One of my biggest pet peeves is when I call someone and they answer the phone and say “I can’t talk right now, I will call you back.” Then why did you answer the phone? Just let it go to voice mail… if it is important I will either leave a message or send you a text to call me.
Which brings me to the point of this blog, when is talking on the phone not appropriate? I heard recently that Planet Fitness kicked a lady out of gym for talking on her phone. I am a member at Planet Fitness and I had no idea that talking on your phone while you are working out there is not allowed, in fact, I have taken a few calls while on the elliptical machine (Shhhhhh-- don’t tell anyone).
I am a little offended that this is a rule at Planet Fitness that you can’t take a phone call while you are working out. I am sure that my voice is lower than the two 20-somethings a few machines over who are in the middle of a conversation about a recent breakup (Wow -I didn’t need to know the graphic details).
I also am an instructor at a local community college and last semester (early on in the class) I had a student who answered his cell phone in the middle of class and held a good three-minute conversation. I was absolutely shocked (my mouth might have actually been wide open) and could not believe that he didn’t know it was not appropriate. After class I did have a conversation about class protocol and what was appropriate and what was not and the issue did not occur again.
So I now want to know -- does anyone really care if a person is on the phone at the gym and what other locations (AND WHY) does it bother you when someone takes a call? Is it ok at the grocery store? In line at QT? Church?