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What is your most embarrassing cell phone moment?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on February 8, 2009

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Photo of Mike Pearce

“I don’t have one because I’m a new cell phone user, so I hardly ever carry it with me.”

Photo of Ann Nickelson

“It’s usually in classes … and teachers take them from you, even though you’re an adult.”

Photo of Ashley Hornstein

“My cell phone went off during an interview I had to work in a law firm during college.”

Photo of R. J. Willoughby

“Never had one. It’s always on vibrate.”

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faceit 5 years, 1 month ago

Once a woman caller talked dirty to me for several minutes. I finally told her, "mom, you called my phone by mistake."

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bad_dog 5 years, 2 months ago

Funny stuff, multi/notaj.

Not an embarassing moment for me per se, but... I was at a conference a couple of years ago and went out for dinner and drinks with a group I know from the industry; hosted by a vendor. After dinner and a "few" drinks the (married but unaccompanied) vendor began dancing with a female dinner guest and getting rather "cozy" with her.

Unfortunately, the vendor's cell phone had his home number on speed dial. As you may have guessed, the keypad got pressed accidentally and called the home number. For the next few minutes the spouse at home got an earful of how much the two "admired" one another.

Bad Karma-Ouch!

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Christine Anderson 5 years, 2 months ago

Well, I for one find multi's comments very funny.A couple months ago, I was sending some very explicit, sexy texts to my 56 yr. old significant. I didn't have my bifocals on. Should have known better. Instead of entering area code 785, I punched in another area code. Turns out my dear one's phone number, with the wrong area code added to it, is actually a working number in a small town in Ontario, Canada! Those texts went to a 23 yr. old man, who found it all pretty entertaining.

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labmonkey 5 years, 2 months ago

You're right JK.....I just never looked at the others after Mike.

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JKBagby 5 years, 2 months ago

Oh we make harsh comments on the man's facial hair but what of the sidewaays trucker hat? Ashton Kucher called from 2003 and wants his juvey style back.

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lubyloo 5 years, 2 months ago

When I was driving on the highway talking to my boss (about my evaluation, no less) and, all of a sudden, another car starting coming into my lane and almost hit me. I yelled out, "Holy, s, you ing idiot from hell!!!!" My poor boss said, "Excuse me?"

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Corey Keizer 5 years, 2 months ago

If Ms. Nickelson were an adult she'd know a ringing cell phone is a tad disrespectful... leading her to never have that problem.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 2 months ago

Back pre-cellular, but post radio-telephone, yet before the prevalence of car alarms, I had a trunked phone system. It was set up to honk my horn when I got a call. One time I locked the keys inside the cab, someone kept calling, the horn kept honking.

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hitme 5 years, 2 months ago

Once I ran over the curb at a roundabout and my cellphone bounced out of my hand and into my beer. I looked in the rear view mirror and I felt really bad when I saw that I'd killed a family of rabbits and ruined the landscaping. What a mess, beer on the front seat, the dash, and the laptop. I headed straight for the carwash to get the squadcar cleaned up before my shift was over.How embarrassing.

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rantor 5 years, 2 months ago

Oh Ow, Stop, You're killing me!

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notnowdear 5 years, 2 months ago

Never had one. Don't use a cell phone except for emergencies. It is has the battery pulled most of the time.

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notajayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

rantor (Anonymous) says… "notajayhawk,You were alone when your phone rang weren't you?"As I said, rant, if that's all you're capable of imagining, you really are the only one here who's desperate.

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rantor 5 years, 2 months ago

Whoa, I guess you're the king of insults on your playground aren't you?

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labmonkey 5 years, 2 months ago

Multi and notajay-Rantor wishes it was that thing on Mike's chin.

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BaxterC 5 years, 2 months ago

One time, my friend was molesting a dead dog and his cellphone went off while the cops were booking him...how embarrassing..

