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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Do you have email, watch Television, or use a telephone? You expect those to work any time you want them to - 24 hours a day, any day. You also probably don't want to pay what it would take to have a full working crew on-site at each facility 24 hours a day.

I guess I forget the people just don't understand what it takes to power a 24x7 economy.

I'm good at my job. People depend on me in emergencies. When my systems go down, we lose $100k per hour. This isn't a few Big Macs that aren't going to get made if I can't be reached.

I have to balance being available for these systems with having a life. It sounds like you think I should have to forego any free time because of this.

I guess maybe I should just shut the board down outside of 8-5 pm business hours, because you don't really need to have this available 24x7.



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Another thing to add to the "emergency aspect" of having a cellphone...

I have a four year-old son, and if someone is watching him while I'm at a movie and something happens, I damn well want to know about it. It doesn't happen often -- in fact, only once or twice over that four year period -- but I would seriously consider not going to a theater at all if that was their policy. I know I'm not alone.

Sure, not everyone had a cellphone beyond a decade ago, but I wasn't a parent back then. Could I survive? Sure. But as long as I'm paying money to watch the movie, I am not going to have someone tell me whether I can or can't receive calls I deem as an emergency.

Look -- I know that there are enough ignorant assholes out there who abuse their phones in a theater, classroom, or wherever else. It's just common courtesy to keep your phone on vibrate if possible and take your phone calls out of the theater when you get that call. But if someone doesn't do that, that's when you call the manager and complain. And if the managers on duty do nothing, complain to the theater. At the very least, the disruptive party is unlikely to interrupt your movie again. And it's much better to me than the alternative.

(edited by CANADIAN BULLDOG on 17.10.04 1302)


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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.80
Please don't misunderstand, I'm not trying to say that your job, or anyone else's, is not important (obviously, if you are getting paid, it's important to somebody!). And I certanly never said you were not good at your job, please don't take any of my comments personally. I'm just trying to hit at the rights of privately-owned theaters versus the rights of individuals. I just think a owner of a theater would have the right to ban cell-phones from or jam cell-phones on their own property. And I also don't think one has the right to carry a cell phone every single place if the person's property you are on does not desire you to carry one.

By the same token, I don't believe it should be law (in fact, I would be very, very much against that), as it is simply a private owner issue. The end effect is that probably most theaters don't take this step (and if fact, if many customers felt the same way as you do, they wouldn't take this step, free enterprise working as it should). But I think if a particular theater thinks they need to, they should and would have that right in my opinion.

And just to clarify, I'm not even saying that they SHOULD take this step, I haven't had much of a problem personally, and I think the usher solution should be perfectably acceptable. But it seemed to me that the earlier comments were implying that theaters didn't even have the right to do this, and that is what I am disagreeing with.

Just like you have the right to shut this board down outside of the 8-5pm hours, run it just for one hour, not run it at all, etc. because it's YOUR board, so it is YOUR right.

(edited by ges7184 on 18.10.04 1254)


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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.36
I love going to the theatres, and I've never once had to deal with people using cellphones there. My cell is on 24/7, and when I'm in church, at the movies, or what not...it's on vibrate.

However, if the theatres decide to jam cellphones, and I miss an emergency call (i.e. my girlfriend is in an accident and needs me there ASAP) I'll certainly be looking for blood, and may sue.

My cellphone is on me all the time, for family emergency purposes...and I don't think they theatres have any right to shut them down during the course of a movie.

(edited by SOK on 18.10.04 2132)


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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.02
Do these jammers block pagers?
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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by messenoir
    Do these jammers block pagers?


Do people even use pagers anymore?

My best friend lived and died by her pager until she got rid of it in 2002. Everyone knew her number, she was scared of getting hit with extra mins on a cell plan, but it was like $60 a month. Plus, she could never get to a phone when some one called her.

I'd hate to be a pager salesman. "Think of it as a one-way cell phone at twice the cost!"

The only time I see a pager being used is in C.S.I., and they're using cell phones more and more on the show.




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Now you mention it, I don't think I've seen a pager since high school, about 6 years ago. Used to be the damn style, people walking around with 3 or 4 pagers clipped on there pants, and teachers confiscating them by the dozens. That was so stupid yet so benevolent compared with those evil cell phones. Now there's a reason to miss the 90's.
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We use pagers in our business. I work in home health care and we have about 250 employees, with just 6 to 8 "on call" each weekend and evening. It's cheaper to pay for and use 8 pagers than it is to outfit all 250 with cell phones.




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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.74
If you consider a BlackBerry and the like to be pagers, then there are still tons of them out there... But I can't remember the last time I saw a traditional alphanumberic pager out there. I got rid of mine in 2000, and even then I was kind of the last one I knew to have one.



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I had my Skytel up until I was laid off...I was the only one in the group to still have an actual 800 number!



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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.02
I guess the question is: Could you carry a pager into the movie theatre, and go use a pay phone if you really need to talk on the phone.

I'm just not sure if scramblers would also scramble the pager.
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#32 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.51
It's all about COURTESY. I agree that jamming the signal would prevent someone from being contacted in an emergency. I would be LIVID if something happened and I couldn't be contacted. I own a cell phone and have the common courtesy to put it on vibrate when at church, at a restaurant, etc. If some asshole decides that talking loudly in a restaurant makes him so prestigious and self-important, he's only making an ass of himself...the courteous ones will turn the ringer off. It's just something we have to put up with. But I will say something....that's intolerable. By the way, does anyone remember the story about some guy in a theater whose phone rang during a stage performance and had all the actors stop what they were doing and give the guy their two cents worth about the interruption? That must have been awesome...lol.



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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.36
hehehehe...it used to be such a status thing, for everyone at a restaurant to put their cellphones on their tables. My brother always made such an issue of that. It was like penis envy to him. :-)

I always refused, deciding to keep it either in my pocket or on my belt (my phone, not my, well...you know) in case of a call. Lord knows a vibrating phone on a wooden table can make almost as much noise as a ringtone!



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