Are Work-Related Phone Calls on the Bus Forgivable?


If you live in a city that relies on public transportation, you've probably noticed that the buses are becoming seemingly fuller each day. Gas prices are getting more people to sacrifice their cozy car commutes for an expectedly more frustrating commute on public transportation. Last night, while standing my way through my entire commute home, I witnessed this not-uncommon scene.

A 20-something woman held a conversation on her BlackBerry for a good 20 minutes, and the discussion she was having was obviously work-related and she was speaking to a coworker. The two women sitting beside her complained loudly about how rude it was for this woman to be talking on her phone during their commute. One woman said she was getting a headache, and the other kept shaking her head in disbelief and saying that the whole thing reminded her of a Dilbert cartoon.

I can't say that I'm never annoyed when other commuters have endless personal conversations, but I wasn't irritated that this woman was getting work done on her commute home. Her productivity wasn't done in an overly obnoxious way, and she wasn't gesturing wildly with her words. Do you think work conversations on the bus are forgivable, or are they just as bad as personal phone conversations?

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