Unplugged: L.A. Restaurant Offers Discount to Customers Who Forfeit Phones at The Door

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We've all sat with someone who's tethered to their email, frantically texting with their boyfriend, or obsessively running a Tweet-by-Tweet of a meal. It's annoying, and it can be awkward to have to bring those etiquette to your dining partner's attention. Thankfully, one L.A. restauranteur has taken matters into his own hands.

Eater LA reports that chef Mark Gold of Eva has instilled a new policy at his farm-to-table restaurant on Beverly, offering diners who leave their cell phones with the receptionist 5% off of their final check.

We wish that more establishments would offer such incentives. In fact, we wish there were hands free dining police in restaurants.

What are your thoughts? Do you feel that this is a service industry, and people should be free to do what they want? Or do you wish more diners were somehow incentivized to shut down during dinner hours?