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Restaurant offers 50% off if you turn off your phone
We've all either seen it happen, or been part of the problem: you go out to eat and rather than interacting with the people that they're with at the restaurant, people are either talking on their phone, surfing the web, checking Facebook or Instagram, or maybe even playing a game. Well, at least one restaurant owner wants it all to stop, so he is offering a substantial incentive.

Jawdat Ibrahim owns the restaurant Abu Ghosh, which is located about 10 km outside of Jerusalem. He says that he is tired of people talking on cell phones, or ignoring each other, and he has a creative solution: if you turn off your phone (and presumably you have to also leave it off throughout the meal), you'll get 50% off of your bill. Ibrahim said about it all: 
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. A lot of people, they sit down and they don't enjoy their food, their company.

Apparently, Ibrahim says that the issue has gotten so bad in recent years and people have been so focused on their smartphones that they eventually ask for their food to be reheated, because they haven't even bothered to eat. Although, we're sure that they have at least taken an Instagram shot of their food before it got cold. 

source: AP via CNET

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posted on 23 Nov 2013, 14:52 16

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3305; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Not a bad idea at all in my opinion!

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 19:40 1

11. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


What?! We should offer discounts because you are disrespectful to your friends and others using tech in a restaurant. We should offer discount so you can reconnect with your fello H. Sapiens versus the hivemind?

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 14:55 5

2. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


KFC, please implement this and i shall leave my phone out, Galaxy Gear ;)

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 15:03

3. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


LoL KFC... +1

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 15:54 1

7. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Taco Bell!

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 15:51 5

6. p0rkguy (Posts: 684; Member since: 23 Nov 2010)


Phone OFF, not away.
The gear is dependent on the phone.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 15:04 2

4. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I love it. And I have noticed that I don't interact near as much with my friends and family out out to eat or even family gatherings since Smartphones and Social Networking has become what it is today.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 15:37 4

5. kenjoe (Posts: 7; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


Not good, then no one will be able to take pics of their foods lol

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 18:38 4

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I think when youre in public resturants people need to get OFF THEIR PHONE for once and respect other people when eating in a public resturant

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 18:51 5

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Facebook would have 50% less pics if this happened! I'm hella guilty of posting restaurant pics.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 19:32

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 3231; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Ok i am guility of taking picture of the food to post online.

Out of respect, i don't continuously use my smartphone when i am in the company of someone or take a call. I always call the person back later.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 20:28 1

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 12619; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah same here, I'll even mute/vibrate it so it doesn't bother people. I do text under the table though lol. What's funny is I'm sitting in a pizzeria, at the cannery hotel with my wife posting this lol. She's Facebooking SMDH.

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 23:23 1

15. andynaija (Posts: 485; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


^THAT'S WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT!!! Besides she's your wife come on now!

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 21:16

13. Darkerm (Posts: 215; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Really Good idea

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 21:38

14. boomboom (Posts: 53; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Very awesome idea..

posted on 23 Nov 2013, 23:43 1

16. BigBoss10 (Posts: 233; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


Nowadays everywhere you go you'll find everyone hold mobile phone taking photos people don't realize how disturbing is this s h i t... in the 80's and 90's life was much better!!! if you get what I mean...

posted on 24 Nov 2013, 05:49

17. zunaidahmed (Posts: 77; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


uh.....don't really know how it was back then, because I never really bothered to live back then, I wasn't even born. Anyway, I think talking on phone at dinner is rude, but texting is alright.

posted on 24 Nov 2013, 10:27

18. BigBoss10 (Posts: 233; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


whatever texting or talking during a dinner is very rude this is not a thing to do at all, you should know how to use your mobile phone properly...

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 06:03

19. zunaidahmed (Posts: 77; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Uh, just an opinion, no need to get all heated up......

posted on 25 Nov 2013, 10:57

20. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


what you stated is not an opinion and nor do you understand what one is. your statement is typical of many in this new era socializing via technology. it is sad to see friends and couples into their tech. Back to what I was saying about your statement, it show you have no ethics, values, and etiquette like many of the drones out and about.

smsing just as rude as talking on the phone while with company or in a space that is shared by many. may it be public transportation, cafes, dinning facilities, hospitals, or with LOVED one's.

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