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rantor 5 years, 2 months ago

Multi,Try commenting on the other three for a change.notajayhawk,You were alone when your phone rang weren't you?

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lepontoon 5 years, 2 months ago

Today, I decided to send my boyfriend a pic text of me naked. I accidently sent it to my dad and got a text back saying "You definitely take after your mom."

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prospector 5 years, 2 months ago

With the poor signal I get in the Free State Brewery, it was kind of embarrassing when the bar phone would be for me. The bartenders now know to say, "He just left.".

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notajayhawk 5 years, 2 months ago

rantor (Anonymous) says… "If you have to share your sex life in a post, it screams, “I'm desperate and classless.”"If you have a problem with someone else talking about sex, it's most likely you who are desperate, and making personal comments re: the person isn't exactly the epitome of class.And multi, I don't think it's a hairbrush - maybe something moving and furry?****Most embarassing? An older model cell, which would frequently self-dial while in my pocket, once transmitted about 45 minutes of an argument my wife and I were having to one of my brothers.Most amusing? My ringtone was set to something classical, I think something from Beethoven's 9th, one of the big fanfare-type passages, and the phone rang exactly at the pinnacle moment of one of those experiences rantor doesn't want to hear about.

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grammaddy 5 years, 2 months ago

I for one will be very sad the day the land lines disappear, as I don't own a cell phone. I don't feel the need to be that accessable to anyone.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 2 months ago

Rantor,If you'd take that hairbrush out of your ___, maybe you could have some fun in life.The most common things all people share in common are eating, sleeping, reproduction and elimination.If people couldn't joke about those things, life would just be pretty sad.

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spacehog 5 years, 2 months ago

Q: What would happen if cellphone service was suddenly cutoff across the entire nation?A: Mass panic, riots, murder, and mayhem equivilent to the end of days.Anybody still remember land lines and rotary-dial phones?

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 2 months ago

Well, there was that cell phone pocketed in pants so tight it had people asking whether that was my cell phone or if I was just happy to see them. Couple that with uber-vibrate mode and a persistent caller from whom I was unable to take a call at the moment and....

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spacehog 5 years, 2 months ago

militant, funny, the exact same thing happened to me with my first 4 wives. Damn cellphones. Just make sure you use the woodchipper over a river or other body of water. I did it in the backyard the first time and the cops found some teeth and bone fragments. I just said they weren't mine and everything worked out, but don't chance it.

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rantor 5 years, 2 months ago

Multi,Once again, too much information. That might have been cute to share with your girlfriends when you were 19 or 20, but what are you now, 49? If you have to share your sex life in a post, it screams, "I'm desperate and classless."

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dajudge 5 years, 2 months ago

It was at my uncle's graveside service. I can't stand it when someone's phone rings at functions like that. A phone went off. Everyone looked around. It happened to be in my inside coat pocket. It never, ever rings, but on this embarrasing moment, someone from work, who calls maybe once in two or three months was checking in with me. Ooops! I forgot to turn it off.

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hammysammy 5 years, 2 months ago

It’s usually in classes … and teachers take them from you, even though you’re an adult.”— Ann Nickelson, student, Overland ParkThen act like one and have a little respect and don't text message during class. It is completely disrespectful! And you guys aren't smooth. Some do it for the entirety of class. I guess I just don't understand why they even come. Doing it underneath your desk does not a clandestine text message make. Ahem. Sorry, a huge pet peeve of mine.

