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Brusque behavior is unacceptable

Dear Abby: There is a situation at work that has smoke coming out of my ears. I'm past the age of retirement, but need to continue working.

The fly in the ointment is one of our salespeople. He's a big, strapping guy who comes barreling down the narrow aisles between cubicles. On more than one occasion I have had to execute a quick side step in order not to be run over. After the most recent near-miss, I told him in no uncertain terms that if it ever happened again, I'd let him plow into me and take the consequences.

My question is, if I don't get out of his way and do get knocked down, what recourse do I have? Good manners would dictate that the younger man allow me to pass first, but are there any legal ramifications?

-- On a Collision Course in Wisconsin

Dear On a Collision Course: Good manners would, indeed, dictate that the younger man allow you to pass first, if the younger man has been taught basic manners by his parents. Apparently, this salesman's parents didn't do that. You should address your concerns to your supervisor, so he or she can tell him to slow down and watch where he's going. If you were injured on company property, the liability would be the company's, and the physical ramifications for you could be serious.

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Turn that cell phone off!

Dear Abby: A few weeks ago I married my fiancee, "Joy." The ceremony was interrupted when my brother-in-law's cell phone rang. I was so annoyed I turned around and asked him if he'd like us to wait while he took the call. The backlash at the reception later was all directed at me! Should I apologize even if I'm not sorry?

-- On Hold in Chandler, Ariz.

Dear On Hold: Your brother-in-law owes both you and Joy the apology. He should have turned his cell phone off before the ceremony. If he's in a field where he's on call 2 4/7 , the phone should have been set to vibrate rather than ring.

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