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To think is rude to answer your phone in the middle of a nativity play

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DDDDDORA Thu 11-Dec-14 19:15:00

Just been to see DD2(5) in her school nativity and one of the mums answered her mobile right in the middle of it, she then scowled at the head teacher to told her to hang up!
AIBU to think that is just so rude!

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 11-Dec-14 19:17:52

Of course it's rude. Even if an emergency she should have run out to answer it.

BikeRunSki Thu 11-Dec-14 19:19:42

Good grief, it shouldn't even have been on.

WhispersOfWickedness Thu 11-Dec-14 19:21:12

shock Very rude!
Although you've just reminded me that mine is still switched off from watching DS's this afternoon, so thanks OP grinthanks

clairemum22 Thu 11-Dec-14 19:22:42

That's beyond rude!! I'd have been fuming if it was at my dc's nativity!

Andrewofgg Thu 11-Dec-14 19:23:28

Saying it's rude is like saying the sun is a bit bright. Unforgivable. Mean, self-centred, and entitled.

A polite but firm reminder before the show starts to turn phones off - not on silent, not on vibrate, OFF - is called for.

Purpleroxy Thu 11-Dec-14 19:26:48

The head asked us to put ours on silent.
The person who answered the phone might just be rude and selfish but they might have a relative in hospital or another sort of emergency.

DDDDDORA Thu 11-Dec-14 19:32:01

Andrew, it was said at the beginning of the play and a short pause given to do it.
Purple, emergency or not she should have left the room to answer the phone, it wasn't even on silent.
Whispers, your welcome smile

SauvignonBlanche Thu 11-Dec-14 19:34:52

I saw someone answer their phone in church once, it was a work-related call, we could all hear.

HumphreyCobbler Thu 11-Dec-14 19:36:28

I have seen this in a school I worked in. The parents often had conversations mid show as well. I was shock

MehsMum Thu 11-Dec-14 19:45:41

Very rude!
Turn it off or onto silent. If it's urgent, you leg it outside to answer it.

UterusUterusGhali Thu 11-Dec-14 19:47:08

Can I add that holding up your fucking iPad so no other fucker can see the play is beyond rude.

I don't want to watch my kid through a tiny screen held a metre or two away.

Fuck the fuck off, recording parents.

Buy the fucking DVD.

MrsCosmopilite Thu 11-Dec-14 19:57:59

I'd have to say 'silent' rather than off. I've had a few emergencies this week and had to deal with things urgently. If my phone had been off, the situation would have been far worse.

However, my DD is not yet at school. I suspect I'll encounter this in about a year. I won't be adverse to joining the PTA and being a PITA.

Of course, being ancient, I remember the days before mobile phones and video cameras when you just sat in the hall and watched the plays!

LittleRedRidingHoodie Thu 11-Dec-14 20:07:27

And who, honestly, wants a DVD of the performance? As a teacher I feel sad when a parent watches the whole thing through the back end of a screen.

ArabellaRockerfella Thu 11-Dec-14 20:47:44

I also had to give the stare of death to a parent who answered their phone during the school production after the head had made an announcement! Some people are so completely self centred, it's shocking!

HappyAgainOneDay Thu 11-Dec-14 21:13:53

YANBU at all.

HappyAgainOneDay Thu 11-Dec-14 21:16:14


Froggio Thu 11-Dec-14 22:11:15

Of course it was rude. Some people think the world revolves around them. They are probably anti-social in many other ways if they think that is acceptable.

I watched DD2's nativity today (year 2). Several of the parents chatted throughout. Not just a few "aw aren't they cute" type comments but full on conversation albeit half whisper that was so distracting. Why bother even going if you're not going to watch or listen? I love watching the kids put their all into their performance. I suppose not all parents feel the same way.

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