5%, I’ll Take That!

See this from AP?

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – A Los Angeles restaurant is offering a deal to customers who agree to look at their fellow diners instead of their phone screens.

Eva Restaurant is giving a 5 percent discount to customers who will leave their cellphones with staff when they are seated.

Owner Mark Gold told KPCC radio (http://bit.ly/Pn6Jx1 ) on Tuesday that the policy isn’t about other diners who might be annoyed by cellphone chatter or the glow of smartphone screens, but an attempt to create an environment where diners connect to each other instead of to technology.

Servers make the offer to diners when they introduce themselves.

Gold says nearly half take advantage of the discount, and many express gratitude at the opportunity to let go of their devices for a while.

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://thekingsfellowship.com Steve, Winnipeg, Canada

    What a creative way to publicize a restaurant!

    I hope it brings them business and their diners better experiences.

  • http://dereksweatman.tumblr.com Derek Sweatman

    The pendulum is beginning to swing…I hope.

  • Barb

    I see people, at the same table, both texting. I also saw a Dad at the Y–standing in the water and texting the whole time that he *watched* his toddler in the wading pool.

  • http://onpoptheology.blogspot.com Benjamin Howard

    This is incredibly cool, thanks for bringing attention to it.

  • harmony

    I like this idea very much. I’ve always talked to people. On line at the supermarket, my kids would roll their eyes because rather than stand in line bored, I’d start conversations, especially looking at people’s babies or children. Each of us has something, no matter how small, in common with every other member of the human race. Don’t know what it is? You can find out by starting a conversation. I keep singles in my car to give to people who are panhandling and I never just give them the money, I talk to them, as long as the traffic will allow. Who says I’m more deserving of life than they? They may have made poor decisions, but maybe not and they are just as human as I am. We all have something to offer, we are all flawed, we are all amazing. Stop looking for differences, look for inclusiveness in your life. Where’s my veggie burger?

  • Larry Barber

    I’d give them 10% if they’d just keep the darn thing.

  • CDL

    This is fantastic.