The meaning of public

Nov 12th, 2009 – 19 Comments

Today I had the unique experience of having a very large, older, former resident of the UK, get in my grill about my having a conversation on my cell phone at a local McDonald’s in Oakville.

The chimp in question interrupted my call to a dear friend in NYC to tell me to stop talking…


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cellHello My Friends,

Today I had the unique experience of having a very large, older, former resident of the UK, get in my grill about my having a conversation on my cell phone at a local McDonald’s in Oakville.

The chimp in question interrupted my call to a dear friend in NYC to tell me to stop talking, in a very loud voice mind you, and that it was offending him.

I quickly informed my fellow patron that McDonald’s is not a library and that he was in public. He immediately got over torqued, where upon he raised his voice to the point that I had to drop my call and ask for the manager of the shop.

britClearly if I was in violation of the a widely held policy of McDonald’s I would have apologized and moved on. The manager came over and made it clear that I was welcome to use my cell phone in the shop and that the former resident of the UK would have to be on his way.

He then went on to say he had bought his breakfast at the store and all I had bought was a cup of coffee. I had to let him know that before arriving at McDonald’s I had spent $520 getting my car repaired at the MasterMechanic in the plaza plus another $100 at other merchants.

At that point the large, older, former resident of the UK  invited me out to settle things up on the sidewalk. I always like when that happens. I countered his offer, as I have many times, by suggesting that he beat me senseless in front of witnesses so that I could have him charged under the criminal code and sue him for damages.

His response was to say is that all I could do is talk. True. I can and have talked my way out of many close calls. But its like I always tell my 6 1/2 year old daughter – use your words and get some adult oversight on the bullies.

If you are offended by people using their cell phones in public maybe you should stay home, there’s lots of it going on!

Make it a great November!

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