So I have a potential ethical dilemma for you. A colleague of mine told me the other day about an issue in the small fitness center of his new condo building.
The center is set up with a music system that allows residents to plug in their iPods and play their tunes over the speaker system while they work out.
Nice setup, right?
Maybe. My colleague says he'd never use the machine. But in theory if he's in the fitness center working out and playing his tunes via iPod through the speaker system, and someone else comes in to workout, he'd be obligated to turn the tunes off or turn them down as a courtesy to the other person.
I agree with him. The one exception might be if I was really into the music I'd ask the other person if the tunes were bothering them, and if they said no I'd leave 'em turned up.
A really self conscious person might not say a word, when the second tenant came in. They might simply turn the music off ASAP, or disconnect their iPod and attach their headphones to it.
Surprisingly though, most of my colleague's neighbors disagree with him. They don't think you're obligated to turn your tunes down or off, or apparently to even ask the other person of the music's a bother. They seem to be taking an "I was here first, so you just have to deal with my music" attitude.
I think the neighbors' take on this matter is extremely inconsiderate.
What say you?