I have complained over and over about the use of cell phones in the library. The patron who comes up to the desk while chatting on the phone and is talking and asking you a question at the same time, with no respect to either whoever is on the phone or you. The patron who is sitting at the computer talking to their buddies and annoying everyone around them. Or even better, the patron sitting at the computer talking to whoever giving out their name, address, social security number, date of birth - while everyone around them is listening.
I mentioned it towards end of this Dear Library Patron post, and I mentioned it again in this WTF rant post.
But, I have found the PERFECT thing for libraries everywhere. A Cell Phone Jammer!! This little doohickey will disable cell phone signals. Yup, it's that simple!
There is just ONE tiny little problem... They are illegal to buy and sell in the United States. And according to Wikipedia, you could accrue fines up to $11,000 and be imprisoned for up to a year for operating, manufacturing, importing, selling or advertising a Cell Phone Jammer.
Read the New York Times article about this product.
2 months ago