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Some people talk on their cellphone while riding on buses and
trains. As annoying as they can be, THEY often get annoyed
themselves if anyone around them appears to be listening to -
even comments on - their conversation.
Carry this to the extreme to get people to NOT use their
on public transit. Coaches could be outfitted with a
microphone, a light, and a speaker above each seat. As soon as
someone starts talking on their cellphone, the light would start
blinking, the microphone would pick up both sides of the
conversation, and the overhead speaker would broadcast the
conversation for all to hear.
Most people would get flustered and hang up immediately.
who insisted on carrying on would quickly find it impossible due
to the feedback - and dirty looks from other commuters - and
hang up anyway.
The driver/conductor could disable the system in case an
emergency arose requiring the use of a cellphone.
Dom Jolly on his big phone
"Hello? What? No! I'm on the bus!" [zen_tom, Oct 07 2021]
||Hello? Can you hear me? Yes I'm on the halfbakery, its quite quiet at the moment... no its fine... yes... yes... No nothing any good.... No I wouldn't go that far! But its still a bit... you know.... Oh him? Yes completely! I mean... what? No! Don't be rediculous! ... Oh OK I suppose so. Did you see, no wait there's someone coming, I'd better pretend to be thinking up something useful or witty. See you later, by-ee
||//Don't be rediculous!// <everyone else on the bus>"Do you
mean *ridiculous*, perhaps?"</eeotb>