Bus riders who talk on their cell phones about frivolous things are dumb. Usually these people don’t even bother to whisper their conversations, but instead speak at a regular volume and sometimes higher, so high, others can hear them through their headphones.
Having your favorite song re-mixed with an obnoxious person’s loud chuckle ain’t fun.
I can understand the emergency call to your nanny, your doctor or your job; reaching out about something urgent is perfectly cool. But having a long, drawn-out 'chat' about what color you’re planning to dye your hair or what you’ll be cooking for dinner is grounds for a dirty stare or two.
Inconsiderate bus blabber isn’t just a problem for the poor sucker who has to endure it. It can actually come back to bite the chatterbox in the buns. It’s a small world, and anything said in public could be heard by everyone. Those “strangers” you don’t mind annoying could be long lost friends or friends of friends. Think the 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Just the other day, I was sitting behind a phone-talker who actually postponed his business meeting until it got warmer, citing the fact that he “can’t think well in the cold” as his reason. Fortunately, I don’t know him, but I wish I did so I could send him a link to this blog.
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