Travel etiquette tip: Don’t talk on your phone in a public restroom

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. To start your week off right, let’s talk about something that we’ve all new phoneexperienced….the bathroom phone conversation. Reader N writes,

I have begun traveling for my job in the last month and I am horrified at the number of women that answer phone calls in the bathroom stalls at the airport.

First, there is usually along line and I don’t think one person, dancing and prancing in that congo line, wants to know how your flight was, flush, flush.  It would make me gag if I was on the other end of that phone call if I realized where you were.  

Secondly, my goodness, I rushed to the restroom for as much privacy as possible. I know if I can hear your relatives bellowing on the phone in the stall next to me on your cell phone, odds are they can hear me.

Great point, and colorful as well. What is it with the people that feel the need to have a phone conversation while in a public restroom? Obviously this isn’t limited to airports, but it seems to happen all the time! If you have to share your thoughts with someone in that moment, send a text. If someone is coming to the airport to pick you up you can call them back. It’s not an appropriate time or place!

Readers, what are your thoughts on phone calls in public restrooms?

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  1. OMG, last month we were staying at a Double Tree, my wife used the restroom in the lobby and had this women in the next stall in some mundane conversation. Well she released the kraken and that ended the conversation 😀

  2. One of the worst of the bad habits… So many do it but no one will admit it. The worst offenders are the ones on speaker phone!!!! Yes I have heard it all in my few short months on the road.

  3. I walked into a public restromm and saw someones phone on the floor at their feet. How gross!

  4. I completely AGREE! Perhaps the next time someone does it, yell out and tell her stop talking in the bathroom? That would embarrass her for sure.
    Just thinking about it, this phenomenon really just started the past 10-15 years or so when cell phone use became commonplace. Back in the 80s and 90s, this rarely happened.

  5. I also don’t like when people go into a stall and continue talking to their companions. I think anyone inside a stall should not be talking to anyone else, whether it’s over the phone or in person!

  6. When I hear someone on the phone in the bathroom I suddenly need to flush repeatedly.

  7. I’m tired of hearing private conversations period. People don’t seem to realize how loud they are speaking. I can’t for the life of me figure out why it is so important to let 6 people know you have actually just touched down, and then give personal details of your plans to continue, get your car, ride the rental bus, what you will be wearing etc.If my phone rings and I’m in an unreasonable place, I just let my voice mail pick up. People seem to be afraid of silence.

  8. I like to yell out “she’s in the bathroom” and make rude noises with my mouth, loudly. He he he.

  9. I completely agree! People do this at work all the time and it really bothers me! When did we get to the point that we can’t even disconnect long enough to use the restroom?

  10. I’d add one more to this. Please don’t change clothes in the handicap stall. There’s only one stall available for a wheelchair bound person and some people can take 10-15 minutes to change.

  11. I can’t tell you how many times i’ve been in the men’s room while some guy squeezes out a loud nasty turd all the while yapping away on the phone. Texting is better, but not by much. Did you know 1 in 6 cell phones are contaminated with E. coli? I’m looking at you, kid.

  12. 1. Conducting cellphone conversations while using a public restroom is one of the rudest things a person can do, right down there with defecating on the street, for example.

    2. It is rude to the other party and to other users of the facility. Even when it is conducted in one’s private bathroom, it is still being rude to the other party.

    3. Before we had cellphones, people did not defecate in public phone booths while speaking on the telephone, did they??? Why many people now consider that it is OK to defecate or urinate while having a conversation is beyond me.

  13. OMG please people relax! Save this passion for things that really matter please!!
    This discussion is mundane!!!!

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