Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Dear Fatty Manchild...

... I realize that you are far too busy surfing the internet to be bothered to answer your cell phone. On most occasions, I might even respect this. However, whoever is phoning you clearly wishes to speak with you in a most desperate manner, for they have been phoning and rephoning you once per minute for the past eight minutes, allowing each ring cycle to ring its fullest. And while we currently have no anti-cell phone policies preventing you from allowing your phone to ring ad infinitum, I must take issue with your decision to do so, as opposed to simply turning it off or declining the calls. I say this, because your decision to allow your phone to ring so frequently has meant that the rest of us have been subjected to repeated performances of your ringtone choice of Kid Rock's "Bawitdaba" at your phone's top volume.

One very practical and satisfying method for muffling that noise comes immediately to my mind, sir. Pray I don't entertain it further.

Yours with malice,



Dances With Books said...

You guys definitely need to get a cell phone policy in place ASAP. Sooner or later some patron will complain over the noise, and you will have to confront.

As for entertaining the thought, you are more restrained that I would have been.

A Real Librarian said...

I feel your pain, Juice!

And now I have Bawitdaba stuck in my head! lol

Anonymous said...

Is there a reason why your library has not implemented a no cell phone policy? It's a library not a club!

tiny robot said...

I think the new policy should include head-butting and kicking people when they're on the ground.

Anonymous said...


We HAD a no cell phone policy. It was deemed to "unfriendly" (really, a board member often has to take *extremely* important calls while in the library) Now our policy is "Cell phones are permitted in the lobby and function room, Please".

I still have to ask at least 25 people a day to turn their phones to vibrate so we aren't all assaulted by Bawitdaba or SexyBack.

K2.0 said...

Seriously, Juice, you guys are way too forgiving! You need a No Stank Policy. No Cellphone policy. One hour of PC use a day. Time to put the hammer down!

You can subscribe to the PUBLIB-L listserv and ask other libs. to share their policies if your director needs some encoueragement.

An employee of a small town "liberry" chronicles his quest to remain sane while dealing with patrons who could star in a short-lived David Lynch television series.