Cell phone ring tones top our list of the Top Ten office annoyances in our book I Hate People! The bells, whistles, and tunes are not only aggravating while you’re trying to get work done, they’re part of the needless interruptions that pile up during the workday.
Is it really that hard to remember to switch the phone to vibrate?
Rather than comply, the guilty theatergoer remained anonymous as the phone continued to ring.
"Grab your phone, it doesn't matter," said Jackman, the audience beginning to applaud. Still, the phone rang on.
"Come on, just turn it off ... we can wait. Just get the phone," Jackman urged the obviously terrified patron, still in hiding and unable to make a move to turn off the phone for fear of identifying himself as the offender.
The show, by playwright Keith Huff and featuring Jackman and Daniel Craig as a pair of Chicago policemen, has been getting good early reviews.
But no one expected the cast having to overcome the hurdle of a seemingly endlessly ringing cell phone.
Jackman just wanted to get back to his work — the play. "Don't be embarrassed,” he said. “Just grab it!"
The ringing finally stopped, the cell phone’s owner un-outed.
Though the play resumed, the performance was marred by the rudeness of one theater patron who not only forgot to turn off their cell phone, but lacked the decency to comply with the wishes of the star of the show they’d paid good money to see.
Sometimes it doesn't matter where you work — in a theater or in an office. If Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman can’t get someone to shut off their cell phone during a Broadway show, it shows the kind of chance you — a lone voice in the cubefarm — will have when your officemate’s phone rings.
Maybe you should try capturing the moment on video and uploading it to YouTube.
— Marc Hershon
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