Jump to content

Restaurant offers 50 percent discount for turning off phone


Salty Dog

Recommended Posts

  • Administrator
Salty Dog

By Chris Matyszczyk, news.cnet.com

 

Look your lover in the face. Tell him or her why they're the best, most gorgeous, most intelligent, inspiring person you've ever met.
 
Then dig into your mackerel or your malloreddus.
 
That's how a romantic meal should go. Instead, these days, the obligatory phones lie on the table like needy puppies. Within moments, the lovers' eyes are buried in them, as if this were a table for one.
 
One restaurateur in Israel has decided that, rather than ban cell phones, he will offer an incentive so great that it makes your average Black Friday bargain seem like robbery.
 
Jawdat Ibrahim, owner of the Abu Ghosh restaurant in an Arab village outside Jerusalem, is offering a 50 percent discount if everyone at the table turns off his or her cell phone.
 
As the Associated Press hears it, Ibrahim got tired of the married or the loving sitting in silence. Why, sometimes they were so grossly engrossed that they didn't even eat. They asked him to reheat their food.
 
What has happened to our world when we prefer to Snapchat rather than sample perfectly cooked snap peas?
 
Ibrahim explained his feelings to the AP: "Technology is very good. But just when you eat, just especially when you are with your family and your friends, you can just wait for half an hour and enjoy the food and enjoy the company."
 
Of course you can't. You have to Instagram and tweet a picture of your starter. You have to check in on Foursquare. You have to post "Date night with Kasi The Office Librarian!" to Facebook.
 
And shame on you if you forget to inform your Google+ followers.
 
What's remarkable is Ibrahim's apparent generosity. A 50 percent discount suggests an assault on his margins -- which, in most restaurants, are markedly thin.
 
Last year, LA restaurant Eva offered its customers a 5 percent incentive to leave their cell phones at the door.
 
Recently, another LA restaurant, Bucato, banned cell phones in order to prevent what it called "Gastro ADD."
 
Some New York restaurants, such as those owned by famed chef David Chang, ban the use of phones to take food p*orn. San Francisco's sublime La Ciccia is another that discourages phone use, albeit politely.
 
Ibrahim says he tried to encourage customers to leave their phones at the door, but this proved too complex.
 
His plaintive generosity has caused, he said, almost every customer to take him up on his offer. It's also brought in some new customers.
 
Perhaps the discount, then, is merely excellent publicity.
 
It's sad, though, that people have to be bribed to do something that their souls might tell them is the human thing to do.
 
But we began to sell our souls to technology a few years ago. In fact, we gave technology 50 percent of our selves just to take our souls away.

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
musicman666

and now they are starting to allow cell phones to be used during a flight. .....

Link to post
Share on other sites
Brucewayne

and now they are starting to allow cell phones to be used during a flight. .....

 

They should allocate a certain area on the plane (much like first class) for cellphone addicts as those things are bothersome to normal folks.

Passengers using cell phones should have to buy two tickets, one for themselves and one for the cell phone.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

They should allocate a certain area on the plane (much like first class) for cellphone addicts as those things are bothersome to normal folks.

Passengers using cell phones should have to buy two tickets, one for themselves and one for the cell phone.

 

They should only allow SMS and Wifi (and block any sort of VOIP or Skype etc.). If I want a loudmouth talking non-stop next to me, I'll buy him 6 rounds of scotch. Or I'll fly with my wife. Ba da boom. Try the veal. :)

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Triple Diamond Sponsor
Monsoon

Before allowing cell phones they should teach people there is no need to yell into their cell phone. I think Koreans have an extra hard time understanding this simple fact. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Brucewayne

Before allowing cell phones they should teach people there is no need to yell into their cell phone. I think Koreans have an extra hard time understanding this simple fact. 

 

My wife does that and she is impossible to understand when she calls me.

I constantly have to tell her to speak softly so I can understand her.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Triple Diamond Sponsor
Monsoon

My wife does that and she is impossible to understand when she calls me.

I constantly have to tell her to speak softly so I can understand her.

 

While in the States my wife, being so used to nothing working properly in the Philippines, would start each call to me with, "Hello, hello, can you hear me?" 

 

followed by an excited, "Yes I can hear you!!!" 

 

Every time. 

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
cebubird

They should allocate a certain area on the plane (much like first class) for cellphone addicts as those things are bothersome to normal folks.

Passengers using cell phones should have to buy two tickets, one for themselves and one for the cell phone.

YES YES YES YES YES YES and YES SOME MORE!!!!!!!!!!

They should be banned in ALL public places.

Cigarettes have been banned almost everywhere, the same can be done with these blasted things.

Link to post
Share on other sites
cebubird

Umm, ok. So where is this restaurant in Cebu?

Rude cellphone users are EVERYWHERE!!!!

If it doesn't interest you why be a nimrod and post a reply

Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Guidelines. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue..