Restaurant offers free kids meals to parents who ditch cell phones during dinner

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – A U.K.-based Italian restaurant chain is offering an incentive for parents to get off their phones at the dinner table — free meals for their kids!

Frankie & Benny’s has launched its “no-phone zone” promotion following a recent survey that revealed nearly 20 percent of kiddos say they felt their parents preferred to be on their phones during meals than to talk. 

The restaurant conducted a survey on 1,500 people to see how the use of cell phones affected dinnertime. 

About 23 percent of parents admitted they checked their phones during meals, often while their child was talking. 

Around 10 percent of kiddos said they even went as far as to try and hide their parents’ phones to get more attention. 

At Frankie & Benny’s, a special box is provided for you to store your phone during the meal.

The promotion is optional and will run through Dec. 7.

Those on the internet were divided over the concept of no-tech tables. 

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