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English culture at its best?

I travelled into London this morning on a GWR train, in a “Quiet Carriage” where you are not supposed to play music or use a mobile phone. (I think that you are allowed to talk to people.)

In the set of fours seats across the carriage, the stillness was broken by the noise of a woman loudly starting a phone conversation with a friend.

You could watch the glances around the carriage as everyone wondered who would break the news to this 'innocent' rule-breaker. The three men sitting near her closed their eyes, folded their arms, and gave other strong body language to say, 'we're going to try to ignore this.'

As the minutes (it seemed like hours) passed I could feel the tension in the carriage rise, until the silence was broken further by a man some distance away shouting something like 'Madam, do you know you are not allowed to use your mobile here.'

Here's a moral question for those who love commenting on random articles on blogs. If you are the person sitting next to someone who uses their mobile phone in a Quiet Carriage, is it your duty to tell them? (Or do you wait for the tension to rise, so someone starts shouting from further away?)