If someone is walking towards you on the street staring down at their smartphone....

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Icey101, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. do they have the right of way and should you give way to them?
  2. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    If it's a hottie:

    Stop and let her/him run right into you and drop their phone. Then be all modest and forgiving about their embarrassing clumsiness and ask if they'd like to go get coffee.

    If it's a douchebag:

    Just assertively say "Excuse me," to make them look where they're going. Keep on walking.
  3. No, you should smack them upside the head and tell them they could've had a V8! (run them over, that is)
  4. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
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  6. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Nope. People need to watch where they're walking and pay attention to things.

    In NYC you get yelled at or walked into...and then yelled at for that too.
  7. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Not in my world.
  8. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    Let them run into you no matter who they are except if theyre much bigger than you and look like they might want to say its your fault and **** you up.

    You know what I do though, get in the way of people biking on the sidewalk. GET OFF YOUR ******** BIKE YOURE NOT EVEN ALLOWED BY LAW. Worst case they hit me and I try to sue them.
  9. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    People who really are "no G" shouldn't be allowed near any device that's 4G...what a cluster%^#! :bag:
  10. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    True story, this happened to me about 6 months ago:

    I'm walking up 8th Avenue near the Port Authority building in NYC. As I'm crossing 40th Street I notice a woman walking directly towards me, completely absorbed by whatever is on her SmartPhone. She is 100% unaware of where she's walking. So I continue along my trajectory just to see how long it takes her to figure out she's going to crash into someone (if she ever does). At the very last second, when she's literally ~20" from colliding with me, she looks up with a start, jumps to the side, and says "Excuse me, I'm sorry!"

    ...at which point I could see that her t-shirt was emblazoned in huge red letters with "PAY ATTENTION!"
  11. She just said "pay attention", she didn't say to what. ;)
  12. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    I'm 6'5, 225lbs. I set a pick.

  13. Good thing you were.
  14. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    And then you get the people yelling at cyclists to stay off the road and get on the sidewalks. Tough crowd.
  15. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Minus the t shirt that's almost a daily occurrence for me.
  16. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  17. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    They don't even need a smartphone to run into me. I'm invisible.

    I was in the mountains sledding with my son when a small group of snowshoers came walking towards us. I stood by the side of the trail holding up my sled in front of me when two of them were walking towards me. I loudly told them that I was there. They both walked right into me. I shoved them away with the sled and they gave me an odd sort of surprised look and kept walking.
  18. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I once saw on the news (yes, the news, which used to report....news) that someone created an app that connects the camera app and the messaging app on smartphones so you can text and walk. So the background of the messaging screen is showing the camera image so you can see what's in front of you.
  19. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    The zombie apocalypse is here.
  20. Brother Goose

    Brother Goose Fun with a k all day!

    Dec 4, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    God Is Love
    My buddy and I came to these conclusions when forming part of the doctrine for The Eternal Church of The Nasty Truth (TNT)

    A: Common courtesy cannot keep up with technology

    B: Individuals occupied with electronic devices have no protection under our legal system and are to be subjected to the laws of physics
  21. Bingo

    Bingo Banned

    Mar 3, 2014
    South by Southwest
    Well, here come the phone disable crowds. Now we have to GPS disable the things. Any motion at all and it cuts of. :rollno:

    Life it too short people. Just step aside and say "heads up" as they pass. They'll get the point and nobody has to get a bloody nose over something dumb. Some of you seem to walk around looking for something to be mad at. There is no "right of way" on a sidewalk. It is a slab of concrete you don't own. So you don't get to make rules for it. If I want to stand in the middle of the sidewalk and do jumping jacks, no biggie. If you want to start a fist fight over it, what does that make you? Relax.