Phone Etiquette

I know it’s a dead art. I’m not silly, you know. But, boy, I’d like people to do this one little thing:

When dialing the phone, do not be in the middle of another conversation. Finish that one then begin the next.

I don’t think that’s too much to ask, do you?

I find it incredibly annoying to pick up the phone and hear the middle of someone else’s conversation. When that happens (and it happens often enough for me to have a procedure) I listen for a moment, sussing that I am not a party to the conversation, then gently hang up.

The phone will ring moments later and the person will tell me they just called but must have been disconnected.

“No.” I will respond. “You were talking to someone else so I figured you’d rather be talking to them so hung up on you.”

I continually go through my life being told how rude I am so, I guess, it must be true.

5 responses to “Phone Etiquette

  1. Definitely ingenious & cerebral. Absolutely piercing & astute, always authentic, adroit and forthright. Only dumbasses without access to would call you rude.

  2. Yeah, but them that do often call me abrupt, abusive, bad-mannered, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, blunt, boorish, brusque, brutish, cheeky, churlish, coarse, crabbed, crude, curt, discourteous, graceless, gross, gruff, ignorant, illiterate, impertinent, impolite, impudent, inconsiderate, insolent, insulting, intrusive, loutish, low, obscene, offhand, peremptory, raw, savage, scurrilous, short, surly, uncivil, uncivilized, uncouth, uncultured, uneducated, ungracious, unmannerly, unpolished, unrefined, vulgar, wild and, my personal favorite, poopy head.

  3. Hell ya! I answer phones for two non-profits and I’m tired of listening to people who aren’t listening to me. Also, does anyone in the world know how to ask a question. Why can’t people just say this – I need to speak to the person who can answer this question “Who handles fundraising?” I don’t need to know how you met someone in your spinning class and they introduced you to our charity. AGGHH!!! I answered 50 phone calls in 20 minutes my first day and no one could friggin talk right. Sorry to rant, lol, but I’m due back in the morning.

  4. Aah. poopy head. whispered like sweet nothings…

  5. . . .from one republican to another.

    “Sarah Palin. . .Elisabeth Hasselbeck. . .”

    Sorry, but when it’s a wide open three, I’m taking it.

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