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Speaker phones are an evil scourge

By Montgomery Gator ·
I work in a cubicle farm with 8 other developers. We are surrounded by other IT groups, such as the network group and the server farm group. For some unknown reason, the other groups seem to be very fond of using the speaker phones, but we see no need to use them. I have mentioned this concern to my boss, and he agrees, there is no need for these people to use the speaker phones and disturb the rest of the department. He has spoken to the other supervisors, but to no avail, other than a (very) short term reduction in this annoying activity. Any suggestions? Also, can someone explain the reason why people would use speaker phones? Is it because they are oblivions? Is it because they are sociopaths? Maybe they enjoy annoying people? Are they too lazy to pick up and hold the receiver? Do they think they do not look good if they use a headset? Or are they self-important? Other than this sick behaviour, I otherwise get along quite well with these other people, and have a good working relationship. I have not talked to them directly about this, since my supervisor prefers for me to go through channels and talk to him about it instead of going to them directly.

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Open speaker.

by tbragsda In reply to A funny story

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So, while back I worked with a Greek woman. She was sweet, sexy, beautiful, okok I had a HUGE crush on her. If anyone knows any Greeks, they don't do much dating/marrying outside the Greek community. Hence no real chance for me. But we did work closely together for a few years, and I always enjoyed the fantasy. She got engaged to a Greek guy, no big surprise. One night we were working together very late restoring a server. She was talking to him on the phone, got a little peeved (figured it really was about me and her hanging around all night in a server room) and slammed down the phone. She sat back down next to me, and we chatted for about half a hr ABOUT HIM. She went back to the phone to call in a update on the server, speakerphone was on, and hubby to be had been listening the entire time. WOOPS!

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I DID THAT (to my wife)

by jdclyde In reply to Open speaker.

Picture the scene. Me, my bud, middle of a gold course on a sunny day and a cooler full (now half full) of beer. (yes, pissy american beer)

The wife calls me on my buds cell to ask me to get her some cheese because she wanted some. (we live four blocks from a store).

I declined as SHE KNEW I was golfing and had another two hours left.

After hanging up, I proceeded to tell my bud that the dumb beatch wanted me to go get her cheese because she couldn't be bothered to do it her self. Turns out, if you hold the button like I did it will RECONNECT you with the last number called. She listened for about ten minutes, and lets just say it was NOT a warm reception home that night. No playing with mommy parts for a few days after that for me. Thank GOD for internet porn.

I don't like cell phones. They just get you in trouble.

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Rationalizations

by JamesRL In reply to I DID THAT (to my wife)

The CELL PHONE???? got you in trouble??

I think your wife, my wife and I would agree, you got yourself in trouble.....

One of my former business partners(same guy who went to Men without Hats dentist) told me the story (he swore it was true) of the woman who wrote a "Dear John" letter on her Original IBM PC - you know - green screen and all.

She wrote it on a Friday afternoon, and left the monitor on all weekend. By Monday, she had changed her mind, but there was the faint image of her letter etched on the green screen as long as she used it. I'm not sure I believe him, but its an entertaining story.

James

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My story

by jdclyde In reply to Rationalizations

And I am sticking to it.

If wasn't for that cell phone, I would have got mommy parts.

Bad cell phone, bad!

it IS the thought that counts, right?

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Well it is possible

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Rationalizations

I still remember those screens with a clear image of the old Lotus 123 Logo burnt into the back of the screen when they where turned off.

I don't know how the people used them at the time but it was a common occurrence and if it did actually happen it would be a constant reminder to her wouldn't it?

Col ]:)

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Check snopes

by Oz_Media In reply to Rationalizations



Actually I disagree,it WAS the evil cell phone or the evil wife.

The wife "asks" for the cell phone number, intrusion in golf game.

The wife CALLS the cell phone number, intrusion on golf game.

The wife asks you ot go to the store on the way HOME?, SERIOUS intrusion on golf game.

The wife rags on you when you get home, time to play ANOTHER round of golf.

What was the point of playing golf with a buddy in the first place, why not rent your wife a cart and bring her along too? Why not drag the kids along while you're at it? Better still can we discuss the monthly budget on the 5th?

My god, where does it end? sheeesh!

Cell phone rings on 2nd hole, ooooooops, water hazard, see you when I get home honey! buh-bye.

Golf course are for talking trash and drinking beer while smacking a little white ball around endlessly. NOT reality checks.

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I have the opposite problem

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to I DID THAT (to my wife)

I'm constantly forgetting to pickup my cell phone every time I go out particularly when "She Who Must Be Obeyed" moves it. If it isn't right in front of my face when I walk out I forget the thing every time without exception.

One time I realized that the phone was not on my belt and I spent several hours backtracking looking for the thing and eventually I rang home to tell Her In Doors that I had lost the phone and would be a little while still trying to find it. I of course got the response well you left it here deliberately and what have you been up to?

Col ]:)

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And they wonder why we drink?

by Oz_Media In reply to I have the opposite probl ...

tsk!

Amen brother, DOWN with the woman!!!

Sorry, getting into this part of the thread too much I think. :)

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ALRIGHT!

by Oz_Media In reply to I DID THAT (to my wife)

A GOLD course!!! Man, all we have is grass and sand!

NO wonder Tiger's so rich! LOL Turn up with a driver, putter and a sluice box for the waterholes.

Actually as someone with admittedly the worst case of 'typo-itis' on TR, I LOVE to point out other people's typo's, makes me feel clever. :)

Am sorry to hear about the lack of mummy bits though, no man should be subject to such horror as not having bits and pieces to play with.

Then again, that's why WE got the weenies, so we can have fun pointing to stuff and playing lighthouse in the tub on just such occasions.

Nooooooo, mr tug boat look out for the lighthouse aaaaaahhhhhhh !!!

women just don't understand that's all.

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Ahem

by CuteElf In reply to ALRIGHT!

rofl. just rofl

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