Is this just a "thing" for me? Yes, sometimes the phone rings at inopportune times, such as when you're in the restroom. But that presents a dilemma that is very easily solved: you either don't answer the call, and call them back once you're out; or you answer the phone, and either tell them to hold or tell them you'll call them back.
Maybe using the phone in a restroom at home really is just one of my "things," a quirk that bugs me but doesn't really bug anyone else. In a public restroom, though, there's lots of things going on. First off, you've got the "pee shy" people--people for whom it's really difficult to, ahem, "go" in public venues, and having someone two stalls over yapping to their mom or cousin or whatever about a bunch of typically banal subjects doesn't help their problem in the slightest.
Second, there are LOTS of rather disgusting noises that can be emitted at the most inopportune moments. If I'm on the phone with you, I REALLY do not need to hear a bunch of random farting, flushing, or grunting.
|As an aside, I always loved these phone booths!|
For those of you who are confused by the above pics, the one on the left is a public restroom. You walk in there, latch the door shut, and do what you've been doing in there since you were probably 2 or 3 years old. The picture on the right is of a telephone booth. You walk in there, shut the door, pick up the phone, dial a number, and talk to people. The things you do in the room pictured on the left are REALLY incompatible with the things you do in the booth pictured on the right.
On more than one occasion, I've actually seen someone walk into the restroom, and PLACE a call after entering.
Uh. Why? Are you seriously confusing a bathroom stall for a phone booth? I understand the need to have privacy when placing certain phone calls... but the very definition of a PUBLIC RESTROOM negates the concept of being able to really get any privacy in one. Anyone who's been "lucky" enough to have some random 3-year-old crawl on the floor and stick their head under the stall and peer up at you (and argh, doesn't that make you want to kick the little fucker's face? No? Hmm, maybe that's just me) knows exactly how precarious that "privacy" is in a public restroom.
Here's a great rule: Any time you have things going into, or coming out of, your body, THIS IS NOT A TIME TO TALK TO ME. This includes, but is not limited to:
- When your mouth is full of food
- When you're having sex; or
- When you're going to the bathroom--or are in the immediate vicinity of other people audibly using the restroom.
One would think that with the advent of text messaging, the practice of phone-use-in-bathrooms would have decreased. After all, you can easily text people at ALL SORTS of times during which it would be incredibly rude to talk to them on the phone.
Okay, THIS would be an example of a
BAD TIME to send a text.
But no, pretty much every time I'm in a public restroom, especially on campus, with other people in there, someone just HAS TO talk to someone on the phone RIGHT THIS SECOND, screw whatever disgusting sounds the person on the other line might hear. Times like this make me wish I could fart on command, just to fuck with their conversation. Usually I go with the passive-agressive version of the next best thing: I flush. A few times.
I dunno. Given how rampant this practice is, maybe I'm the only one who's really irked by this? What are your thoughts?