Friday, February 20, 2009

Shrieks on a train - -a cell phone shouter pays

This fulfills a fantasy of mine -- - making someone pay for loudly blabbing business secrets into a cell phone while riding a commuter train:
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has confirmed plans to lay off associates soon, and, in the process, they've reminded their law firm brethren to exercise a little discretion when discussing firm cuts in public, according to the Recorder's Legal Pad blog, an Am Law Daily sibling publication.

Above the Law broke the news after a law student e-mailed the blog about overhearing Bob Robbins, head of Pillsbury's corporate and securities practice, yapping about the layoffs on his cell phone in an Amtrak car--very loudly, apparently. Robbins even named the specific associates--between 15 and 20, the tipster told ATL--the firm plans to dismiss.

I must say, though, that I've noticed over the years that most hard-core commuters have learned to keep their voices down on a cell. It's the weekenders and late-night riders -- high school kids and grandma -- who generally haven't got a clue.

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