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No-phone policy gets gym member kicked out

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The policy is posted in plain sight at Planet Fitness bear Boston: No cell phones while working out.

Tina Santoro Asmar admits she answered an important call on the elliptical, but doesn't believe she should lose her gym membership for it.

"It was instinctual. When I saw the doctor's name I picked it up. God forgive me," she said.

That would be no problem at Powerhouse Gym in Tampa.

"We've had three or four incidences in the last four years we've been here and they're very, very cooperative," said owner Matthew Midyett.

There's no cell phone ban at any gym we could find in Tampa. It would be almost impossible as often as they're used to work out.

"To log their music, some of them use them to listen to music," said Midyett.

But for talking?

"If it's disruptive either on the cardio machines, or I'm a fitness instructor and if someone's on their phone during class I think that's very rude," said Katharine Williams.

"The purpose of going to the gym is to lift weights and focus and work out. Talking on the cell phone individuals can get in the way of what their doing," said Chuckie Long.

The gym's not the only place people want to say "Get off the phone!"

Movie theaters, restaurants and grocery stores rank high on the list.

Joann Torretta teachers etiquette courses at First Impressions, Inc. in Tampa. She says there are actually a few places perfectly acceptable to talk freely.

"A hallway, sidewalks... public places."

However in most places outside of your own home, everyone should take time to be a little considerate of who may be listening.

"Even though we know how to use the phones and we know all the apps, I don't think people really understand that the cell phone breaks a lot of etiquette rules," Torretta said.

The basic rules for cell phone etiquette are to say excuse me before answering a call in front of friends.

Don't talk too loudly.

Finally, don't hunch over and pretend to disguise your call. People can see and hear you anyway.

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