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Philadelphia Bus Cell Phone Jammer: Hero Or Tyrant?

Submitted by on March 5, 2012 – 10:12 am4 Comments

A man in Philadelphia named “Eric” was caught by a local news affiliate using a cell phone jammer to end noisy phone calls on his bus route, and the story has caught  fire in the national media. Some people praise the man who claims to be sticking up for “privacy” and civility, while others condemn him for violating the rights of others and endangering those around him.

NBC10 in Philadelphia got hidden camera footage of Eric and his cell phone jammer at work, after the behavior was first reported by an employee of the station who rides the affected bus route. When confronted about the device, the man seemed eager to discuss it.

“A lot of people are extremely loud, no sense of just privacy or anything. When it becomes a bother, that’s when I screw on the antenna and flip the switch,” he said, claiming that he was “taking the law into his own hands,” and that he was “proud” of his actions.

But the law is not in fact on Eric’s side. The newscast points out that all cell phone jammers are illegal, as they pose a threat to public security.

When presented with this argument, Eric implied that he would be able to switch off the device in the event of an emergency.

But reportedly, he contacted the station later to say that he had confirmed the device was illegal, and would dispose of it.

What do you think? Do you wish there was a cell phone jammer on your morning commute?

[via CNET]

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  • Mark says:

    Who is this Eric guy to decide what is and what is not an emergency?

  • Larz Blackman says:

    He’s a citizen with more sense than those around him who obviously don’t know when and where to use a cell phone.

  • some internet dude says:

    I think I’m going to grab mine out of the closet and dust it off. I can also decide what is and what is not an emergency.

  • David says:

    “cell phone jammers are illegal, as they pose a threat to public security.”

    So the jammers a treat to public security (security?), so why not the cell phone illegal as it is a treat to public safety? I myself have been a victim of two people crashing into me because they were using there cell phone. One of which almost killed my wife sending her to the hospital. Many have been killed because of people using cell phones improperly, how many have died because someone could not make a call or weren’t able to update there facebook status….hummmmm

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