This is a public restroom. You can call back later. Really.

I’m perplexed at the phone calls I overhear in the bathroom. I don’t think of the bathroom as a traditional place where you might want to be making and receiving calls. I can see if there is some sort of emergency and you need to notify someone immediately. But if you just want to catch up on the latest gossip, it seems like something you could maybe put off for a few minutes until you’re in a more favorable location. If not for yourself (and why not?), then do it for your fellow bathroom inhabitants who find themselves wanting to tell you to shut it, or if it’s a particularly interesting conversation (about 3% of the time) wanting to chime in. I can only imagine what the person on the other end of the conversation is hearing and thinking. Toilets are flushing loudly and often. The other sounds you hear in the bathroom are occurring at irregular intervals. It cannot be a big mystery where one end of the call is taking place. Maybe the person feels important. Wow, I’m so special that she took my call even though it was CLEARLY INCONVENIENT. Maybe the person feels that the fact that the other person felt they could use the facilities while talking meant that the relationship had taken a strange detour into shattered-boundaries-ville. I don’t know. It just seems to me that the person on the other end of the call should receive an opt out opportunity rather than have to remain focused on a conversation that is taking place in the midst of all that. I know I would opt out.

2 thoughts on “This is a public restroom. You can call back later. Really.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *