Was probably the question the well mannered audience members were asking themselves last Tuesday in Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. According to the WSJ's story here, a cell phone in the front row of the theater began ringing (playing?) the Marimba during Mahler's Nineth. After many minutes, the conductor reportedly stopped the piece, turned and asked that the phone be turned off. Yet the phone (believed to be an alarm) continued. After many minutes of total silence in the hall broken only by jeers from other attendees and repeated requests from the conductor, the offender finally silenced the phone. The Philharmonic began at the top.
Perhaps the patron was elderly, hard of hearing and did not realize his alarm was going off. Had he set himself a reminder to go to the Philharmonic? Possibly, he is a large supporter of the Symphony and has a great deal of clout and that is why ushers never approached to "help" him or escort him and his phone out of the hall.
As a friend mentioned earlier this week, it does seem these days, that more and more people behave (although we do not know if this particular offense was intentional) as though the rules do not apply to them. Whether these are rules of common courtesy or rules of law, many people behave as if those rules are for others. Have you noticed this? What do you think?
Could this be why the Chinese are throwing eggs at Apple stores and Apple cancelled the launch of the iphone4S in China?
Enjoy the long weekend.
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