A restaurant in Los Angeles encourages its customers to be more sociable - by giving them a 5 percent discount if they give up their mobile phone at the door.
Marc Gold, the owner of Eva Restaurant, says his goal is not to minimize annoying message and ring tones, but to encourage patrons to relax and enjoy the company of the person they are with.
This promotion appears to be the first of its kind in the US, and is unexpectedly helping the restaurant make more money. Reaction has been positive, with about half the customers gladly surrendering their phones at the door.
According to Gold, customers have said: 'Here's my phone and don't even worry about the 5 percent.'
This unusual promotion seems to be a friendly alternative to the outright mobile phone ban that many US restaurants have adopted in recent years.
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This article was contributed by the STOMP Team.