I was dining with a good acquaintance last week. A reasonable restaurant, a couple of drinks and just finished the starters, and ordered the main, when his phone rang. Now I'd seen him place it on the table when we first sat down, but thought no more of it. Must be an emergency I thought. But no, he entered into a protracted conversation with one of his girlfriends. Sat silently for 5 minutes, then decided to leave the rude bugger to his own devices, getting up with hardly an acknowledgement from said bugger, and making my way off to my local. About 30 mins later my phone rang. It was the rude bugger, so I ignored it. Then got a text asking where I was. Replied along the lines of "Thank you for a great evening, food delicious, and conversation scintillating - perhaps we can do it again sometime?" He hasn't contacted me since - wonder if he's realised that one simply does not put one's phone on the table when dining, let alone have the extreme discourtesy to use it when dining. Philistine.