I saw a hostess using her cell phone while seating patrons at a local restaurant. Ghastly. My opinion, which I had given up giving, (ridiculous) BUT; it's not "quality" when someone:
Answers the phone while Ã table. Please excuse yourself.
Texts while in a social situation.
Answers, and stays on the phone amidst company, unless a. Traveling spouse/parent/grandparent rings b. Daycare, doctor, President, Madonna or Oprah calls c. Major $$$ deal in ???
And, I know my father would say, "Phones off in social situations. No caveats." (meaning, from the Latin, let a person BEWARE).
"I just stepped into my shoe closet so I could speak with you..."