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Warning signs installed to halt mobile chatterers

6th August 2010 | Warning Signs

Posted by Nicole Stevens.

Warning signs are being used in a Sydney cafe to ask customers not to jabber away intrusively on their mobile phones while ordering their morning coffee.

The city's Pentimento cafe has installed warning signs – which feature a mobile phone with a red line struck through it – to halt loud talkers after assistant Amanda Poke said: "We feel we deserve a bit of respect."

The use of such health and safety signage in customer-facing environments is contentious. It could be argued that retail staff need to hear orders correctly, and customers talking on their phones wouldn't help that process.

Of course it could simply be seen as a reaction to blatant rudeness.

Ben Soutter, owner of Katipo's in the city's Bondi Beach area, said he put warning signs up after impatience from a customer. "She sighed and said 'hang on' to the person on the other end of the phone," he said.

Earlier this month the installation of warning signs was proposed for a stretch of riverside in London to deter cyclists.


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