This is one of those submitted stories where the story writer does not appear to understand that their actions are just as rude and entitled as the people being complained about.
My husband was scheduled for surgery that was going to take at least 5 to 6 hours, not too mention all the diagnostic tests that were scheduled to be run prior to surgery (add about another 3 to 4 hours). Knowing that I would be at the hospital all day, I came prepared with plenty of magazines, plus my portable DVD player and some movies. I read the magazines during the test period, then when they took DH to surgery, I chose to get lunch and then return to watch movies. Before leaving for lunch, I scoped out the location of the only power outlet in the waiting room. The reason why I chose to leave for lunch was the large signs on each wall asking that you please not have food in the waiting room, to be courteous to the other people waiting.
I returned an hour or so later and plugged in my DVD player. I did not have headphones, but at the time that I started I was the only one in the room. The TV in the room was also on, but there was no one watching. About a half hour after I started the movie, a pregnant woman and her 2 companions entered, and turned up the volume on the TV. TV is to my left, and they are on the next wall over where they could see the TV. If they were watching it. Instead, they are all talking. Every 10 minutes or so, one of them would go turn up the volume on the TV, then they would all resume talking. Not one of them is actually watching the TV.
Then after about a half hour, one woman came over and asked if I could please turn the volume down on my DVD player, as it’s disturbing them trying to watch TV. I admit that I had the sound turned up during the quieter parts of the movie, because the speaker on my DVD player is not good. But that meant that the louder parts were inadventently loud as well (the DVD was Fellowship of the Ring – think Hobbits talking quietly, then suddenly, screetching Nazgul). I promised to do what I could, so I spent the next half hour alternating the sound level so that I could hear it but try not to disturb them.
Then they all leave, only to return in about 15 minutes with large bags of fast food (at the time, hospital had a Wendy’s inside). Then, sitting directly underneath one of the large signs asking that you not have food in the waiting room, they proceeded to eat. The pregnant one joked out loud that she was pregnant and she didn’t care, she was going to have food. And they turned up the TV again. At that point, I ceased mitigating the volume on my DVD player. And if they complained again, I was going to politely point out that there were no signs about loud DVD players. 0923-08
Psst…your failure to bring headphones/ear buds does not constitute an obligation of others to accommodate your viewing enjoyment.