U.K. Restaurant Chain Offers Free Meals For Kids—But It Comes With A Catch That Has People Torn

British mainstay Frankie And Benny’s has a proposition for diners that conflicts with modern sensibilities.

In all 250 locations, the restaurant is offering children at any table free meals — as long as parents and kids hand in their cell phones at the door.

A spokesperson for the chain said:

“We looked at various ways we could encourage people to engage more at the dinner table, and we’ve found giving families the chance to part with their devices for a mere couple of hours is a great way to bring them closer and embrace family time.”

In a tweet, the restaurant said:

“Our staff will be actively encouraging customers and families to take part in the initiative but of course, we can’t force them to hand over their phones.  If the initiative is a success we’ll certainly be looking at ways to activate it on a more permanent basis.”

Customers are torn about the idea.  While free food sounds appealing, does it set a dangerous precedent?

And most don’t think it will actually work.

And one customer was not having it at all, claiming Frankie & Benny’s are going too far by “policing parents.”

But the idea is not without its supporters.

And then some see both sides of the argument.

Maybe this would work out better at a restaurant no one has quarrels with. What do you think?

H/T: The Sun, Twitter