1. Is it socially acceptable for two people to have a loud political discussion in a coffee shop?

2. And if so, is it socially acceptable for an individual to have a loud political discussion with someone on his cell phone in a coffee shop, so that the other patrons can only eavesdrop on half of the conversation?


24 thoughts on “POLL

  1. I get bored discussing it with someone directly…..LET ALONG haveing to listen to someone else in a public place.   And going to the poles this time, is going to be a HUGE decision.    Which crook do we want to vote for?      Sorry….bet I wasn’t much help.

  2. Yes, and no.The first is acceptable because (presumably) others are welcome to join if they so desire.The second is not acceptable because talking loudly on a cell is always obnoxious, and you can’t join the conversation even if you want to.

  3. No. I don’t think loud in a mixed group is ever appropriate. If everyone in the room were in the same event that might be different, but respect for strangers feelings is sort of basic courtesy in my opinion.

  4. loud = no. Anything loud in public, unless you’re going to start a riot or you’re at a rock concert, is bad manners. Unless, of course, they agree with my opinion, and then I say go for it. (kidding kidding)

  5. It’s only socially acceptable if the person on the cell phone repeats everything the person on the other end is saying so that everyone eavesdropping can get the full jist of the conversation. It’s even more socially acceptable if you can pour hot coffee on them if you disagree with their political positions.

  6. A coffee shop is exactly the place for a political discussion, but it should be kept to a low rumble. Knives and wrapped wrists are acceptable, firearms are not, unless the political discussion is about the 2nd amendment, in which case, everything up to and including a World War II Era tank is required, SAM’s optional.

  7. I’m with the “depends on how loud” crowd.  I would expect that discussion would happen at a coffee shop and I would strain my ears to eavesdrop but that I wouldn’t have to work too terribly hard at it.  šŸ™‚

  8. Dear Jodi,
    Thank you for visiting my blog on November 5th and leaving a comment. I stopped blogging for a while after that so haven’t gotten around to thanking you until now. I recognize your profile name so you might have visited me in the past as well. Thanks again.
    To respond to a couple of your entries. First, the previous one about the unavailability of the Harry Potter movies. Do you have any “big box” entertainment stores near you? I would think that Best Buy or Circuit City would have stocked the individual copies of the earlier movies. I’ve got the last one and the just released one, which I never saw in a theater, in my Netflix queue. I figure I’ll get the older one but might have to wait for the new one. Of course I don’t have kids, so I can wait. Hope your little one enjoyed the “bootleg” copy.
    As for this entry, nobody should be loud in any public place, as far as I’m concerned. Living in L.A., where the cell phone was being used even back in the late 80s when they were gigantic and analog units, I have always hated them, and the propensity for users to act like their conversation is the most important thing on the planet. The worst thing is when a single person is in a restaurant sitting near me yelling on their cell. I sometimes think they deliberately speak in a loud voice because they want to impress upon the other people in the restaurant that they have someone to talk to.
    Yesterday, I was in a restaurant (I eat all my meals out) and one patron just couldn’t shut up. She kept talking and talking, and it was quite annoying. I almost told the waitress to move me it was so bad. I felt sorry for the woman’s seatmate, who never said a word as she was regaled with loud descriptions and observations.
    Political or no, loud talking in public places is to be avoided. It’s just plain rude.
    Michael F. Nyiri, poet, philosopher, fool

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