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Those of use who are always connected are guilty of peeking at our phone during a nice dinner out. Hence, the smartphone screen glow has replaced the candle as the most common type of lighting at restaurants. It’s not always intentional, it just happens, almost like a reflex. Well, what if someone offered you an incentive not to use your phone during dinner, maybe 5 percent off a hefty dinner bill?
That’s what Mark Gold is extending to diners at his upscale Los Angeles spot, EVA Restaurant. The offer is printed at the bottom of EVA’s menu and is suggested by the server. If you decide you’d like to go for it, you can give your phone to the receptionist and it will be held near the entrance in a basket with your name on it to be retrieved when you leave. It’s important to note that this isn’t a ban on cell phones, just a suggestion with a 5 percent incentive. According to Gold, about 40 percent of the patrons coming into EVA have participated.
Gold told Kai Ryssdal on American Public Media’s Marketplace, that he felt phones were a distraction from conversation and connection at the dinner table. “For us, it's the art of the lost conversation -- how people don't converse anymore when they sit at the table. What you see now is a cell phone on the dining room table. We're trying to get away from that.” He admits that he's guilty of this violation in dining etiquette and says that’s part of the reason he decided to try this out.
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I'd always wanted to get myself one of those phone jammers I'd read about over the years. I never have found a source I thought was real and last I knew the FCC said no no for us to have one...but it would be fun wouldn't it? At the time, I imagined using it while in traffic jams in the truck. It's already sitting high enough to see down on everyone around so killing cell phones in a place like Los Angeles would be hilarious.... (Okay, maybe a warped sense of humor I admit it)
I'd love it for something like this though. There is nothing worse than some kid banging away on their giant LCD screen in a dark theater or ...of ALL the offenses...a ringing phone in a nice dining room. Dante' never saw all the levels....there has to be a special one for people using gizmos when they shouldn't!edit on 20-8-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by smyleegrl
Wonderful article, S&F!
What I find crazy is whenever my family visits a theme park, everyone is on their phones either talkin or textin! Come on, you are at Disneyworld and you'd rather text than pay attention to the awesomeness around you?
We were getting on a roller coaster when the girl in front of us got a call....we're riding up the hill to the top and she's talking away on her cell phone. Telling whoever about how she's stuck at the theme park and its soooo boring. I couldn't believe it. You're on a roller coaster! Enjoy it!
I guess its kinda like the camera phenomenon. People so busy taking pictures that they don't actually take the time to just be in the moment.
Originally posted by havok
People are becoming more ignorant and rude everyday with these cellphones.
It's becoming a nuisance, to the cellphone user, if you tell them to get off their phone!
How ridiculous is that?
It's getting beyond "out-of-control" and I believe that it needs to stop.
But...you can't correct the bad habits of others, without some recourse.
I hate the fact that people believe it's an "extension" of themselves.
That's a load of bullcrap.
Get off your phone and look around.
People don't want to hear you talk into it.
(loud enough to annoy others)
Be courteous for God's sake!