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by Abigail Van Buren

Cellphone Etiquette Irritates Man To Death

DEAR ABBY: I, too, am disgusted with people who answer their cellphones wherever and whenever.

I was at a funeral last week where this twit answered her cellphone while viewing the deceased in his casket. She was literally kneeling beside the casket when her phone rang, and she carried on a conversation with the caller for a full three minutes. I timed it!

I know some people may think this is funny or no big deal. I suggest that those who feel that way should learn manners. Unless you're a doctor or some other emergency caretaker, there is no reason to take a call while in the company of others. -- MICHAEL IN ROCHESTER, N.Y.

DEAR MICHAEL: I agree. When attending a funeral or a memorial, cellphones should be turned off out of respect not only for the deceased, but for the others around you.

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