Don’t Be A Clueless Cell Phone Asshat – Another Ferry Story
There are a few rules on the Ferry. Eating & drinking is not one of them especially since they sell snacks, booze and coffee, though no clam chowder to my continuing displeasure. I continue to look back with longing to my ferry trip across Puget Sound in Washington and my cup of amazing clam chowder. It isn’t fair. We even have some of their ferries but not their chowder.
Anyway, one of the big posted rules is no talking on your cell phone. More specifically the rule as stated on the ferry website lists “Please listen to music or media devices only with headphones or earphones. Keep cell phone conversations to a minimum.” Which means turn your phone on vibrate or pick it up on the first ring, keep your voice low and your conversation quick if you HAVE to pick it up at all. If you need to talk, it is accepted courtesy to go outside on the tail with the bikers where no one cares what you do.
So yesterday I boarded the ferry Mariposa (as I do most mornings now), sit in the front of the 2nd level so I can see out and open my book. This woman sits down diagonal to me. My right, her left, whatever. She is jabbering on her phone about her spawn and her spawns SAT scores and trying to get into UC Palo Alto. Do they even HAVE a UC school in Palo Alto? Now I understand the “voluntary cell phone free zone” sign she is sitting under. This is annoying as fuck. However, we are still in dock. I figure she will hang the phone up once we get under way. You know where this is going… no, she doesn’t.
So now I have a dilema. Do I be the one that says something? I have no problem doing it but she is a little out of my eye shot since she is not in front of me and I don’t know if she will hear me over her blathering about “Why are they having little kids there?” and “I can’t believe he said that to her.”. Part of me wanted to chime in with my fall back position of chatting about her conversation to her until she gets the point but I am too far away.
Fortunatly, the gentleman two seats over in her row says “Can you please take your conversation outside?’ She looks startled, then people chime in under their breath with “Please” or “We really don’t need to hear your conversation.”. Now she looks abashed. Some one with a better view of human nature would consider her to be honestly sorry. I’m not one of those people. Let me clarify, she is sorry. She is very sorry she was caught and called on her behaviour. I don’t believe she is sorry she did it in the first place. Why? Because by her own admission, she rides the ferry all the time and this was “the first time I did this.” Well if you ride the ferry all the time, you know the rules. You are a selfish git who didn’t care about other people, you just wanted to talk to your idiot friend and that was that. You only look abashed because you were called on your rudeness. Let’s hope today is better.