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johpal
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Grumpy old man

I've complained before on this forum about modern manners; sorry to repeat the theme, but here goes!
For my sins, I still use public transport to and from work (but a small "windfall" may permit me to change this). I have become accustomed to travelling in what is really just a public 'phone box, but yesterday evening's overheard conversation really took the biscuit. A man (with a penetrating voice) was proclaiming to a (presumed) relative, his wife's current state of health, as an in-patient in a local hospital. He spared none of the gory detail; the poor lady sitting next to him actually moved seats at one point. I work in a hospital and am often asked to "shut up" at the dinner table if discussing certain aspects of my work. Even I felt queasy at parts of this man's narrative; as to its veracity, I didn't recognise the "medical procedure" being described.
If I were to describe my work publicly in such detail, I should probably be having my collar felt, with my professional registration being in jeopardy for putting patient confidentiality perilously at risk.
On another occasion, a man on the bus was using his mobile to ring the Social Services, claiming to have had a benefits cheque stolen when his house had been burgled. From that overheard (broadcast?) conversation, everybody on the vehicle knew his name, address, date of birth and the fact that his home was currently unoccupied. If he hadn't just been burgled, who knows may have had the notion to hop of the bus and pay a visit?
I realise mobile 'phones have their uses, but why do people abuse the privacy of others in this way?
Should I have swiched on rant mode back there? Sorry. Got it off my chest now.
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Reading that I am glad that I don't use public transport, that is shocking behavior!
I use a Taxi, well off to the hospital to get Angela's meds.
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I realise mobile 'phones have their uses, but why do people abuse the privacy of others in this way?
Don't use public transport but it's the same in supermarkets.
In another thread ( Hattie Harman) there are thoughts about driving whilst using a mobile - I feel the same about people trying to steer a supermarket trolley whilst talking on a mobile.
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You should log on to web site http://www.grumpyoldsod.com/ it was posted in a thread a couple of days ago...brilliant.
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Someone call?  Angry
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There are two of us? Angry
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At least!
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always knew that Strat couldnt count, or was that a two finger salute
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Oh...how could I have forgotten King Grumpy Undecided
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Grumpy!! you lot don't know the meaning of the word...
Experience; is something you gain, just after you needed it most.

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Looks like we've got some catching up to do Undecided
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I can think of 3 more without even engaging brain.
.... and then there's me.
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CHEERFUL Shocked
That word should be in the swear filter Angry not to mention Christmas Roll eyes
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