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Plumbers, douchebags and bluetooth headsets

Caught this on MIR reader Matt Crandall’s twitter stream today:

I am firmly convinced: Walking around in public on a Bluetooth headset makes you look like a total douchebag.

Never a truer statement was Twittered, Matt. Here, here.

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20 replies on “Plumbers, douchebags and bluetooth headsets”

I think it's worth making a distinction here between people who have a headset on because they are actually USING it – and those who are shopping in Aldi wearing one.

First – business tool; Second – (to quote Kip) twonk.

Just my humble opinion.

As someone who used to do a very hands-on technical job, BT headsets are a godsend. You can be elbow-deep in a BTS, yet remain online to the support guys….

(“Press one if you purchase your Nokia Mobile Network from a reseller. Press two if your Nokia Mobile Network is not working. Press three if your Nokia Mobile Network is about to be ripped out and replaced by a we-dropped-our-pants competitor product. Press four if customers are holding your CEO hostage until coverage complaints are resolved”)

As someone who used to do a very hands-on technical job, BT headsets are a godsend. You can be elbow-deep in a BTS, yet remain online to the support guys….

(“Press one if you purchase your Nokia Mobile Network from a reseller. Press two if your Nokia Mobile Network is not working. Press three if your Nokia Mobile Network is about to be ripped out and replaced by a we-dropped-our-pants competitor product. Press four if customers are holding your CEO hostage until coverage complaints are resolved”)

As the original Tweeter of said comment, let me defend my statement: unless you are actively recieving instructions from someone that require the simultaneous use of your hands, you fall into the above category.. So if you are a surgeon doing an emergency brain surgery, and have the premier neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins on the other line, you are excused. If you are an asshole in line at Starbucks, you are not!

As the original Tweeter of said comment, let me defend my statement: unless you are actively recieving instructions from someone that require the simultaneous use of your hands, you fall into the above category.. So if you are a surgeon doing an emergency brain surgery, and have the premier neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins on the other line, you are excused. If you are an asshole in line at Starbucks, you are not!

As someone who works at Starbucks, I agree! When I say, “Hey, how's your day going?” I'm kind of looking for a response, not, “Oh, some coffee guy… What do you want, Jones?”.

Seriously, people.

I think it's worth making a distinction here between people who have a headset on because they are actually USING it – and those who are shopping in Aldi wearing one.

First – business tool; Second – (to quote Kip) twonk.

Just my humble opinion.

As someone who used to do a very hands-on technical job, BT headsets are a godsend. You can be elbow-deep in a BTS, yet remain online to the support guys….

(“Press one if you purchase your Nokia Mobile Network from a reseller. Press two if your Nokia Mobile Network is not working. Press three if your Nokia Mobile Network is about to be ripped out and replaced by a we-dropped-our-pants competitor product. Press four if customers are holding your CEO hostage until coverage complaints are resolved”)

As the original Tweeter of said comment, let me defend my statement: unless you are actively recieving instructions from someone that require the simultaneous use of your hands, you fall into the above category.. So if you are a surgeon doing an emergency brain surgery, and have the premier neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins on the other line, you are excused. If you are an asshole in line at Starbucks, you are not!

As someone who works at Starbucks, I agree! When I say, “Hey, how's your day going?” I'm kind of looking for a response, not, “Oh, some coffee guy… What do you want, Jones?”.

Seriously, people.

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