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militant 5 years, 2 months ago

Once I was cleaning some handguns when my cellphone rang. I picked up a glock and shot mt wife. Good thing I has that new woodchipper or I would have been is big trouble.How embarrassing.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 2 months ago

MD: "The inevitable, in bed with one man, when another decides to call... they cajole, so I show them. Then THEY are embarrassed...."Them? THEY?Multi, Multi, Multi... compartmentalize.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years, 2 months ago

lab,that's not a mouse. He was a squirrel scramble participant, and he just pooped one of those bittys down like popcorn..Bit down too soon, and the tail was left sticking to his chin.Hasn't noticed I guess.(I hate it when that happens)--My daughter is an expert at cell phone 'funnies' most of hers involve her keeping it in her back jeans pocket, then when prepping for the toilet, the phone falls in.--Mine?The inevitable, in bed with one man, when another decides to call in the middle of the night.Or when I'm with someone, and some young clown I know decides to send an elicit cell phone pic for fun.I see it, laugh, so whoever is with me then wants to see. I say, "No, you don't want to see this". But they cajole, so I show them. Then THEY are embarrassed, but it all ends with laughter.

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spacehog 5 years, 2 months ago

Just a clarification. For those of you who wear facial hair and think you have a goatee (1997 just called and wants them back), you probably don't. A goatee is strictly hair grown on and under the chin. These manly things that most men have with hair under the nose, around the mouth and on the chin is called a vandyke.http://z.about.com/d/menshair/1/0/5/0/-/-/goatee.jpghttp://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://ivo.nu/albums/beard/van_dyke.sized.jpg&imgrefurl=http://ivo.nu/photos/beard/van_dyke&usg=__HEt1c8j3iYQBwrVXDAaYDlzPJQc=&h=600&w=800&sz=116&hl=en&start=6&tbnid=SImlw9P6ywz0vM:&tbnh=107&tbnw=143&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dvandyke%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den

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1wetwilly 5 years, 2 months ago

Hey labmonkey,I was thinking the exact same thing....too funny.

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spacehog 5 years, 2 months ago

That's actually seaweed. Bruce Springsteen has some under his lip and Mickey Rourke had a bunch of it in his hair at the Golden Globes. They must all live near the ocean.

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labmonkey 5 years, 2 months ago

One time, the LJW asked an OTS question about cell phones, and like Mike, I forgot there was a dead mouse on my chin.

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Deja Coffin 5 years, 2 months ago

When I bought my first cell phone there was a really hot guy that worked at Verizon. So any time I had to buy a cell phone accessory I would go to Verizon and stare at him but never talk to him. It probably wasn't embarrassing then but to think I was the weird girl that stared down some guy while he was working is pretty embarrassing. And to think I used to think I had game!

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dipweed 5 years, 2 months ago

When my vibrating cell phone startled me so much I spilled the glass of red wine I was holding on my wife. I'm not allowed to have the cell phone in restaurants any longer.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 5 years, 2 months ago

When my single-cell phone repeatedly underwent mitosis one night, leaving me unable to determine which of 256 was ringing in time to take the call.(Then, there was that meiotic moment when I exceeded my allotted minutes halfway through the month.)

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Norma Jeane Baker 5 years, 2 months ago

How about 'fake talking' on the phone to avoid having to speak to someone else -- and your phone rings. But that was a long time ago. Now, if I don't want to speak to someone, I don't. I just look at them as if I don't understand the words that are coming out of their mouth. Then walk away.

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geekin_topekan 5 years, 2 months ago

I was talking while driving and dodging flying cell phones,and trying clean up dribbled Mcd special sauce and I kept hearing this knocking sound.I thought I was a bearing or somthing in my rear axle but it turned out to be the illegal aliens in the trunk trying to tell me they needed to use the bathroom.How embarrassing.

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BABBOY 5 years, 2 months ago

When I threw my cell phone and hit the guy in the head who was making fun of me for driving while talking on my cell phone when I was eating a hambuger. (kidding -- I like most of jonas's posts)I drive all the time talking on my cell phone usually while speeding (but I never eat food while I am driving if that makes you feel any better). Sometimes, I even text. Where did the warm weather go? I guess today is not a golf course day and is a day to go to the gym instead.

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jonas_opines 5 years, 2 months ago

That time when I was answering my phone while I was eating a burger! Man, I shouldn't have done that while I was driving! Thankfully, the only casualty was that one small family crossing the street! How embarrassing.

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