Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When NOT to talk on the phone

There are lots of obvious, inappropriate times to be chatting it up on the telephone.

For instance, at the movies or during a wedding. Clearly, one should not talk on the phone at these times.

While doing the dishes or giving a small child a bath are two more good examples of when not to use the phone. Can I get an "Amen" from anyone who has ever dropped a phone into warm, sudsy water?

This next one is a little less obvious, but I personally believe that the check out line at the grocery store should also be avoided as a talk time venue. Because the checker, bagger and any other surrounding shoppers just really don't care to listen to your conversation. Save that phone call for the car! (If my husband happens to be reading this, I of course mean everyone else should save their phone calls for the car. I certainly never use my cell phone while driving. Ahem-hem.)

And of course, one should never ever attempt to talk on the phone while simultaneously purchasing airfare online!

Because one might just click "confirm and purchase" and then realize that she booked her family's return flight for a month later than desired.

And then one might find that she has to spend the next hour and a half to correct a ten-second mistake.

And after one has spent said hour calling the airline, canceling the flight, receiving a travel voucher to use to repurchase a flight online (since of course one can't get the cheapo web only fare over the phone), calling the airline back because the website won't accept more than four types of payments (and since the website also automatically split the voucher money even between the four purchased tickets) it wouldn't allow one to use her credit card to pay the $30 per ticket difference changing one's flight incurred, getting back online and making two separate reservations in order to "beat the system" and typing in every one's name and birthday every.single.time one does this!

After all that, one might sit back and think it would have just been easier to spend an extra month at one's sister's house.

So in conclusion, next time hang up the phone, complete the task at hand and then call your sister back for a nice long chat. You'll be glad you did!


imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh.my.word. What a nightmare!! Thank you for the warning, because if this had happened to me, I think I would have ended up in a heap-- too embarrassed to tell the Husband what I had done and too mortified to fix it.

Well done for you getting it sorted!

Kelli said...

Oh no...I will be sure to remember this tip.

Kmama said...

So basically you took a trip to Hell? OMG. I am so not envious.

Dysfunctional Mom said...

My phone always seems to ring just as I'm walking up to the checkout line. It drives me crazy because I hate to talk on the phone while checking out, but I hate to ignore the call....
Your mistake totally sounds like something I would do; I am great at multitasking but not if it includes talking on the phone, that just throws my brain into some weird gear!

Emmy said...

Oh my gosh! That would be horrible! But, hey I don't think I will ever forget this- I think I learned from your lesson :)

Krystyn said...

Oh, no! Did you get it worked out?

You also shouldn't do it when you are putting in for a sub, or you might put it in for the wrong date and then get to work and discover there is a sub for you and there is nothing you can do about it!

PS You also shouldn't be on the phone (tweeting, none-the-less) at a musical!

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Oh boy. Heh.

I totally hate to be on the phone while checking out at the store.