Restaurant Gives Discount For Staying Off Cell Phones
Be honest: How many times a day do your check your phone? For many of us, our mobile phones are practically welded to our hands, and not having access can cause a full-blown panic attack. Which is why a restaurant in Los Angeles, Calif., has offered patrons a special discount if they can put their smartphones away.
Eva restaurant is advocating that people stop texting and start talking -- to the people at their dining tables, and is prepared to offer a five percent discount to those who abide by the policy. Mark Gold is the owner and chef of Eva's and says he created the discount program in order to promote a more "familial" atmosphere.
"For us, it's really not about people disrupting other guests. Eva is home, and we want to create that environment of home, and we want people to connect again," he told KPCC.com. "It's about two people sitting together and just connecting, without the distraction of a phone, and we're trying to create an ambience where you come in and really enjoy the experience and the food and the company."
Gold admits that he's been part of the problem in the past. "I'm guilty of it as well. When [my wife and I] go to dinner it seems like the cell phone is part of the table setting now," he said. "Every table you look at, it's a wine glass, the silverware and the cell phone."
What do you think? Would you welcome a cell phone-free meal, or are you one of the offending texters?
-- Julie Gerstein
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