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2013-11-20 07:31:17 PM
this is the best $50 falafel i've ever had! and what a bargain at only $25!
 
2013-11-20 08:13:42 PM

the801: this is the best $50 falafel i've ever had! and what a bargain at only $25!


This.  It depends on how overpriced the place was anyway, but I'd probably do it.
 
2013-11-20 08:17:02 PM
Hell yeah.  Which Taco Bell is making the offer?
 
2013-11-20 08:54:53 PM
I'd leave it in the car for a free dessert.
 
2013-11-20 09:05:09 PM
Easiest 50% discount ever. Hell yes, I would.

/apparently I'm one of those rare people with a mobile phone who can not only ignore it at will, but turn it off or leave it behind without going into withdrawal
//I love my iPhone, but it'll never take precedence over interacting with people right there with me in real life
 
2013-11-20 09:11:06 PM
Common sense and courtesy? I guess that's at a premium these days.

It should be: We take your credit card first. You let your phone ring, disturb other patrons and then carry on a conversation?  200% mark up. That's cost of being important. Probably deductible.
 
2013-11-20 09:24:56 PM
Do I have to turn off both phones? Because I have two.

/kind of a big deal
 
2013-11-20 09:29:14 PM
Is this the same kind of turning it off I do on airplanes? (I.e. Hiding it when the waitress is nearby)?
 
2013-11-20 09:31:37 PM
I kind of understand the aversion to people taking voice calls (because we tend to think we have to talk louder on the phone for some reason), but who gives a fark if I'm reading email or playing clash of clans or something?
 
2013-11-20 09:33:58 PM
mamoru:
//I love my iPhone, but it'll never take precedence over interacting with people right there with me in real life

Never say never. Some day you might be the only one not using your electronic connection to the world, and then you'll have nothing better to do.
 
2013-11-20 09:42:05 PM

serial_crusher: playing clash of clans


That any fun? Is it a "free" game in which you spend money to get good gear or whatever?
 
2013-11-20 09:44:56 PM
I dunno.  It's in Israel.  Do those guys like saving money?
 
2013-11-20 09:44:56 PM
I wouldn't. My time is more important than a few bucks off dinner. If calculated by the minute, I'd be losing more money by turning the phone off during the meal than I would having to pay the double cost of the food.

So no. My time is valuable.
 
2013-11-20 09:44:58 PM
as long as the restaurant accepts asspennies.
 
2013-11-20 09:45:38 PM
Yes, of course, never happen in America.  Too self centered and arrogant.
 
2013-11-20 09:45:52 PM
Seeing as I never carry my cell phone with me it would be the same as eating at any other restaurant.
 
2013-11-20 09:46:03 PM
How much of a discount do I get for just leaving the damned thing in the car where it belongs so I can enjoy my meal?
 
2013-11-20 09:46:59 PM
No.

My phone makes me much more than a room full of patrons ordering everything on the menu costs.
 
2013-11-20 09:47:03 PM
Excuse me... Garçon?
images.amcnetworks.com
Do you know if this restaurant is pager friendly? Do you have a phone bank?
 
2013-11-20 09:47:08 PM
3 seconds after clicking the link, I'm redirected to the App Store landing page for candy crush saga.

/dnrtfa after that.
//headline has the gist anyway
///slashies
 
2013-11-20 09:47:42 PM
Nope. Unless I'm dining out with other people, in which case of course.
 
2013-11-20 09:47:45 PM
Hell, I'll pay their bill if they leave their screaming kid in the car.
 
2013-11-20 09:50:16 PM

jaylectricity: Never say never. Some day you might be the only one not using your electronic connection to the world, and then you'll have nothing better to do.


I still get endless amusement out of crushing people's skulls between my fingertips. My imagination often has the maturity of a 10 year old. Somehow, I'll manage.

Also, if I'm with people and no one is interacting with me because they're all staring at their phones, then I might as well be alone. In which case I have few or no qualms about either just walking away or using my phone. But then such people probably really aren't worth spending much time with, IMNSHO. ;)

/or I'd probably start texting or otherwise messaging them all and refuse to speak out loud until they get the point ;)
 
2013-11-20 09:50:41 PM
Hell considering that I routinely forget about my phone for days I would be willing to turn it off for a bologna sandwich


Actual conversation I had with the Old Lady last month

Her "honey why didn't you answer your phone"
Me (checks phone) "huh, its dead, sorry"
Her "when did you charge it last?"
Me "last Thursday I think" (its now Tuesday)
Her (facepalm)
 
2013-11-20 09:53:24 PM
I use mine for my nook app when I'm on a trip. I'm usually not with people in the restaurant, and I like to read while eating.  So the discount wouldn't work for me.
 
2013-11-20 09:55:56 PM
No, but I'd eat somewhere that had USB plugins at the table and free wi-fi.
 
2013-11-20 09:56:28 PM
That would be the easiest 50 percent discount I will ever pick up. Nobody calls me anyway. I had a friend that would poke at his phone while we dined out. I might as well have been eating alone. Said friend doesn't get invites to hang out that much these days.
 
2013-11-20 09:56:47 PM
Yes. I would bring my old deactivated cell phone and turn it the fark off for a 25% discount.

/have no cell phone
//hate talking on phones
 
2013-11-20 09:57:07 PM
I'd turn it off for a week for a discount.  I haven't gotten an important call or text since I've owned the thing!
 
