Are you talking to me?

Are you talking to me, or are you on the phone?

All of us have experienced someone with a bluetooth headset saying "hey, how are you?" then pointing to their ear when you respond "fine, thanks." It is a very annoying, and perturbing situation.

Saturday, before going to the Clemson game I had an additional step in the confusion. The girl behind the counter at a gas station was apparently on a bluetooth headset. Now first of all, shouldn't she be doing something work related instead of talking on the phone? Just because her hands are free doesn't mean that she is "working."

This particular girl was of a different culture. She began speaking very loudly to me (or so I thought) in a language I had never heard before. I tried to ignore her "question" at first, but then figured it would be more polite to respond in some way.

So I responded, "I'm sorry, what did you say?"

Instead of an explanation, I saw her simply tap her finger on her ear... which we of course all know is the universal rude sign for:

"I wasn't talking to you."

I didn't want to talk to her anyway.


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