Here’s How to Torture People Who Talk Too Loudly on Their Phones

Because they deserve it.

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Have you ever been out in public and heard someone gabbing way too loudly on their cell phone? Of course you have. But Greg Benson of MediocreFilms — the same team that brought us Dancing Behind People at the Mall — came up with a brilliant way to shame these inconsiderate conversationalists. He parks himself beside the offender and pretends to be having his own phone conversation — but then begins answering the person beside him. He calls it “cell phone crashing” and the results are pretty hilarious.

Though Benson tests out the gag at the airport, you could really give it a whirl just about anywhere. Happy pranking!

35 comments
GuoLiang
GuoLiang

How about you just tell the person to shut the hell up, you passive-aggressive bltch?

CPO
CPO

@KyleSoWhat - "No one wants to hear your phone conversation at any volume level :)"     


So, people can't even have a non-loud cell phone conversation in a crowded airport terminal?   What if they were talking to the person next to them instead, would that be offensive too?   Get over yourself and your apparent endless search to find things that annoy or offend you.

Fitzwilliams
Fitzwilliams

Anywhere else on the planet people would get quite annoyed.


guyfalks2012
guyfalks2012

Of course he tries it out at the airport -  so he doesn't get his fool head blown off.  (one of the few places half the people are not armed with loaded weapons)

I suggest he try that  on a BUS at night or in a movie theatre, holding a bag of POPCORN!! - scared you didn't I.

BillD
BillD

Except he wasn't doing it because they were talking too loud.

Is this considered "creative subjecting"?

(I'm seeing more and more of that lately -- it is highly annoying)

ednamillion
ednamillion

This is great. I'd like to see how he reacts to the person talking on their cellphone while in the public toilet. The last time I was forced to listen to the conversation of the woman in the stall next to me, I started making loud farting noises hoping her caller thought it was her. Crazy times.

mikeylikeychiptole
mikeylikeychiptole

that was just a funny video.. title is misleading.  none of them were impolite with their phone usage

jimmyharpoon
jimmyharpoon

People who use cell phones in a restaurant are the worst boors on the planet. 

spookym123
spookym123

Funny idea, but "too" loud? If everyone who talked too loudly on their phones were this quiet, there would be no problem.

ChikuMisra
ChikuMisra

Time magazine, Thank you for this article. Just wonderful. I hope this man produces a two hour documentary of him doing this and with videotaped reaction.

The absolute dumbest people in society, bar none, have got to be the imbeciles who talk loudly in public places like bookstores, restaurants and the mall while everyone else, the other eighty percent are quiet as mice. I detest these people. They are so arrogant and such show offs they must think of themselves as very important to behave like this in public. Or they have no consideration for others.

Should be noted though........don't try this yourself unless u a big dude like this guy. Cuz if u anything less than huge and do this routinely, eventually u will get ur ass kicked

jamesdlandis
jamesdlandis

No one but the person to whom you're talking on the phone should be able to hear you.  No one.

MaseWehrle
MaseWehrle

None of these people were talking loud-nor were they near a crowded area where they would have irritated people if they were loud.

juxtawho
juxtawho

I don't think any of them are talking loudly, talk is talk. Mr. Benson is just being rude. Though "Are you listening to my conversation?" is really silly, because if you're talking out loud, anyone can hear and listen to you, and just maybe fair game for pranks ~ HAH ~ lol

PauseSaveQuit
PauseSaveQuit

Way to misrepresent this video. Greg Benson is a prankster. He's not out to "shame" anyone. Samantha Grossman is a tool.

SeanMooRad
SeanMooRad

Just looking for an excuse to be self-aggrandizing and obnoxious. It's a public space and the first guy wasn't even talking very loudly. Get over yourself.

notmyshametobear
notmyshametobear

That's hysterical. I wouldn't have the guts to do it, and I don't know if it was always called for, but the humor in it was pure genius! Dammit. I never come up with funny ideas like this that land me on TIME. Maybe tomorrow will be my day.....


http://itisnotmyshametobear.blogspot.com/

LeeYongEn
LeeYongEn

This was not shaming. He did it for fun, they weren't too loud. You misrepresented the video. 

trifectatamara
trifectatamara

Have done this a lot in bathrooms for the past few years...   Too Funny.

jongry
jongry

I agree with Ralph C. None of these people were talking loud enough to find them annoying.  I do understand the concept though but this guy needs to find better offenders!

RalphC
RalphC

So what does this guy think is too loud?  Anything over a whisper?  what a creep...  I would have said Bleep you and walked off myself...

Dudzicsu
Dudzicsu

I actually did it once on the bus. I lisened to this woman talking every day going to work. She stopped ;) 

DrYogeshSharma1
DrYogeshSharma1

Most of the people are ill mannered. They do not talk about others'. 

EyeKantSpeell
EyeKantSpeell

Too funny....will have to give this a shot next time I run into those annoying people!

GregoryA.Peterson
GregoryA.Peterson

@ChikuMisra " The absolute dumbest people in society, bar none, have got to be the imbeciles who talk loudly in public places" no actually the most inconsiderate asses on the planet are the morons who insist on talking on their cell phones driving 10 miles under the speed limit IN THE LEFT HAND LANE!!! either them or idiots that insist on texting in traffic....

DutchessPDX
DutchessPDX

@jamesdlandis So, when you're having a conversation with another person in the airport nobody should be able to hear you either...NO ONE

poplivion
poplivion

@SeanMooRad I think taking yourself way too seriously is a virtue in this day and age.  Having a sense of humor is for the weak.  Keep fighting the good fight!

TheDers
TheDers

@SeanMooRad you can hear all of these people UN-MICROPHONED from across the aisle....thats loud if you ask me.

KyleSoWhat
KyleSoWhat

@SeanMooRad Public eh? Didn't have to pay to be in there? Any one can just walk in? Don't have to have business there to be there? Building that's privately owned? Get over YOUR self and think about the words you type.

KyleSoWhat
KyleSoWhat

@jongry Thats because you miss the point in general! No one wants to hear your phone conversation at any volume level :) There...you learned something today!