Has An Inappropriate Ringtone Ever Embarrassed You?
by Eric Zeman
Raise your hand if you have a specialized ringtone set on your phone. Now raise
your hand if you haven't bothered to switch your mobile phone's ringer from the
default ringer it came with out of the box. Lastly, raise your hand if you keep
your phone on vibrate or silent most of the time. According to the Washington
Post, most pols fall into the latter camp in order to avoid creating an
You know you've been there. A business meeting. A seminar. A movie. Someone's
phone goes off with the theme from "Gone With the Wind", the "Macarena" or some
other highly inappropriate song at full volume and disrupts or disturbs the
meeting. Mine was set to "Eruption" by Van Halen for quite some time. Yes, I
fully admit to disturbing the peace with my device on more than one occasion.
While cell phone etiquette is an issue all by itself, Washington Post writer
Mike Musgrove took an unofficial poll of D.C. pols to find out what ringtones
they were using. While Rudy Guiliani uses a default ringer and both President
Bush and Vice President Cheney don't carry cell phones, Musgrove was able to
determine that many in D.C. opt for the vibrate or silent settings. This makes
sense. You never know what songs are going to offend people. And politicians, by
nature, generally wish to avoid anything that might cause themselves
embarrassment, like having "The Electric Slide" or a moantone suddenly start
blaring from their pocket.
I've been a user of the vibrate setting myself for a while now. Let us know what
your experiences have been. Do you hear silly songs from your coworkers'
offices? What about your boss? Share your worst ringtone nightmare!