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    Are you OK with Cell Phone bans?

    Cell phones on trains, should they be banned?

    Police escorted a woman off an Amtrak train after she allegedly refused to stop talking loudly on her cell-phone during the 16-hour journey and became belligerent when confronted about it by one of her fellow passengers.

    KOMO News reports that Lakeysha Beard says she felt "disrespected" by the incident, though passengers said it was Beard who was being rude by refusing to stop yapping while sitting in one of the train's designated quiet cars. She had not stopped talking since the train pulled out of Oakland, California, 16 hours before it reached Salem, Oregon, when a passenger confronted her about the talking. That's when Beard got "aggressive," KATU reports, and conductors stopped the train so that police could remove her and charge her with disorderly conduct.
    Gawker joked that the cops who removed Beard from the train were heroes and that Beard should be charged with "unspeakable crimes against humanity and sentenced to life on some distant planet where there are no reception bars, ever."

    According to a very scientific reader poll at The Huffington Post, 77 percent of people were happy the woman was hauled off the train for being disrespectful to other passengers. And CNN personality Anderson Cooper blasted the woman on his "ridiculist" last night, asking "What could someone possibly talk about for 16 hours?" He even compared being stuck on the train with the "fifth circle of hell."
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    If its a 'quiet car' meaning no cellphones, then obviously that's self explanatory. Someone doesn't want to follow the rule, remove them from the car and if the problem persists, the train at the next stop.

    However, banning all cell use from all trains, certainly not.

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    Yea, if you're surrounded by people who don't want to listen to your yapping, I believe it is a right of the train security to ask/tell you to stop. But this kind of thing sure doesn't belong in legislature.

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    Should have been charged with trespassing (if she refused to move from private property) rather than disorderly conduct. However this is government funded Amtrak.

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    But, but, but .... how will they track us without cell phone GPS units????

    16 hour battery??? - ME WANTS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian4Liberty View Post
    Cell phones on trains, should they be banned?
    Being belligerent to another human with any inanimate object is probably already illegal, no need to be redundant.

    Quote Originally Posted by madengr View Post
    Should have been charged with trespassing (if she refused to move from private property) rather than disorderly conduct. However this is government funded Amtrak.
    This. Problems are easier to deal with when on private property.

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    I am not in favor of Bans.

    I do however respond to rudeness with rudeness. I would (if I was bothered by this) strike up a loud rude conversation with the rude lady on the phone. Until she closed her phone and left.
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