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Do or Don't: Leaving Your Phone on a Restaurant's Table

Do or Don't: Leaving Your Phone on a Restaurant's Table

Yesterday on his blog, Michael Bauer, the restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, discussed the usage of cell phones in restaurants. It seems more people are leaving their cell phones on the table while dining. This can be problematic when there is a large group, and the waiter is looking for a place to set food. According to Bauer, "leaving phones on the table is rude" and "restaurants, for the most part, should be phone-free zones." I agree with him and keep my phone in my purse — not on the table — when dining out. How do you feel about the matter?

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Spectra Spectra 7 years
If I'm meeting someone at the restaurant, I'll have my phone out in the lobby area, but once the other person gets there, the phone goes in my purse where it belongs.
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Put. It. Away. Now. So EFFIN ruuuuuude and annoying. These days, it seems like everyone has their iphones out and is busily typing away...I don't want to look at the top of your head! I'll just email/im/text you my thoughts...
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
don't don't don't.
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 7 years
don't don't don't.
mek123 mek123 7 years
Pet peeve of mine; people checking their phone while we are eating but it's OK to have it out while waiting for everyone to arrive.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Don't, unless you're waiting for someone. Just like texting or answering your phone, I just think it's rude.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I'm with Zulkey. I only take out my phone while I'm waiting for someone to show up, and when they do, I put my phone away.
dit-dah-dit dit-dah-dit 7 years
To me using your phone in a restaurant is rude period. It doesn't matter if you are in a group setting or an intimate setting, it's rude and annoys both the staff and the people around you. And half the time in my experience people are on their phone while ordering and then become mad when their order isn't right because they couldn't be bothered to put the phone away.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
agreed -- keep it out if I'm waiting for someone join me, at which point I put it away
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
i only do it if i"m waiting for someone who hasn't shown up yet and want to see if they call/text to update
hbrown12 hbrown12 7 years
I'm in the same boat with AlexisSF. If its a casual outing to go eat I don't see it being a problem. If its an important dinner or something special, then the phone gets put away and probably silenced!
AlexisSF AlexisSF 7 years
I usually keep it on the table when dining out with a group of people, but if i'm at an intimate dinner, my trusty phone stays safe and sound in my purse
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
I'm with DeviousMuse, I keep it out until everyone gets to the restaurant, because I never hear it in my purse. Once everyone arrives, though, I put it away.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 7 years
I generally keep it in my purse, unless I'm expecting an important call - usually ones that involve big groups where we're waiting on someone, needs directions, etc.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
A don't. My friend always leaves his phone on the table when we're out and it's constantly lighting up and beeping because of tms or emails coming in. IT'S FRIGGIN' ANNOYING! I want to throw a napkin over it sometimes. ;)
syako syako 7 years
Definitely a don't.
syako syako 7 years
Definitely a don't.
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