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Show Of Hands June 12th, 2014 4:35pm

You're walking on a busy sidewalk behind a guy who is distractedly tapping away at his phone. He stumbles over a bump and drops the phone, which shatters. Is your first thought more like "Serves you right!" or "Aww...bummer!"?

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CudOfCow Oregon
06/19/14 12:56 am

my first thought is, haha douche!

06/16/14 10:40 am

He could've got a text exclaiming that one of his family members has died ;-;

AGC246 Florida
06/15/14 1:27 pm

Dang, look at the older people.
Can you say "technology phobia"?

06/14/14 12:07 pm

Sympathy followed by apathy

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/13/14 6:08 pm

If the phones weren't so expensive,I bet the results would be very different.

XercesBlue ...
06/13/14 4:00 pm

Sympathy is my first reaction, regardless of whether I think they deserve it or not!

06/13/14 3:58 pm

my first thought is, "How much do you want for your phone..."

06/13/14 12:05 pm

One of those times I'm proud of my state.

CAModerate California
06/13/14 7:12 am

First; I laugh my a$$ off then remember it could happen to anyone. Then laugh again.

FrankLuntz Fredericksburg, VA
06/13/14 3:58 am

No sympathy if he was driving.

XercesBlue ...
06/13/14 4:01 pm

I wish I could have a mental image of somebody driving while walking down the street.

AnonBiscuit In Murica
06/15/14 11:50 am

Near my Mother's day care three cars crashed because one person was going to another lane and was on her phone and there was another car in the way and they both crashed, one was pushed to a third lane and hit a third car..

Shiggybythebay Proud Bay Area Native
06/13/14 2:20 am

I don't take delight in other peoples suffering. Even if they are annoying. LoL

06/12/14 11:04 pm

I'd help pick up his phone and see if it's okay.

Ivyra Earth
06/12/14 8:08 pm

Happens to the best of us. I would be devastated.

06/12/14 7:48 pm

Sympathy. I've tripped over my own feet and more when walking with no electronic devices whatsoever.

justanotherteen Not Available
06/12/14 7:35 pm

I would try not to judge because I wouldn't know who or what they were texting, It might be very important. Call me an optimist...

suemac Mountains of Southern CA
06/12/14 6:48 pm

I'd feel sympathy but still have to laugh

susanr Colorado
06/12/14 6:34 pm

Sympathy. It could easily have been me. I'm very careful not to get in anyone else's way or stare at the screen while in hazardous areas, but I can still stumble over a bump in the sidewalk.

theNobamist Silicon Valley
06/13/14 6:07 pm

So don't be flailing your expensive and distracting thing while walking down the sidewalk.

susanr Colorado
06/13/14 6:09 pm

I don't "flail" it. And I'll look at it if I feel like it.

yepnope Maryland
06/12/14 6:04 pm

phones are expensive, laughter then quick sympathy. it's not like I never walk and text at the same time

Wackacrat Harford County
06/12/14 5:45 pm

I would point at him, only to make sure everyone else around me knows what I am laughing about.

06/12/14 5:35 pm

First laughter... Then sympathy

hazhap1 Las Vegas
06/12/14 4:51 pm

It's just that the Entitlement Generation is the loudest, and complain about it endlessly because they no longer have any useful purpose in life other than judging everyone. No one else cares if people are on their phones in public.

06/12/14 4:21 pm

It's not like the side walk is made for two people to walk comfortably. Oh wait yeah it is. Don't hate others because you can't think of a better way.

debob texas
06/12/14 3:47 pm

Actually I'd be thinking Dumb A--

FrankLunts Fredericksburg, VA
06/12/14 2:36 pm

Sympathy. If he was driving, I'd say he had it coming.

LadyBug237 Florida
06/12/14 2:31 pm

Like pushing a baby stroller and texting while walking beside a busy street.

drunk ill be Bach
06/12/14 2:23 pm

His own fault for not buying an Otterbox.

shygal47 Florida east coast
06/12/14 2:17 pm

actually my first thought would be: "Jackass."

vin woof
06/12/14 1:53 pm

I'd buy him a beer cause I know he's bummed.

whitepuppy Happy Birthday
06/12/14 1:29 pm

How would it serve him right? What is he doing wrong?

swervin Maryland
06/12/14 2:09 pm

Not paying attention to where he is going? Making people who are paying attention move out of the way to accommodate him. Putting himself in danger by not looking out for potential hazards.

Maj Worth Economist
06/12/14 3:15 pm

I'm with you, WhitePuppy. I have no clue if the reason that person is distracted is because of Angry Birds or a text from his wife that says she's going into labor.

