To some people, rudeness is poor table manners, being loud in public, interrupting conversations or Larry Johnson interviews. For me, the top of the rudeness chart is call screening. I hear people’s phones ring and watch them look first to see who it is before deciding whether to answer or even respond to voice-mail messages.
We are teaching our children from an early age that when the phone rings, you don’t have to answer if it’s someone you don’t feel like talking to. The message is “don’t accept responsibility,” even for something as small as answering the phone.
When my phone rings I answer it and deal with whoever it is, whether it is a child, grandchild or sales person. Don’t give your number to people you don’t want calling you.