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The Jerk with the Cell Phone: A Survival Guide for the Rest of Us

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Who hasn't overheard a twit on a cell phone, talking loudly about one inanity or another? Or just missed getting sideswiped by someone gabbing on a phone while driving? Or found someone chatting away in the restroom at work? We've all complained enough about the jerks whose cell phones ring during a movie, at concerts, and even in church. Now it's time to take action—and c...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published September 21st 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published August 31st 2004)
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Humorous collection of believe-it-or-not vignettes, all purportedly true, about the outlandish things people do with and on their cell phones, and how to respond to cell phone 'jerks'. The book comes complete with CPEG (cell phone etiquette guideline) cards. Not great literature, for sure, but it would make a fun gift or addition to any waiting room, due to its universal appeal and readability.
This book had some good points about how to handle people that use their cell phones in a rude manner. Some of the stories were funny and some were irritating. It made me wonder if I, too, do some of these things, and from now on I will be more observant of myself as well.

I am not sure that I would actually SAY the things she's recommended, but, put in a situation where someone on their cell phone is being rude (say talking during a movie, or in a restaurant, or some other place where it is obv...more
Useful, even funny at first, but after awhile, it became insanely repetitive and indulgent. I don't agree that a frank or sassy approach isn't the way to go. The author seems to think it is the 1950s and Emily Post is on the minds of everyone when, in the cold light of reality, people these days couldn't care less about each other. I think it is a bit naive of her to think that sitting up with good posture and a prim tone is going to get through to any of the self-obsessed types here. We're a "m...more
On the one hand, the book's stories can be funny at times, often outrageous. They may live you wondering WTF with some people's manners. On the other hand, the book provides advice on dealing with the inconsiderate cell phone users, and there it fails. Because even though the authors believe most people will behave when confronted, or that overall people are decent, there is still that 20% of not so nice people. While they consider that good odds, I happen to disagree since all it takes is one m...more
Crystal Withem
I thought this book was really funny. I have run into a few cellphone jerks and I have been one a time or two. The stories in the book are funny and cute. Great quick little read.
When you have left your book at home I find this a good little book to keep in your glove box for when you find yourself at a place waiting and need something to pass the time with.
Oct 07, 2010 Rebecca rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: meh
I picked this up from the new non-fiction section at the library because it looked funny. It had humorous moments but for the most part was kind of preachy.
Laugh-out-loud funny, and bound to reanimate memories of people using cellphones inappropriately in a public setting.
I didn't really find this very witty
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Barbara Pachter is president of Pachter & Associates. She is an internationally renowned business etiquette and communications speaker and coach who has delivered more than 2,100 seminars throughout the world.

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