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The Burning Question: Is it ok to talk on the phone on public transport?

Do you pick up on the move?

WE KNOW HOW you feel.

It’s Sunday, you want to get out of the office but there’s a couple of hours still to get through.

So do like we do here in HQ and get stuck into a serious debate on one of life’s most pressing issues.


Today: You’re on a bus/train/tram and you receive a phone call. Not just a call where you can say you’re around the corner when you’ve literally just paid on, a real call. They want to talk. Do you talk? Do you try to mumble your way through a half conversation? Do you just tell them you’re on a bus/train/tram and hang up?

Pennsylvania Daily Life Source: AP/Press Association Images

Tell us: Is it ok to talk on the phone on public transport?

Poll Results:

I'd try to be discreet about it (5988)
No, I can't think of anything worse (1767)
Yes, it's a free country (1754)
Can't we all just get along? (161)
I don't have a phone (47)

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