[quote author=JoW link=topic=127177.msg2933785#msg2933785 date=1367165416
In my opinion the only people who should be using a phone during dinner out are people who are on call for something. And those people should be eating at a fast-food place where they can leave instantly when they are called. Phones should be charged at home or in your office. The exception being if the power is out at home.
I think this is a bit harsh. A number of people---including my mom, who is the only doctor in a small, remote town---are on call 24/7. Consigning them to a life of McDonalds is unnecessary. It seems like mannered people could readily put their phones on silent, excuse themselves from their dining companions upon feeling its vibration, and take calls in a foyer.
In response to the poster, I think the woman plugging in her phone was certainly graceless. Of course she should've said excuse me or explained to your companion that she needed to plug her phone in for urgent reasons.
But, as is so often the case, stewing about this is isn't a benefit to anyone. For all we know, she had an old cell phone that didn't hold a charge and a relative in intensive care at a nearby hospital. I imagine we'd all be happier people if we were better able to give people the benefit of the doubt.