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Re: Restaurant Etiquette

Talking on a cellphone, or texting, while in company is plain RUDE.
Unless one excuses oneself for a quick repartč or reply - better still to take oneself off to the "rest room" to discuss or text privately.

It`s the equivalent of having a face-to-face conversation and then abruptly turning away to talk to someone passing by.

For me - if a person is interupted by a phone call, and it extends for a rather long time, without an apology or explanation for its urgency, I simply take my stuff and vanish.

Yesterday, Sunday, at a restaurant, I watched a group of 4 young ladies, having a Fondue, each was busy scrolling on her iPhone, or texting, or whatever! SO bored with each other?
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Old 31.10.2011, 14:04
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Yesterday, Sunday, at a restaurant, I watched a group of 4 young ladies, having a Fondue, each was busy scrolling on her iPhone, or texting, or whatever! SO bored with each other?
They ALL had your number?
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Old 31.10.2011, 14:10
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Old 31.10.2011, 14:16
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Pouah! I would have left her there, on her own and let her marrying her mobile.
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Pouah! I would have left her there, on her own and let her marrying her mobile.
Meh, I presume it was some form of pre-arranged gimmick. Them crazy Amis!
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Old 31.10.2011, 14:33
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Pouah! I would have left her there, on her own and let her marrying her mobile.
I think it's her dad, waiting to give her away.

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Meh, I presume it was some form of pre-arranged gimmick. Them crazy Amis!
First thought here too, but the poor fellow looks so awkward, and he almost raises his left arm to motion to her but then doesn't
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he probably thought, "best to let this one go..."
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In Switzerland, when out to dinner with a group of people, if one person spends most of their time on their mobile phone, either SMS or voice calls, is this considered rude? I certainly find it annoying.
Was it a pink-slipped Novartis expat doing a telephone interview with a company in North America?
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Old 31.10.2011, 15:22
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EDIT: Just curious but why is that expats see some random example of "anti social behaviour" and immediately attach a Swiss label to it? Doesn't the rest of the world suffer from ill mannered idiots any more or did they just all move here?
Why is when someone sees one expat attach a Swiss label to something, suddenly, I'm guilty too?
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Why is when someone sees one expat attach a Swiss label to something, suddenly, I'm guilty too?
I don't know, I guess we are all guilty of it in varying degrees. A quick glance around either Daily Life or Complaints Corner throws up dozens of examples of random anti-social behaviour with some whinge about "is this 'normal' in Switzerland" as if there are no instances of anti-social behaviour anywhere else in the world.
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Old 31.10.2011, 15:39
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In Switzerland, when out to dinner with a group of people, if one person spends most of their time on their mobile phone, either SMS or voice calls, is this considered rude? I certainly find it annoying.
You should try to call her first to see if she is ignoring you.

Otherwise, send her an SMS to tell her to stop being rude.



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Don't know why this would be confined to Switzerland. It's rude in any neck of the woods, anywhere.
Yep, Switzerland has nothing to do with it..... Rude is Rude.

Mobile phones have been around for ....what..... 20 years?
Anyone who says "It's a cultural thing" is an idiot.


@Caviarchips - I loved how Wolli missed the fine print in your earlier post.... classic !!!
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Old 31.10.2011, 20:35
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Re: Restaurant Etiquette

well there is a definite concensus that this type of behaviour is rude! Thanks for all your replies guys.
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Old 31.10.2011, 22:40
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[QUOTE=Mud;1393109]I think it's her dad, waiting to give her away.

The sooner the better
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Old 31.10.2011, 22:47
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I don't know, I guess we are all guilty of it in varying degrees. A quick glance around either Daily Life or Complaints Corner throws up dozens of examples of random anti-social behavior with some whinge about "is this 'normal' in Switzerland" as if there are no instances of anti-social behaviour anywhere else in the world.
Maybe I should visit Switzerland soon.I am in need of some anti social behavior
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Old 31.10.2011, 22:50
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@Caviarchips - I loved how Wolli missed the fine print in your earlier post.... classic !!!
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It is rude for you, in your culture, or your education. Not rude in other culture.

I don't like it either. But to use those words? If the person who does it is from same background and culture, fine. If the person is from a different culture, let's try to find out first before to use strong words like these.
It may be strong words, ok, but I 100% believe in this judgment and regard such people as badly behaving
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It is rude for you, in your culture, or your education. Not rude in other culture.

I don't like it either. But to use those words? If the person who does it is from same background and culture, fine. If the person is from a different culture, let's try to find out first before to use strong words like these.
I don't think it is particularly linked to any cultural behaviour, though. It's all down to respect, which crosses all cultures. Any group of people anywhere in the world in any group social setting would probably feel affronted to some degree if one of the group was doing their own thing and basically ignoring the rest.

This thread talks about someone tapping away on a mobile phone in a restaurant whilst ignoring the group but it could easily be somebody humming away to themselves and not paying attention at a religious ceremony somewhere else in the world. I think they would be regarded by their peers in the same light - rude and disrespectful.
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Old 01.11.2011, 17:29
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This thread talks about someone tapping away on a mobile phone in a restaurant whilst ignoring the group but it could easily be somebody humming away to themselves and not paying attention at a religious ceremony somewhere else in the world. I think they would be regarded by their peers in the same light - rude and disrespectful.
she wasn't ignoring the group. She had the phone to her ear, chatting to people in the group and on the phone, then sending SMSs all at the same time. She was on the phone for about an hour but intermittently interacting with others around the table
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In Switzerland, when out to dinner with a group of people, if one person spends most of their time on their mobile phone, either SMS or voice calls, is this considered rude? I certainly find it annoying.
not if you are boring and talking/texting somebody else is more interesting

but in all seriousness, there are various cultures where this is perfectly normal. i know of some places where people yak on their mobiles all the way through a film at cinemas...
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but in all seriousness, there are various cultures where this is perfectly normal. i know of some places where people yak on their mobiles all the way through a film at cinemas...
Is not "culture" something to do with the accepted behaviour of societies of different lands and races?

Yakking or texting on a mobile phone has nothing to do with "culture" - it is just sheer bad manners and lack of etiquette - the same as people who belch loudly and openly in public..... or fart silently......or loudly.
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I think technology, especially mobiles/laptops etc. has lead to a certain redefining of boundaries of acceptable behaviour. Personally I'd have no problem at all with someone sitting on a laptop or talking on a phone in a fast food environment. However earlier this year we walked out of a good London French restaurant (which we returned to for a dinner on Monday after an excellent lunch Sunday) because a woman in a business suit at the next table was sat tapping away at a laptop whilst a group of businessmen were yapping away loudly on and off phones at another table which completely ruined the ambiance - which had been perfect on the Sunday. The staff were sympathetic but management ought really to have asked the women to close her laptop.

I understand that people who work for modern corporations face increasing pressure to be permanently contactable but wish they would conduct their wireless connectivity business in their hotel rooms and at least leave people spending their own hard-earned on a fancy meal the peace to enjoy it.
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