Chapter One: Groceries
And while we're in that grocery line . . . (based on a true story)
I know there are folks in NYC who will read this and say, "Hey, that happens here, too . . ." but from my experience, it was rare that someone would be on his/her phone when hitting the check out line. For one thing, New Yorkers are always "in a hurry" and, secondly, other patrons would let the offender know quickly and loudly that the behavior was not acceptable.
In the suburbs, however, I have found quite the opposite. Not only do folks unabashedly use their phones while on line, more shockingly (to me) --- other folks allow it. Needless to say, yours truly has not broken all his "living in the City" habits and my tolerance, as noted below, only goes so far.
If, for some reason, you are someone who, for whatever reason (and unless it's a LIFE or DEATH emergency there is NO "acceptable" reason) uses his/her cellphone/smartphone while in the check out line: STOP IT!!! Please remember there are other people on the planet and a) they do not need to hear your mindless blathering about the swatches you're considering for the drapes and b) they have places to go and do not need to have to wait until you are finished with your (egocentric) call.
Thanks for reading and thanks for putting the phone away in the check out line.
p.s. For those of us "of a certain age," we remember when there actually a time when (believe it or not!) the world revolved without having your phone attached to your hand every waking moment of the day!