Speak Up: Would You Hand In Your Cell Phone for a Restaurant Discount?

One LA restaurant is trying it out, but do you think it would work in our neck of the woods?

A new restaurant in Los Angeles is giving diners a five percent discount for handing over their cell phones during meals.

Eva's owner, Mark Gold, said in an interview on a California public radio station that he hopes the effort will bring people's focus back to each other instead of on cell phones.

At the restaurant, a server presents the diner with the offer to fork over their phone during the meal in turn for five percent discount. If the diner complies, the server takes the cell phone and rubber bands a piece of paper with the guest's name to the phone. After paying, the phone is returned.

But would that work further north? Over on Facebook, we asked you if you would participate in the phoneless meal for a discount, and here were some reader responses. Take a read and tell us what you think in the comments!

Desiree Marie: Nope, if my children are not with me no way! I have a son with major food allergies and you never know what could happen.

Barbara Keating-Wolk: Don't think people would hand over their phones for a discount! Ever notice people with Iphones have to have them on the table at all times? Guilty as charged!!

Barbara Orth: In a heartbeat! I can be disconnected for an hour or so and give my dinner companion my attention.

David Benoit: Yes.

Would you do it? Can you part with your phone for a while? Tell us in the comments!

Watzon McWats August 22, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I'm not bashing your idea, but why waste your time going the old fashion route when you have new technology (which you likely paid a good deal of money for) that allows you to do that much quicker and easier? It seems like a waste of precious time to me. I too love Yelping, I didn't even think about that when I made my original reply to this story. Eateries that have free wifi always get an extra little nod from me on Yelp. And if you have wifi or are in a solid 3G zone, you're much more likely to get a review period than if I have to wait to get home to post as I'll often forget. Just something for restaurateurs to consider.
Watzon McWats August 22, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Re: Outright cellphone ban- When I see "no cell phone" signs someplace, especially a place run by older folks, I always wonder if they mean no talking on cell phones, or simply no cell phones at all. Sometimes I'll ask and they'll say that fiddling with my phone is fine as long as I don't make calls. Others have expressed concern over people taking photos inside their business (I don't understand this, but okay). They need to be more specific.
Cathy P. August 22, 2012 at 06:54 PM
@liz: Watzon beat me to it ;D. I don't carry my digital camera everywhere I go because my 3G cell phone makes taking & uploading photos (to Yelp) so much quicker.
Mary Smith August 23, 2012 at 05:35 AM
I still have a "Dumb" phone so correct me if I'm wrong, but don't people with Smart phones have a LOT of personal info on their phones? Is it wise to hand over your phone to restaurant (or any other) personnel who might go snooping into the private business you have programmed into your phone??


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