2013-11-20 09:57:19 PM
Absolutely.
 
2013-11-20 09:58:27 PM

noitsnot: I dunno.  It's in Israel.  Do those guys like saving money?


--- They sure do! The silence will anger the restaurant owner no end and all the jews will flock.

/air is free
//pizza
///Volkswagen
////canoe tips
 
2013-11-20 09:59:12 PM
I've thought about the return of the phone booth, where if you want to speak on your phone you go shut a sound insulated door in a private booth. But I'd also like to do a restaurant designed for quiet, plenty of soft surfaces, no right angles, lots of curves, soft background music. Someplace where you can enjoy fine food and gentle dinner conversation and maybe hammer out those deals without having to shout.
 
2013-11-20 09:59:19 PM
I can still run my Speak N' Spell while dining, though, right?
 
2013-11-20 09:59:38 PM

mamoru: /or I'd probably start texting or otherwise messaging them all and refuse to speak out loud until they get the point ;)


I'm so gonna do that next time I'm standing around watching people play with there phones.
 
2013-11-20 09:59:39 PM

oldwolf49: Yes, of course, never happen in America.  Too self centered and arrogant.


You haven't met many Israelis, have you?
 
2013-11-20 10:00:21 PM
Trick question.

Fark, yeah.
 
2013-11-20 10:01:44 PM
Can I get a pass on the multiple popups and popovers on that website instead?
 
2013-11-20 10:02:29 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: I wouldn't. My time is more important than a few bucks off dinner. If calculated by the minute, I'd be losing more money by turning the phone off during the meal than I would having to pay the double cost of the food.

So no. My time is valuable.


And yet you post to fark an insane amount.
 
2013-11-20 10:02:29 PM
since I turn it off for free, yes. I think
 
2013-11-20 10:02:47 PM
My phone is mainly a portable internet connection. I do like being able to connect, look up just about anything, read the news or Fark or whatever, communicate, etc. whenever and wherever I want. As I mentioned above, I do love having and using my iPhone (and my iPad, using my iPhone as a hotspot for it).

I'm just fully capable of putting the damned thing away without going through withdrawal. ;)

As a high school teacher in Thailand who is very strict about my "No Phones in the Classroom" policy, it's kind of funny and sad at the same time watching students squirm a bit at the start of each year because they are absolutely not at all used to not being able to use their phones or even have them for an hour or two. I admit I feel a bit of sadistic glee at putting them through that, but FFS it's pretty pathetic to not be able to survive an hour without one's phone without feeling antsy about it.

/obviously parents, other teachers, previous teachers, etc. aren't doing much to encourage ideas about appropriate time and place
//yes, many of my students are pretty much entitled spoiled little precious snowflakes
///and many of them think I'm the biggest asshole in the world for holding them accountable for what they do :D
 
TWX
2013-11-20 10:03:02 PM
Eating by myself? Depends on how long it takes. The phone as an Internet-connected device makes for convenient entertainment when there's time to kill, and if the restaurant takes a considerable amount of time to serve the meal, then it's probably not worthwhile. Fast-food or quick-to-serve sit-down places? Sure.

Dining with someone else? Shouldn't be a problem, as the conversation will be enough to keep me occupied or entertained while waiting for the meal. The only thing that might prove irksome would be an inability to use the internet-connected device to look up references should they be beneficial to the conversation, but that's not strictly necessary.
 
2013-11-20 10:03:39 PM
YES

/never owned a cell phone
 
2013-11-20 10:04:41 PM

serial_crusher: I kind of understand the aversion to people taking voice calls (because we tend to think we have to talk louder on the phone for some reason), but who gives a fark if I'm reading email or playing clash of clans or something?


The reason is trivial, well understood, and inexcusable: Mobile phone manufacturers have the sidetone set too low on almost all phones.
 
2013-11-20 10:05:50 PM
It annoys the hell out of me to see a table full of people all texting.  Talk to each other, damn it.

/lawn off
 
2013-11-20 10:06:29 PM
Since I've had a smartphone only about 1% of what I use it for is actually communicating with people so I'd be more than happy to turn it off.
 
2013-11-20 10:08:07 PM
Yes, but I am still paying in Bitcoins!
 
2013-11-20 10:09:54 PM
Hell yes I'd do it. I get maybe 3 calls a week. lots of texts but those can wait an hour.

My chiropractor's office charges $50 if your phone rings, $100 if you answer it and $150 if you talk for more than 1.5 min (you have to sign  a paper acknowledging this policy). Proceeds go to the food bank, but I turn it off anyway.
 
2013-11-20 10:12:00 PM

99.998er: Yes, but I am still paying in Bitcoins!


---- You can buy the whole place lunch with just one!
 
2013-11-20 10:13:22 PM

AgentPothead: AverageAmericanGuy: I wouldn't. My time is more important than a few bucks off dinner. If calculated by the minute, I'd be losing more money by turning the phone off during the meal than I would having to pay the double cost of the food.

So no. My time is valuable.

And yet you post to fark an insane amount.


He's a drug dealer, clearly.
 
2013-11-20 10:13:31 PM

hundreddollarman: That would be the easiest 50 percent discount I will ever pick up. Nobody calls me anyway. I had a friend that would poke at his phone while we dined out. I might as well have been eating alone. Said friend doesn't get invites to hang out that much these days.


Likewise.

My friends all know I don't answer my phone, so "turning it off" is about the same as my life anyway.
 
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