Prevailing attitude seems to be "my phone, my right". Pftt! At $100+ per ticket for decent seats, I don't want to listen to some rude idiot whine or wax philosophically about "what a day I had.." Especially since they also seem to think it necessary to SHOUT so they can be heard over the music. Screw'em. (You obviously don't live here.)

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