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Mind Your Millennium Manners

By Christopher Francescan, The New York Post – 12/30/1999 – 12:00am

New technology is causing a drastic re-evaluation of standards among the manners set like Charlotte Ford, great-grand daughter of Henry Ford, Sue Fox, a Silicon Valley author of the forthcoming “Etiquette for Dummies,” and Joie Gregory, who runs a New York-based etiquette company called the Right Fork.

Faux pas factor: Recently, Victoria’s Secret model Laetitia Casta’s million-dollar face was doused with tear gas by an irate Parisian cab driver who was sick of listening to the bodaceous beauty’s cell phone incessantly ringing.

Treat video conferences as if you were face to face otherwise it could be embarrassing if you forget you’re in skivvies. Tony Stone Images To avoud a frenetic cab ride like the one shared by (from left) Mae Whitman, George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer and Alex D. Linz in “One Fine Day,” turn the devices off. Gemma LaMana In “You’ve Got Mail,” Tom Hanks trades e-love letters with his true love, which in the real world is not recommended. Brian Hamill/Warner Bros. Drew Barrymore’s fate in “Scream”would certainly have been different had she had caller ID. Everett Collection Inc.

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