ParkTales - On the gadget-obsessed

 

Frances scores the lack of courtesy by the gadget-obsessed

who annoy public with noise, texting, personal arguments

By Frances Sedgwick
True North Perspective
 
Frances Sedgwick's keen eye and ear for the human condition reveals the heart and soul of Parkdale in southwest Toronto, one of the country's most turbulent urban areas where the best traditions of human kindness prevail against powerful forces that would grind them down. True North Perspective proudly presents a column by writer Frances Sedgwick. Her critical observation combined with a tender sense of humour will provide you with something to think about ... and something to talk about.

Returning home using public transit, brought to mind a letter to the editor I read in the Toronto Star several weeks ago.

The letter to the editor raised the need for cell-free zones. Apparently this exists in a country in Europe. Can't remember the country.
 
I totally agree with this.
 
I would add there needs to be etiquette for using cell phones, texting, and ipodes that spew music that not all of us want to listen to.
 
I have yet to ride on public transit without loud music permeating the subway car or streetcar. Or without some loud voice having a personal argument with someone on their cell phone that we all have to hear but not give advice on.
 
I have on occasion asked the person with earphones blaring to please tone it down.   Isn't that the purpose of the earphones — to confine the music to the individual?
 
Now texting is another problem. As far as I am concerned another "addiction". Another safety hazard.
 
As I was returning home, tired, walking up the subway stairs all of a sudden the young woman in front of me stopped, almost throwing me back down the stairs.
 
I quickly regained my balance and saw she was texting while going up the subway stairs.
Well, I told her what a dangerous thing she was doing and what almost happened.
 
She just looked at me with a blank look on her face.
 
Tonight, as I was going to a meeting, I had to take the bus at rush hour.
 
I got on the bus and it was crowded.
 
Overlooking the front rows, it is clearly marked on the windows to please give up these seats for people with disabilities, seniors, or mothers-to-be.
 
I got on and had to stand right in front of seated passengers totally involved in texting or playing with their hand held as I call them "toys".
 
I watched in amusement to see how so many were engrossed with these electronic gadgets.
 
Then an elderly man with a cane got on the bus. Not one person rose to give him a seat.
 
I was obviously outraged and said to the gentleman, ask someone to get up.
 
He said never mind.
 
I was about to make a loud statement when a stop came and a seat became available.
 
On another occasion I saw a young woman go straight through a stop light in a busy intersection engrossed on her cell phone.
 
In a store as I was waiting in line a customer continued her loud conversation while paying her bill — the sales clerk patiently waiting as the woman balanced her cell phone, wallet, and credit card.

Come on now, we need to have some etiquette, or cell-free zones for those who don't know better.
 
My Parkdale
 
 

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