The Phone Stack ... haha! I love it!

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    Jan 06, 2012 10:28 PM GMT
    "We usually take a pretty hard line against phones at dinner, but a new trick just popped up that gives us hope for the future.

    It’s called a phone stack, and it’s a buzzing, flashing reminder of every phone-etiquette rule the world seems to have forgotten.

    It works like this: as you arrive, each person places their phone facedown in the center of the table. (If you’re feeling theatrical, you can go for a stack like this one, but it’s not required.)

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    As the meal goes on, you’ll hear various texts and emails arriving… and you’ll do absolutely nothing. You’ll face temptation—maybe even a few involuntary reaches toward the middle of the table—but you’ll be bound by the single, all-important rule of the phone stack.

    Whoever picks up their phone is footing the bill.

    It’s a brilliant piece of social engineering, masquerading as a bar game. It takes the phone out of the pocket—where you can sneak a glance and hope nobody notices—and places it in the center of attention at all times. Suddenly, picking up your phone is the big deal you always secretly knew it was. And more importantly, it comes with consequences.

    But if, after the third ring, you decide your call is more important than your lunch tab, we’re sure your friends won’t object."

    http://www.getkempt.com/the-code/the-phone-stack.php
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    Jan 06, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    Interesting concept, but I'd only play the game if my partner was at the table, too. I NEVER reject a call from him, he'd positively panic, but neither will I answer the phone at the table, excusing myself for that purpose. I also reserve the right to receive any very important calls I'm already expecting, and to check the screen to see who's calling.

    But the truth is I almost never take a call at the table, and often silence the phone beforehand, when my partner is with me and I'm expecting nothing urgent. Voicemail can be checked later. Nor do I text or email at the table.

    BTW, lovely to see you back active, Caslon. Hope you're thriving. You knew I've been treated for cancer, too, right? Just prostate, one of the less difficult, though the docs have not made me feel entirely confident at times. I get my first post-op evaluation in 2 months to see how good a job they did.
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    Jan 06, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    I LOVE this idea. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    jerbear89 saidI LOVE this idea. icon_razz.gif


    Me too... I know a jack ass that will lose EVERYTIME!
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    They do have off buttons for a reason.
  • a303guy

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    Jan 07, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    This is awesome! Just shared it on FB
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    Jan 07, 2012 1:31 AM GMT
    I will never be paying since I never get calls or txts. Great idea till someone's mom dies.
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    Jan 07, 2012 2:58 AM GMT
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    So doing this. On a practical level though, since I often eat out with large groups and would thus be asking a lot of the "loser," I might change the rules to paying for a few appetizers or something.
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:09 AM GMT
    Love this idea
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    jerbear89 saidI LOVE this idea. icon_razz.gif


    I do too. I'd win every time. I'm good at putting the phone away when I'm with people.

    If there is an important call, I let the person I'm with know about this up front. And, it's the exception not the rule. It's very rare when I have a call that important. I've only had that situation a few times in my life.
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:12 AM GMT
    TheCelticFury saidI will never be paying since I never get calls or txts. Great idea till someone's mom dies.


    A situation like this is what was in the balance the last time I had to tell a class that I was teaching that I might have to answer the phone. Fortunately, the phone never rang.
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    haha I love it, I would arrive last and mass text all of them, "thanks for paying for my meal."
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:31 AM GMT
    I just put mine on vibrate and let it go to voicemail. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 07, 2012 3:33 AM GMT
    Yeah, I was just thinking, mine vibrates a little too strong to stack like that. They'd all hump around like a little phone orgy train.
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    Jan 07, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    I thought a "phone stack" was the pile of phone books in the closet.
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:17 AM GMT
    HAHA Yay Caslons back, LOLCATS for EVERYONE!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    So basically it's for people who have rude friends.
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:24 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidYeah, I was just thinking, mine vibrates a little too strong to stack like that. They'd all hump around like a little phone orgy train.
    My first thought was "are they all supposed to vibrate at the same time?"
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    How Pavlovian
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    But what if nobody answers it?

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    Jan 07, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    TheCelticFury saidGreat idea till someone's mom dies.

    Why, what happens when someone's mom dies?
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    Jan 07, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    unfounded7 said
    TheCelticFury saidGreat idea till someone's mom dies.
    Why, what happens when someone's mom dies?
    They should probably answer their phone to hear the news.
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    Jan 07, 2012 8:33 AM GMT
    I love the concept because I really hate when people take phone calls or text at the dinner table.

    I have a question. What if you just want to check the time?
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    Jan 07, 2012 8:41 AM GMT
    Ermine saidI love the concept because I really hate when people take phone calls or text at the dinner table.

    I have a question. What if you just want to check the time?



    Wear a watch
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    Jan 07, 2012 8:43 AM GMT
    tyler_helm said
    Ermine saidI have a question. What if you just want to check the time?
    Wear a watch
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