Originally Posted by Kiernan
As a southerner I feel that "we" are programed to be a little more forgiving and compensating.
Finally, some comedy in the thread. Maybe the part of the South you come from is different from the part I grew up in?
From my experience, there are two traditionally-southern options for a response:
- If you are small and/or a woman, use polite passive aggression, as in "wow that sure is a naaace phone you got their, too bad you hayaaave to shaaout intew it to be heard. Eeis it braewken? Eit lewks expayinsive--must've kawst you a munth's pay aet leayist!" This approach works best if you have long red fingernails and two-inch-thick makeup.
- If you are a man, and larger than the person on the phone, threaten to beat the crap out of the person on the phone. "Do I have to kick someone's ass today?", "You ain't frum around here, ah kayn tayel..." "My dad is the sheriff and we can make you disappear", etc.
Option 1 is preferred...because in a polite setting like the library you have
to act nice. But, it's totally OK if you do it in a mean-spirited, back-stabbity way.
I always look at it from the other person's perspective. While it may be some @$$ who always has a phone glued to their ear, you never know what the other person's situation is. Could it be a very important call?
Let's see... maybe it's a call from an inexperienced passenger who valiantly defeated the terrorists and now only this one airline pilot in the library is available to safely talk him in.
I hadn't really considered that possibility.