OCHAZUKE: Cell Phones, Grr!!


(First published in
The Rafu Shimpo on February 24, 2011.)


In the Jan. 22 issue of the Horse’s Mouth, Mr. Y. talks about two unpleasant experiences with cell phones. I sympathize with him completely.

In order to get to work, I catch three buses. Invariably there is someone talking on the cell phone on all three of the buses. Radios are banned from buses, yet cell phones are not. What’s the difference?

I was on a bus one morning going to work and I kid you not, there was a lady in front of me, a man behind me and a lady across from me all on their cell phones at the same time. By the time I got off the bus, I had a terrible headache. I, for one, would not care to have someone listening to a personal matter, such as complaining about a bill/statement, making a dinner date two weeks from now or just a plain chit chat, with a an inconsequential conversation. People talk on the cell phone walking up and down department stores/grocery store aisles and it is very annoying. I have actually had people on the cell phone bump hard into my cart because they had one hand on the cell phone while pushing the cart haphazardly with the other hand.

I was hit from behind after walking some steps away from my car by a 72-year-old lady who was on a cell phone. She hit me, I fell hard, causing two fractured ribs in my back. On top of that she lied to her insurance company, but I straightened them out on that issue.

I think people who use cell phones on the bus or in department/grocery store aisles abuse the cell phone. I see so many high school students using cell phones walking to and from their high school so engrossed in a conversation, they are not watching where they are going. I just wonder who is paying for the use of their cell phone. It is, I think, a somewhat expensive item to have.

Of course, everything has its good points, cell phones included. Cell phones are wonderful in an emergency. When I had a problem with my car, I surely wished I had a cell phone so that I could call Triple A. However, I was fortunate since a couple came walking by and kindly offered to call Triple A for me. Another time, the Greyhound bus I had scheduled to take to Fresno was full since more people than expected got in line for the same bus. If I had a cell phone, I could have called my friends of the change in time. Once again, a lady standing by offered her cell phone so that I  could make the call.

There are pros and cons in every facet of life. As I always say, it’s the person’s attitude and acceptance of any situation. However, I also firmly believe there is a time and place for everything. Cell phones on the bus should be eliminated unless an unforeseen incident happens on the bus such as an accident.


Maggie Ishino is a Rafu typist. She can be reached at [email protected] Ochazuke is a staff-written column. Opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of The Rafu Shimpo.


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