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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Cell Phone Fiasco

Posted June 11, 2007 7:24 a.m. EDT

Some people just don't get it.

It's graduation day. My son Will and his Athens Drive High School senior classmates are all decked out in their caps and gowns. It's a huge crowd at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh. One by one the names of the graduates are announced at the podium by various teachers.

Audio is everything. You want to hear that name. That's why the audience is told to hold its cheering til a designated time. Half the crowd ignores this request and whoops and yells anyway.

But the worst offender of all this evening was the woman sitting on the row behind me. She received no fewer than 6 calls on her cell phone during the commencement service and talked constantly. She ignored dozens of frustrated looks and protests from parents. She should have been ejected. She added a notorious new dimension to the definition of bad manners.

What about you? What are your cell phone horror stories? And how would you have handled this?

Please offer your do's and don'ts of cell phone etiquette.