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Head down, nose to the phone

Postby Baas Babelaas » 19 May 2012, 21:46

You've seen it a 1000 times before - someone walking, perhaps riding a bike or scooter with their full attention on their phone in their hand, completely oblivious to the world around them.

They're either self-centred, addicted to their phone (due to an overwhelmingly desperately empty life outside of it), or engaged in a must-read message/game of Angry Birds at that point.

You've seen them, because your head is NOT up your ass, and you do assess your surroundings periodically, especially in a very full place like Taiwan or China.

They're on a crash course collision with you.

Do you:
A - step aside to let them walk/ride/drive past, nose to the phone
B - yell out a "whoop whoop" to pull them out of their world, and let them know you're coming the other way
C - hold your line, and let them crash into you (human on human, I'm 87kg, works a treat if/when I do it)

My friend reckons that they're working on the theory of 'if I haven't seen it, I don't need to acknowledge it, therefor it doesn't exist', and we as the see-ers 'have seen and acknowledged, thus must move'.

Your take?
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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby TheGingerMan » 19 May 2012, 22:14

Warning blaze across their front upon visual contact.
Hostile glance & the odd audio message upon pass by.
Good luck to all those in their path.
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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby Confuzius » 20 May 2012, 01:02

If I am walking, let them crash right into me...actually brace for impact and give just the slightest bodily shove in their direction.

If they are on a bike or scooter, do my best to get their attention at the VERY last minute...but when I have already placed myself somehow where they will almost definitely wipe out from having to over correct at the very last second (serves them right).
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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby Petrichor » 20 May 2012, 06:10

At 5' 2" and 50kgs (okay, maybe nearer 55) I get the hell out of the way.

I can never figure out what people find to talk about so much. :s
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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby Teddoman » 20 May 2012, 06:47

Awesome Seinfeld observation, I've had it myself but never actually heard anyone talk about it before.

Even worse than this is when a couple, or a parent and kids, willfully uses the entire width of a narrow (American-size) sidewalk, despite seeing you far in advance. They just keep taking up the entire width of it and forcing both of you into a standoff situation. They usually wait until the very last minute to make the slightest move to the side to barely make way. When a far more socially acceptable approach would be for them to get into single file when passing you.

Usually I just stop and wait for them to pass me, but in my mind I'm always thinking about how ill mannered and anti-social that is to make someone stop.
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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby Baas Babelaas » 20 May 2012, 07:53

Pure self-centredness?
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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby jimipresley » 20 May 2012, 08:40

Teddoman wrote:Awesome Seinfeld observation

Bourgeois nonsense. Do people REALLY still watch rich, Jewish people in America, in banal sitcoms, running around like clowns?

I despair.
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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby merge » 20 May 2012, 09:23

jimipresley wrote:
Teddoman wrote:Awesome Seinfeld observation

Bourgeois nonsense. Do people REALLY still watch rich, Jewish people in America, in banal sitcoms, running around like clowns?

I despair.


Hijacking a thread before 9:30 am...

Baas Babelaas wrote:Pure self-centredness?
Your pal.
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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby jimipresley » 20 May 2012, 09:30

merge wrote:
Hijacking a thread before 9:30 am...

The incorrect use of ellipses before 9:30 AM? Horrifying!
You can live here and have a great life and not be the least bit into living the local life. Clowns will try to diss you for it saying you gotta get down with the program, but fuck em, treat this place like a buffet and yous be on a diet. Take what you want and nothing extra, slam those oysters, but leave the bread sticks and dinner rolls behind. - Deuce Dropper

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Re: Head down, nose to the phone

Postby merge » 20 May 2012, 09:33

jimipresley wrote:
merge wrote:
Hijacking a thread before 9:30 am...

The incorrect use of ellipses before 9:30 AM? Horrifying!


Grammar correction as self-defense? Desperate!
Your pal.

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