Sadly, this is the world we now live in. It truly is invasion of the (i)POD people. All this gadgetry is a criminals wet dream cum true. You don’t know how many times I’ve seen people buried so deep in their phones or MP3 players they don’t notice people approaching them. They’re just victims waiting to happen. Remember the dumb ass woman at the mall who was so lost in her phone that she didn’t see the fountain at the mall and ended up tripping and falling in it? Then she had the audacity to try and sue the mall, as if they were somehow to blame for her stupidity? What about the lady who was busy texting and fell in that open manhole? Dumb. Look at the number of accidents caused because of texting and driving or talking on the phone while driving. I’ve been hit by one of these idiots while crossing the street! It’s so bad that its surpassed drunk driving in most states and people are so reckless and childish that laws had to be passed to tell adults to act like adults.
Those are the hazards, but then there’s the disrespectful nature of some people with cell phones. You have no clue how many times my wife and I have stared in AMAZEMENT at “couples” on dates who are both on the phone, talking, surfing the web, playing games, whatever, and don’t say one single word to each others. Just a few weekends ago at California Pizza Kitchen I witnessed this once again. A couple didn’t speak AT ALL to each other the entire time they were there. The guy had his headphones on, messing with his iPhone and the chick was texting and laughing (with someone else) the entire time. The only time they actually spoke to someone in the room was when they ordered and when they asked for the bill. Are you fuckin’ kiddin’ me?!?
Or a group of friends who are all busy talking to other people on their phones but not each other?!? WTF? I see “parents” hand their kids gadgets all day long as a substitute for actual, you know, PARENTING. I have a phone, but it DOES NOT run my life. I still make it a point to be aware of my surroundings. I like technology, but it will never be a substitute for actual human contact. I never want to become solely dependent on it. I dunno, call me old fashioned. But I still enjoy talking to my wife & friends, face to face. I still enjoy touching, feeling and experiencing the real world, not just the digital one. People are so lost in their digital world, they often fail to see the approaching danger in their real world. You can just run up on people now and they wouldn’t even know until it’s too late. This story perfectly illustrates this…
SAN FRANCISCO — A man flashed a gun several times on a crowded commuter train in San Francisco, but passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn’t notice until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said. Rail commuters on phones didn’t notice gun during robbery! Security video footage showed the gunman pull out the .45-caliber pistol, raise it and point it across the aisle before putting it back against his side. The man drew the gun several more times and once wiped his nose with the hand holding the weapon.
“These weren’t concealed movements — the gun is very clear,” District Attorney George Gascon said. “These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They’re just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They’re completely oblivious of their surroundings.” San Francisco police officials say people who pay too much attention to digital technology are also vulnerable to theft.
“Oftentimes when you interview people who get their phones stolen, when you ask them to describe where the person came from, what he was wearing, they have no idea,” said police Chief Greg Suhr. Nikhom Thephakaysone, 30, has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder in the Sept. 23 attack on Justin Valdez, 20, a student at San Francisco State University who was shot in the back of the head as he left the train.
Thephakaysone also has been charged with assault with a semi-automatic handgun. Prosecutors said he stuck a handgun in another man’s back earlier the same night he shot Valdez as he looked for a victim. He did not pull the trigger and went on the hunt again for a victim for more than an hour, at one point waving a gun outside a Thai restaurant, Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark has said. He was also charged with illegally possessing an assault weapon after police said they seized two such rifles, combat knives and razors at his home.
Police said he was carrying $20,000 in cash when he was arrested.