TELL US: Would You Turn Off Your Cell Phone During Dinner for a Discount?

One restaurant in L.A. is offering a 5 percent discount to patrons who ditch their phones during their meal. Would you like to see this around here?

Face it, if there were a way to grow a third arm specifically to hold your cell phone, many of us would jump at the chance.

But running counter to the "can't live without a connection" population is one restaurant in Los Angeles that is paying customers to keep their phones away from their meal, according to the Los Angeles Times

Eva Restaurant in L.A. is offering diners a 5 percent discount on their bill if they dump their digital devices before being seated, according the L.A. Times. 

Is this something that you'd like to see happen at any of the nice restaurants around here? Or does the idea of ditching your phone during dinner start to make you twitch?

Kendra Kilsdonk August 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM
Agree with Cee Virtue. The passive aggressive approach of jamming cell phone signals is pretty immature and I wouldn't want to do business with someone who did that. Restaurants could take a cue from movie theaters and put up signs that cell phones must be on vibrate and calls must be taken outside...and then, the hard part, enforce it! As the go to emergency person (and health care proxy) for an elderly parent and the parent of a young child, I have my phone on all the time. I handle restaurants/movies/any kind of show the same way I handle it during business meetings...it's on vibrate and on my person. If it goes off, I take a quick glance at the display. Unless it's my mother, my child's sitter/school or the police/fire department/ER in one of the two towns I'm concerned with, I turn off the vibrate and let it go to voice mail. All of those numbers are in my contact list so they are easily recognized. If it IS one of those on the "short list", I step outside to answer the call. Hardly EVER happens as true emergencies are, thankfully, rare. Anyone else can wait until I'm free to take a call.
John S. August 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Cell Phone Jammers are illegal in the United States by the FCC. Remember they also block 911 calls as well.
Dan Flapjacks August 28, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Hey Karyn, if the people are talking "too loudly" into their cell phones than turn down your hearing aid. Or you could just turn your mobility device around and go home. No one likes old cripples.
WWBMD August 29, 2012 at 02:14 AM
thanks for the laugh http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdB-8eLEW8g
Ron Powell August 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Texting does not contribute to noise pollution per se; however, the incoming text notification "chirping" does. I suppose that this can be avoided by leaving your smartphone or other mobile device on "vibrate" mode (or at least turning down the volume) -- but that assumes that the same patrons who abuse cell phone etiquette in public places will be conscientious and courteous enough to remember to change the setting.


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