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Cell phones banned in locker rooms...(14 posts)

Cell phones banned in locker rooms...filtersweep
Nov 12, 2003 9:47 AM
At my gym, the use of cell phones and "other photographic devices" in the locker rooms has been prohibited. I wonder if there was an actual problem or whether they were anticipating one. Seems every other person has a cell phone camera these days... in a few years they will all be video recorders. It is funny how everyone worries about "Big Brother" when we apparently really need to worry about each other ;)
Privacy and liability issues, probablyCory
Nov 12, 2003 12:37 PM
A couple of gyms here have done the same thing, citing the desire and the right of their members to work out without being photographed. One hypothetical example was of a political candidate grimacing while he exercised, and then later that shows up out of context in an opponent's campaign ads. Don't know that it's ever happened, but I can't blame the gym people for not wanting the worry. Shoot, I make an ass of myself in the newspaper three days a week, and I wouldn't want to be photographed while I'm doing crunches.
What's interesting to me is the small but fervent number of people who've protested that they can't be away from their cell phones for an hour. A couple even claim it's "discrimination" and threatened to sue. Whoa, I'm SO important I need to be in constant touch?!?
good pointDuane Gran
Nov 12, 2003 12:49 PM
I had a cell phone for years and recently untethered myself from it and don't miss it. Every once in a while I think it would be handy, but that is the exception. The best part is never having to remember to turn it off in social circumstances where it would make me look like an ass (church, movies, etc).
good pointfiltersweep
Nov 12, 2003 1:12 PM
My phone is always set on vibrate, so I never need to turn it off. I can't stand these new polyphonic ring tones that get louder the longer they play.

I do think people look like idiots jabbering away on a cell phone in the gym while other people are waiting to use the equipment... but then again, a substantial percentage of people are there to people-watch or be seen anyway.

I still wonder what kind of people are/were taking pics in the locker room. They have yet to prohibit use on the workout floor.
We can't use them anywhere,TJeanloz
Nov 12, 2003 1:23 PM
At my gym, you can only use your cell phone in the lobby, cafe, and telephone booths. Nowhere else. They're pretty anal about it.

Not as bad as my dining club, which doesn't allow them IN the building.
How would they know if you turn the ringer off? (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 12, 2003 1:49 PM
They wouldn'tTJeanloz
Nov 12, 2003 2:16 PM
Hence, we all do just turn off the ringer. But if somebody forgets (I don't know if it's ever happened), and a ring slips through, I wouldn't want to be that person. It would be ugly.
this happened to a co-counsel of mineDougSloan
Nov 12, 2003 3:20 PM
In August I tried a big case in federal court here, in front of a district judge who is fairly straight-forward and stern (typical of most federal judges). The court bans all, yes all, electronic devices from the court house. Can't even take in a calculator. However, during trial, you can get a special court order that allows the lawyers to bring in cell phones, as we need to schedule witnesses and that sort of thing.

Imagine my horror when, first when the judge was reading instructions on the law to the jury, my co-counsel's cell phone ripped off one of those blaring stupid song rings, and her phone was buried in some brief case among 20 boxes of documents. Of course, everyone glared at her, and I thought she'd be disbarred. Then, it happened again the next day. I thought for certain the judge would mete out one of those "punish everyone" military sanctions, but we escaped with only the glare. Not good.

Yes, if you take it in, in all likelihood sooner or later you'll forget.

Doug
all or just the photo ones?DougSloan
Nov 12, 2003 1:51 PM
I can certainly see banning cameras, but all cell phones? Can't see you can be disruptive in a locker room. If anything, I'd prefer another guy talk on his phone versus striking up a discussion with me standing there naked. ;-)

Doug
Yeah, but so many,TJeanloz
Nov 12, 2003 2:18 PM
The proliferation of camera phones, and the size of the cameras, has made it almost impossible to tell what is a camera phone from what isn't. Business practices mean better safe than sorry in this case - can you imagine the backlash if some photos got out that were obviously in a particular club's locker room?
makes senseDougSloan
Nov 12, 2003 3:14 PM
I suppose a private club can do anything it wants. I typically don't find paparazzi hanging around where I go, so it's not a concern here.

It is strange how the proliferation of cell phones, and now photo phones, has changed our lives. We've come full circle from being out of touch, then connected every waking minute, now to being denied their use in many places. Don't even try to take a cell phone into many court houses now unless you have an order from a judge. I think it's considered treason under the new Patriot Act.

Doug
The you'll love thisfiltersweep
Nov 13, 2003 4:56 AM
Our company attorney sent us an advisory to beware of employees surrepticously recording conversations involving disciplinary issues- that recorded evidence, even if only one party is aware of the recording, is being introduced as evidence in more and more cases (reason being that in harrassment cases it usually boils down to one person's word against another). Sometimes this is the ONLY evidence.

With these new mp3 player/recorders the size of a cigarette lighter that people can wear as a necklace... well, it gives people one more reason to be paranoid.
In Japan this is a real problem and they forced somechopper
Nov 12, 2003 3:00 PM
manufacturers of mobile devices to have the device make a clicking or typical camera sound when you take a picture using your cell phone. In Japan they had problems of up-skirt type pictures being taken with phones and all sorts of crap. Most phones now make a noise but its not loud enough for most situations. I wouldn't worry about it until the picture quality gets better.
Agree, we need better quality Japaneese upskirt photos. (nm)53T
Nov 15, 2003 6:13 AM