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Israeli Restaurateur Offers Half Price On Everything For Turning Off Your Phone

Jawdat Ibrahim will give 50% off to those who shut off their phones and converse with one another

By: Graham Sigurdson
Published: November 22nd, 2013 in Business » Israel
Abu Ghosh Restaurant

Jawdat Ibrahim has spent decades promoting peaceful coexistence between the Jewish and Arab populations of Israel. Now he’s shifting his attention to the relationship between his customers and their meals. Ibrahim has announced that, for those who turn off their phones in his restaurant, he will give a 50% discount.

“I’m changing something. It might be something small, but maybe in some small way I’ll be changing the culture of eating,” Ibrahim told the Associated Press.

Abu Ghosh, Ibrahim’s restaurant, is well-known in Jerusalem, though it is technically just outside the cusp. Ibrahim says he first tried to curb phone use by collecting them at the front door after he saw groups of friends or married couples sitting in silence and staring at their screens. Realizing this was impractical, he introduced the discount.

“Technology is very good. But just when you eat, just especially when you are with your family and your friends, you can just wait for half an hour and enjoy the food and enjoy the company,” he said.

“A lot of people, they sit down and they don’t enjoy their food, their company,” he added.

The discount hasn’t been bad for business it would seem. “I have a lot of new customers,” said Ibrahim. He said that virtually every customer who has entered the restaurant since he began the promotion has taken him up on the offer. “People come from Jerusalem. People come from Tel Aviv, and they all have one thing in common: This telephone is not good for me when I am eating.”

What allows Ibrahim to offer such a discount? While living in the U.S. in the 1980s, he won $23 million in an Illinois state lottery. That probably helps.

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