Showdown at the Nail Nook

To say my tolerance of rudeness is down a quart, is putting it mildly.

I’ll go toe-to-toe on this, but I blame our president who’s taken inappropriate behavior images-2.jpeg to new heights.

That said….

I was getting a pedicure, a real treat to soak my feet, have them rubbed and fussed over…to relax for an hour, a grace every woman should permit herself.

I was in the company of 4 other women having manicures, when a young girl in her 20s comes in.

Vivet, the owner, who’s sweet as can be, tells her in ten minutes someone will be free.

This young lady, drenched in Lululemon, the latest high-end athletic wear, sits down and proceeds to talk on her phone, earbuds in place telling you, she talks all day…look ma, no hands, in Dolby Sound.

This puts Vivet in an uncomfortable position, since Koreans by nature, at least in the spa world, are not assertive people.

Now the peace I have has now taken flight since LuLu strolled in, deciding, my feet and I aren’t taking it sitting up, or lying down.

“Excuse me,” I say, in a pleasant tone, “are you going to stay on your phone?”

She’s obviously stunned by my question since, I’m betting no one has ever addressed her public chatroom before.

“I’m talking to my friend,” she says, as if that should clear things up.

“We know, since you’re speaking so loud, and I, for one, am finding it disturbing.”

“Like excuse me? Well, what if she were here and we were talking, how is this any different.” She says this in a voice that could carve ice.

“I’m saying again, I’m finding listening to your conversation disturbing, and am asking nicely for you to please hang up.”

She grabs her bag, starts yelling right till she gets to the door when she turns, looks directly at me and screams…


No one bats an eyelash, even after I apologize to Vivet for losing her a customer, since, I thought she’d hang up and that would have been that.

I then over tip her, to try to make up for it.

Aside from all that, how a young girl could behave this way leaves me mystified. Who taught her that it doesn’t matter what you do in public, and to be disrespectful and insulting on top of it?

Which brings me back to our dear president, who is the most inappropriate individual currently on the planet, with his mean Tweets, images.jpeg name calling, giving permission to his fellow Americans to act the same way as in his own dog eat dog world, the truth being, dogs actually behave better.

It’s as if the government, of the people, by the people, for the people, has gone polyester…

even at The Nail Nook.  Sigh           images.jpeg




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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74 Responses to Showdown at the Nail Nook

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    You were not out of line, Susannah. If a conversation is so important that it can’t wait, then it should at least be done as far away as the room allows and in a hushed voice.
    I rarely give out my cell number, using the phone for my own convenience and rarely making calls on it. My children have finally learned not to ask why I didn’t immediately pick up when they called. I don’t answer if I’m driving, hands free or not. I don’t answer if I’m talking to someone. And I don’t answer if I’m checking out at a store. I’m sure there are plenty of other instances when I don’t pick up.
    I had to have my two daughters speak to their fiancees back when they first met. Each beau was glued to his phone, including at the dinner table. Although it kills them, they have learned the rules of my home.


  2. The manners, or lack of them of young people leave me lost for words, I had a similar experience with a chap using his phone during a theatre performance! How on earth can people think this is the right way to behave I have no idea. You were right to react as you did, as I did in the theatre and also received a mouthful of abuse for my trouble. Here is a very worrying thought, one day these morons are going to breed, I hate to think how their children will behave, at least you will be able to spot them a mile off, for they will be the ones dragging their knuckles along the ground as they walk!

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  3. Dale says:

    I am so with you, Susannah, on this. I might take a call at the grocery store (already noisy, I don’t feel I’m disturbing anyone – plus I don’t yell) but once at the checkout, I hang up. There are those who have zero regards for their “neighbours” in lines – waiting to meet the teacher, bank, doctor’s office, whatnot. Step outside, if you must take the call.
    The ones who particularly irk me are the ones who walk around the waiting room while talking super loud. Oh yes, Mr. Businessman, we can see you are VERY important, Fuck me.
    I hope Vivet was not too upset at losing someone who probably would have talked on the phone the whole time she was getting her man-pedi…


  4. Patricia says:

    I don’t understand the need to always be talking to someone. It’s not just young people who are tied to their phones. I know someone who has one of those wireless headphone things stuck in his ear all the time! I have never seen him without it. It’s like it is growing out of his ear. I just don’t get it.😾

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  5. Sorryless says:

    She was being a punk, plain and simple. And you didn’t cost your friend a client, you saved her a headache.


  6. I have a friend who keeps asking me to watch and read about Trump. I try to politely say, “no thanks.” She continues. I, finally, said, “Look I don’t like the man and I don’t care what he says because you can’t believe it anyway.” The requests continue, but they do get weaker. Yes, I have gone from “I voted in 2016” to “Don’t like him and we might do better w/o him even now.” Just my thoughts.

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  7. Eilene Lyon says:

    I’ve never been a big phone person (most incoming calls go to my voicemail). I sure as heck don’t want anyone overhearing my conversations – heck, not even my husband! So, I cannot understand people like Ms Lulu. But my pedicure is supposed to be a relaxing, peaceful experience with a bit of a chat with the lovely young woman pampering my feet. I say “Yay, Susannah!” How are rude people ever going to learn they’re rude if no one ever calls them on it?

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    • Well, I’m lucky she didn’t stab me with one of her tips, the French kind that cost 10 bucks a nail. Welcome to New York where beauty rivals your electric bill, and usually wins. All I know is, phone use has gone viral. It’s everywhere. In the check-out line at Whole Foods, the bank, any y store you happen to be in. I’ve learned for the most part to quell my insanity over it, but every once in a while, like the other day, I just can’t. I search for peace Eilene, like an archeologist. All I need is a miner’s hat. Love that you called her, Ms Lulu. 🙂

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  8. Wondering why listening to someone have a conversation on a cell phone, in a public place, bothered me so much, I once did some research. Turns out there’s ample evidence that only hearing one side of a conversation makes it almost impossible to tune it out because our brain wants to fill in the blanks, hear the other side. We then get annoyed because we can’t hear the other side, preventing us from deciding if we want to continue listening or tune it out altogether. Overhearing two people talk in a normal conversation, no big deal, easy to tune out and let it become background noise, like we do all the time at restaurants, stores, etc.
    So, to answer the brat’s question (W…what if she were here and we were talking, how is this any different?”), it’s the difference between a half and a full conversation. And it’s a BIG difference.
    I applaud your intervention!

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    • I loved this. It lessens my guilt over reacting causing such havoc. It’s an off the charts intrusion that we’ve never quite experienced before. Like house arrest for our serenity. Thanks very much. Strengthened the PEACE!!!


  9. There are entitled, oblivious people everywhere, I’m afraid, and yes, it doesn’t help that the guy at the top encourages that kind of behavior. You’re a lot more assertive than I would be in that situation, I think.

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    • Not to mention crazier. There’s a page in AA’s Big Book…416…that lauds acceptance in every situation. I’ll tell ya, it was written so long ago, before cell phones and social media, that maybe it needs a rewrite. I’m just sayin’.

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  10. aFrankAngle says:

    Just a personal note of thanks from me to you. Sent you an email, but it bounced back – and that’s OK. As Arnold said – I’ll be back!

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