Maj Worth Economist
06/12/14 3:16 pm

Now, if I knew that the guy was doing something useless, *then* I'd probably think it served him right. But my mind would never go there first thing without knowing.

swervin Maryland
06/12/14 1:12 pm

It's the same satisfaction I got when I saw an idiot zip by me at well over the speed limit. A few miles later, he was pulled over by the police.

LadyBug237 Florida
06/12/14 2:30 pm

Swerve you are spot on. I see people all the time looking at their phones when they should be more aware of what's going on around them . .

JHawk3205 MD
06/12/14 12:53 pm

Mostly justice, but I've stumbled on a crack/bump on the sidewalk, and not been texting. Either way it sucks for him...

DamageInc California
06/12/14 12:42 pm

My first thought would be the sinister "mwah ha ha ha," and then I would feel bad and be, "that sucks."

fahq2 Loving Life
06/12/14 12:41 pm

That would suck.

But at least it happened while he was walking -- not while he was driving...

Irrelevant United States
06/12/14 12:41 pm

I'd think "stupid guy is stupid"

RoDe Latinus wordsus
06/12/14 12:09 pm

Seeing as right now I'm that guy typing away on his phone while absent mindedly walking down the street I would be pretty bummed.

ImNotTony asks...
06/12/14 11:57 am

I'd be right behind him on my phone ranting to you about my mistaken identity. It would be hypocritical for me to hate on him for doing the same.

WhoAreYou Up In The Trees
06/12/14 4:00 pm

Oh, if you're right behind him I do feel sorry for the guy.

06/12/14 11:36 am

Fucking retard.

My first thought is despair that it wasn't a bus. We need to weeds these losers out of the gene pool.

WhoAreYou Up In The Trees
06/12/14 5:32 pm

I agree. ImNotTony should be sent back to the looney bin.

paranoidandroid peace love science
06/12/14 11:32 am

Sympathy... If he was talking annoyingly loudly on the phone or something maybe I'd feel a little different, but there'd still be sympathy mixed in.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/12/14 11:28 am

Texting while walking is stupid and inconsiderate.

whitepuppy Happy Birthday
06/12/14 1:30 pm

How? Its multitasking.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/12/14 2:12 pm

Many people can't even multitask walking and chewing gum. When your eyes are down on a screen, you can't walk as straight, you can't dodge a skateboarder with earbuds in, you can't help bumping into the person in front of you when the light changes.

Maj Worth Economist
06/12/14 3:17 pm

Don't get me started on skateboarders with earbuds in. Just no.

melders Entertainment Sometimes
06/12/14 8:57 pm

I walk 20 minutes to and from work every weekday. I always have headphones on, and sometimes I'm using my phone. I do just fine. I know when an intersection is coming up, and I can hold my phone so I can see people around me.

melders Entertainment Sometimes
06/12/14 8:58 pm

What's frustrating is the people who give judgmental looks. I don't want to waste 40 minutes a day. How is that frowned upon?

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
06/12/14 9:16 pm

They're just jealous because you're competent at integrating tech responsibly into your life! :o)

Blarney Wrightville
06/12/14 11:23 am

Sympathetic chuckle

angstanon San Diego, CA
06/12/14 11:21 am

Honestly, I would actually laugh out loud if I saw that. Yes, yes... I am horrible. My dog reminds me every day that I don't take him to the beach that I am a horrible person, so no need to pile on, he's got you covered.

DamageInc California
06/12/14 12:43 pm

Me too. Although I wouldn't laugh out loud, but the roaring laughter in my head would block out all other sound.

Then I would feel a little bad.

SonofMetal Heavy Metal
06/12/14 11:20 am

Nobody needs a day ruiner.

2katz I live in Nebraska
06/12/14 11:13 am

"Aw bummer, dumbass."

WhoAreYou Up In The Trees
06/12/14 4:02 pm

I live in the South. We just say "bless his heart" even though we mean what you just said...

RumpleForeskin Western NY
06/12/14 11:11 am

It's a busy sidewalk, he has a responsibility to other walkers to keep the traffic moving, not run into others, and simply pay attention to what he's doing. It irritates me on campus when everyone is walking with their faces in their phones so

RumpleForeskin Western NY
06/12/14 11:14 am

*I* have to navigate around *them* when it should be a mutual action. Plus it makes it hard for others to guess where they are walking because they usually walk slow, walk side to side, just stop when people are walking behind them, etc.

Crawdaddy11 former LEGEND of FIRSTS
06/12/14 11:08 am

What's with all the nice comments today??? All the jerks must be at work right now.

Maj Worth Economist
06/12/14 3:18 pm

That's because only jerks have jobs... Or something. ;)