Restaurant offers 50% off if you turn off your phone

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: 

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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20 Comments

1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Not a bad idea at all in my opinion!

11. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 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?

2. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

3. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

LoL KFC... +1

7. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Taco Bell!

6. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

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

4. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 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.

5. kenjoe

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

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

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30783; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30783; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

15. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

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

13. Darkerm

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Really Good idea

14. boomboom

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Very awesome idea..

16. BigBoss10

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 31, 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...

17. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 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.

18. BigBoss10

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 31, 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...

19. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

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

20. meowcenary

Posts: 187; Member since: Apr 13, 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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