My biggest pet peeve is people with cell phones. Yeah, that's right. I absolutely can't stand it when people answer calls in public. Maybe this sounds extreme but hear me out.
Tonight I was at a church function that was intended to be a spiritual event. About ten minutes into the program, we heard that all too familiar cell phone ring. It was annoying but we moved on. Three minutes later another phone went off. I was getting upset but again, we moved past it. By the end of the night, five DIFFERENT phones had rung and disturbed our meeting. Some people got embarrassed and quickly silenced their phones while others actually got up from their seat to answer the call. Unbelievable.
I have a cell phone. I love it. I carry it with me most places but if I know I am going to be with other people, I try to remember to turn it on vibrate. I don't think there is anything ruder than answering a call when you are with someone else. To me it's like saying, "Hey, this call is much more important than you," or "I would rather talk to this person."
I have even thought about putting a box by my front door that says "Cell Phones" on it. It would work similar to the basket for shoes. When people came over, they would drop their cell phones off at the door. I understand this would be tacky and extremely overboard but you get my point.
I know I'm guilty of all of the above. All I'm saying is that I really think the world would be a better place if people used the silence feature of their cell phone more.