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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    Adiel, 31 Oct 2002 @ 2:44pm

    cilly cell fones

    it's pretty clear that if you act obnoxiously ANYWHERE that the owners of that place can throw you out or ask you to stop. but it makes no sense to let the state tell you how to act. there is no safety issue (such as talking on the phone while driving) at all. if you burp in a restaurant, can they fine you for ruining other peoples meals? no way. maybe the OWNERS will ask you to stop and the offended can complain. but you can't be taken to court for a burp. certainly not for letting your phone accidentaly ring at a performance.

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