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CathHarmony 13.03.2017 19:35

To wear or not to wear?
 
ok, so today two things happened

Scenario 1
I was in a shop and an elderly gentleman with a cane was trying to get to the cash register but there was one of those guided lines where you loop around, he didn't like the look of it ;) and just started circumventing it before the cash register lady waved him back to the looping line..

he grumbled , i laughed and made a joke that this line (system) was for the more unruly customers, he joked back and said yes thats me

Scenario 2
A height challenged indian lady was trying to reach a family pack of custard creams on the top shelf and motioned to me and asked if I could reach for her, which of course I gladly did.


I don't think I would have had these exchanges if I had my passive and active noise cancelling head phones on.. and I would miss not participating in community life in such simple ways..

What are your thoughts on wearing these headphones in shops.. trains.. busses.. and human contact. Is it a bit rude?

k_and_e 13.03.2017 19:37

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
i don't see the poll options

Guest 13.03.2017 19:41

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
The majority of communication is non verbal. You can go a long way with body language and gestures (I know, also body language). Keep them on, for the craic.

Plau Deri 13.03.2017 19:46

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
I think, it's fine to wear them, as long as you don't sing along...

curley 13.03.2017 19:47

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
I can see your headphones will accompany us through the year 2017 ;)

What's with the poll? You set it up - you voted - you closed it? LOL, Erdogan can learn from you.

swisspea 13.03.2017 20:57

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
I suspect that wearing noise cancelling headphones during everyday life is the equivalent to deliberately giving yourself a hearing impairment...certainly not something I would recommend - we rely on our hearing to alert us to problems (and not just 'social communication') and dangers, far more than we think...

gata 13.03.2017 22:09

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Public transport, yes why not.
Walking in the street, yes but pay attention to whats going on around you
Riding a bicycle with headphones on, you are an idiot
In a shop, you are rude

John_H 13.03.2017 22:32

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Noise cancelling earphones will degrade your spacial awareness .. Don't do it.

People who just don't get what's going on around them should simply be kicked in the face.. For example those who stop at the top of an escalator and just look around, step off the train and just stop, stand still aimlessly in a shop doorway, stand looking at phone preventing the tram door from closing.. etc etc..

Just don't

VFR on top 13.03.2017 23:01

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by John_H (Post 2755725)
Noise cancelling earphones will degrade your spacial awareness .. Don't do it.

People who just don't get what's going on around them should simply be kicked in the face.. For example those who stop at the top of an escalator and just look around, step off the train and just stop, stand still aimlessly in a shop doorway, stand looking at phone preventing the tram door from closing.. etc etc..

Just don't

That's called being European. Nothing to do with headphones.

MusicChick 13.03.2017 23:24

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by John_H (Post 2755725)
Noise cancelling earphones will degrade your spacial awareness .. Don't do it.

People who just don't get what's going on around them should simply be kicked in the face.. For example those who stop at the top of an escalator and just look around, step off the train and just stop, stand still aimlessly in a shop doorway, stand looking at phone preventing the tram door from closing.. etc etc..

Just don't

Naw, that's not European. That's here.

John_H 13.03.2017 23:28

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Quote:

Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 2755741)
Naw, that's not European. That's here.

You are nicely picking up scottish :)

curley 13.03.2017 23:53

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 2755741)
Naw, that's not European. That's here.

xcuse me, us Swiss are still in Europe ..... it's a continent not just a hopeless club called EC :msnsarcastic:

MusicChick 14.03.2017 00:43

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
I didn't mean to imply CH is out of Europe..I just meant to say I haven't seen such skilled folks blocking pedestrian traffic elsewhere :D

Urs Max 14.03.2017 00:44

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 2755760)
I didn't mean to imply CH is out of Europe..I just meant to say I haven't seen such skilled folks blocking pedestrian traffic elsewhere :D

Mhhh...must be why there's an anglicism for it :rolleyes:

MusicChick 14.03.2017 00:45

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
What is it? Bouchon?

Anjela 14.03.2017 00:53

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 2755762)
What is it? Bouchon?

Queue.

MusicChick 14.03.2017 01:00

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Ha! That's a French loan, from Latin originally. :D

Bouchons and brainfarts in pedestrian traffic are delicacies.

Anjela 14.03.2017 01:18

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MusicChick (Post 2755768)
Ha! That's a French loan, from Latin originally. :D

Bouchons and brainfarts in pedestrian traffic are delicacies.

Pretty certain bouchon is french... (and a form of cheese).

PS; the english don't borrow words, they shamelessly nick 'em.

Sbrinz 14.03.2017 10:23

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
I don't know of any bouchon cheese... but, using Google translate, traffic jam, stopper, cork, wad.

I am missing the chicken theme, it is a very small part on this thread,
https://www.google.ch/?gws_rd=ssl#q=chicken+jumpers&*

papasmurf 14.03.2017 10:40

Re: To wear or not to wear?
 
If in a shop or somewhere where its likely to need to listen or talk then I just free one ear of headphones


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