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Talking in a bus

Have you ever eavesdropped on a conversation you weren’t supposed to? Tell us about a time when it was impossible not to overhear a conversation between people who didn’t know you were there. What was the conversation about? How did it make you feel?

I don’t like to eavesdrop on conversations of others. This is why I can’t stand people having long and loud private conversations on their cell phones while riding a bus. I don’t care about what they have to talk about and I don’t want to know. I feel trapped when somebody begin to talk and I can’t go out. I don’t care about the boyfriend of the girl seated next to me. I don’t want to know about the shopping the woman in front of me just did and is bragging about them calling to her friends. I don’t want to hear a quarrel between husband and wife about who will go to pick up the children. I don’t want to know about family matters of people I don’t know.

I take often the bus line that goes to the hospital and I’ve had to hear, not willingly, countless loud phone conversations about the health of people totally unknown with all sort of details.

– “I’m telling you this because you’re my friend and I have confidence in your discretion, but don’t tell anybody”, yelled at her cell phone a woman yesterday after telling in the same loud voice all the details of the situation of her hospitalised husband. I wonder if she realised that the whole passage were probably listening. Don’t tell anybody? She just had told to every unknown passenger the whole story!

Cell phones and smart phones are a great invention to be connected at all places all the time, but some people seem to lose the sense of privacy when they use them in public spaces. Above all in closed public spaces like a bus.

Daily Prompt: Talking in Your Sleep.
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Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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