October 06, 2006
Perry's Deli in Chicago, Illinois is my kind of place
Wrote Alexia Elajalde-Ruiz in a story in the October 3 Chicago Tribune, "If you make or receive a call at the bustling downtown sandwich shop, you trip a sensor that triggers an excruciating wail akin to a firehouse siren. Before you can hit 'End,' all eyes are on you, violator of Perry's cardinal rule: 'If you are that important that you must use your phone, you should be eating at a much more upscale restaurant.'"
As one who abhors self-importance, I'm loving it.
If your cellphone goes off while you're reading bookofjoe, you should be viewing a much more upscale website.
Wait a minute....
Here's the article.
- Talk at your own risk at these local spots
You do not want your cell phone going off at Perry's Deli.
If you make or receive a call at the bustling downtown sandwich shop, you trip a sensor that triggers an excruciating wail akin to a firehouse siren. Before you can hit "End," all eyes are on you, violator of Perry's cardinal rule: "If you are that important that you must use your phone, you should be eating at a much more upscale restaurant."
Perry's cell-phone ban, born during a busy lunch rush in 1996 when customers were so busy gabbing on their cell phones they couldn't order, was a pioneer in the backlash against cell phones.
"If people are on their cell phones, they're not participating in our community," Perry's manager Earnest Ford said.
Increasingly, other businesses are catching on — though with subtler methods.
At downtown restaurant Bandera, which bans cell phones in the dining room, waiters will "graciously" drop a "nicely printed" note on a user's table informing them of the policy, general manager Tracy Smith said.
Such restrictions, Smith said, are becoming "more common than not" in the restaurant industry.
A more informal cell-phone ban has taken root at Pelly's Liquors in Lakeview, where a handwritten note taped to the door alerts customers they can't shop and talk. Owner Dianna Fourkas said she instituted the ban this summer because people take longer to shop when they're roaming around the store chatting on their phones, disrupting her job because she's forced to stay and baby-sit them.
Cell-phone restrictions also are popping up in the workplace because the noise disrupts co-workers and can interfere with productivity. About 40 percent of organizations surveyed by the Society for Human Resource Management had a written cell-phone policy in place in 2004.
Some banks have banned cell phones for security reasons, and camera phones are unwelcome at some gyms to protect people's privacy. Camera phones — used by about 40 percent of cell-phone subscribers, according to Telephia — also are a concern at some companies that worry employees might use them to disseminate embarrassing photos of colleagues or to leak confidential documents and trade secrets.
"There's no question that some companies are worried about the risks associated with leaks, especially with the electronic capability today," said John Challenger, CEO of the Chicago outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. "But companies can't afford to ban cell phones. The world works on cell phones."
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