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Modern technology may be moving ahead in leaps and bounds, but some say it is leaving behind common courtesy.
Some baristas and retailers are fed up with the lack of manners from customers speaking on cellphones or listening to music while placing orders and are speaking out against the trend.
In England this week a coffee trader refused to serve customers if they were talking on a cellphone and put up a sign to that effect.
In Wellington, Ripe cafe in Boulcott St also has a sign asking customers to put down their cellphones while ordering. Senior barista Tracey Austin put the sign up briefly last month and said it was intended as a gentle reminder.