O.M.G. - If you HATE people who insist on using speakerphone, then you must read Lost City's expose on speakerphone abusers. Here's a tidbit...
Speakerphones are rudeness made physical. There's no excuse for them. You are not that busy that you can't pick up the phone. And if you are, hire another assistant, because you must be truly monumental in whatever your business is. No, you're not busy, you're just overly impressed with your many irons in the fire, and decadently slothful. What a feeling of prideful liberty it must be to not talk into a receiver but into the very air, as if the cosmos are awaiting your next command. Talk to the left, talk to the right, up, down, back, front—someone it still listening! My God, what weight your words have. And why shouldn't they? You're a living, breathing, vibrant being with a big office. That other person on the line is just a tinny voice inside a little box! The plebe! The insect!
Read the entire thing HERE.
I HATE speakerphones. For years I took telephone delivery orders at a restaurant on the fancy-schmancy Upper East Side. And anytime someone would call me using speakerphone I ALWAYS pretended I couldn't hear them...
Me: "Thank you for calling Sirabella's, how can I help you?"
Woman "preparing dinner" for her family (on speakerphone): "Yes, I need an order for delivery".
Me (pretending the biatch's speakerphone wasn't working): "Hello? ... Anybody there?!? ... Hello???"
Woman (now YELLING into speakerphone): "ORDER FOR DELIVERY!!!!!!"
Me: "Hello?!? Hello?!?..."
Woman picks up her phone and proceeds with her order. It worked every time and it was oddly satisfying making people actually pick up the phone.
Does anyone else have a problem with speakerphones?