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charlescuston

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  • Location: San Diego, CA
Customer phone charging? Mon, 01/14/13 5:49 PM (permalink)
Hello everyone,
   just wanted to ask a few questions of the restaurant owners.
 
  • How do your customers charge phones in your restaurants, if at all?
  • Do they plug in their own charger?
  • Do you provide one?
Thank you for your time!
-Charles
 
#1
    felix4067

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    • Location: Near Grand Rapids, MI
    Re:Customer phone charging? Mon, 01/14/13 5:55 PM (permalink)
    I'm not an owner, but I am a customer frequently low on battery if that helps. I have never had a restaurant or anywhere else provide a charger (with the exception of my friend who tends bar and has the same phone I do, but that's her personal charger). I've never asked anywhere I wasn't a regular, but I've almost never been allowed to plug in anywhere there wasn't an obvious outlet within reach of the public. Always with my own charger, though.
     
    #2
      chefbuba

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      • Location: Near You, WA
      Re:Customer phone charging? Mon, 01/14/13 9:16 PM (permalink)
      Quit checking your Facebook page for updates every 30 seconds!
       
      #3
        felix4067

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        Re:Customer phone charging? Mon, 01/14/13 9:39 PM (permalink)
        Me? If so, I love how you assume you know anything about my habits. If not, I apologize for being immediately offended by your assumptions.
         
        #4
          mhill95

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          • Location: bradenton, FL
          Re:Customer phone charging? Mon, 01/14/13 9:47 PM (permalink)
          LOL
           
          #5
            The Travelin Man

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            • Location: Central FL
            Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 12:15 AM (permalink)
            Funny you should mention that. On my most recent trip, I found myself low on battery power. We stopped for dinner on the way to the airport and was able to secure a seat near a wall outlet where I could charge my phone. I have a dual power charger (can be used in a cigarette lighter in the car or a traditional wall outlet) and it fits nicely into my camera bag. No one in the restaurant batted an eye.
             
            I use my "phone" not only for phone calls and text messages, but as a point-and-shoot camera (don't have to take out the bulky DSLR), my GPS, my timepiece, my newspaper, personal entertainment device, and occasionally, it makes a good coaster. That said, it drains battery juice like there's no tomorrow. So, I don't leave home without the charger.
             
            #6
              ann peeples

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              • Location: West Allis, Wisconsin
              Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 6:08 AM (permalink)
              We have no problem with people charging their phones in the Starbucks cafe. We dont provide chargers, but i have one on me and have let customers use it if needed.
               
              #7
                Ice Cream Man

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                • Location: Ontario Canada
                Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 9:20 AM (permalink)
                I guess that will be the next thing at the Donut shops the next time they renovate, a plug at every table. Funny they don't seem to have thought of it yet.
                 
                #8
                  buffetbuster

                  Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 9:23 AM (permalink)
                  I've never needed to recharge my phone in a restaurant before, but the nice people at Gilman's Fairlee Diner in Vermont once let me recharge my camera battery while I was eating.  Needless to say, I would never expect to use someone else's charger.
                   
                  #9
                    The Travelin Man

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                    • Location: Central FL
                    Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 9:23 AM (permalink)
                    Hotels have already started adding more plugs in rooms. I still carry my own portable strip for the rare instances when there are not enough plugs in the room (or when the plugs are inconvenient). It would seem likely that as new restaurants are built, more electrical outlets will be added to the design.
                     
                    #10
                      buffetbuster

                      Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 9:36 AM (permalink)
                      .....especially restaurants that cater to business travelers.
                       
                      #11
                        Ice Cream Man

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                        • Location: Ontario Canada
                        Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 9:55 AM (permalink)
                        LOL, next year someone will find this thread and be amazed that they found a place that serves food with no where to plug in their phone. They'll be so put out by the lack of outlets they will swear they'll never return.
                         
                        #12
                          joerogo

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                          • Location: Pittston, PA
                          Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 9:59 AM (permalink)
                          I was recently at a hotel bar, watching ND get its a$$ whooped.  I was doing a lot of texting with my fellow ND haters and my battery up and died.  The bartender plugged my phone in below the bar, right where I was sitting.  Nice guy, nice perk, nice tip.
                           
                          Even the Philly Airport, where they used to cap off outlets, are opening charging stations.  
                           
                          Our phones are soooo much more than phones these days. I just wish I could get one with a camera than didn't take blurry pictures.
                           
                          Anyplace that allowed me to plug in would be on my most favored list.
                          <message edited by joerogo on Tue, 01/15/13 10:01 AM>
                           
                          #13
                            pnwchef

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                            • Location: Kennewick, WA
                            Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 10:17 AM (permalink)
                            joerogo


                            I was recently at a hotel bar, watching ND get its a$$ whooped.  I was doing a lot of texting with my fellow ND haters and my battery up and died.  The bartender plugged my phone in below the bar, right where I was sitting.  Nice guy, nice perk, nice tip.

                            Even the Philly Airport, where they used to cap off outlets, are opening charging stations.  

                            Our phones are soooo much more than phones these days. I just wish I could get one with a camera than didn't take blurry pictures.

                            Anyplace that allowed me to plug in would be on my most favored list.


                            joerogo : Says,  Our phones are soooo much more than phones these days. I just wish I could get one with a camera than didn't take blurry pictures.
                             
                            I heard that Tom is having a Food Photography Class at Chubby's next June. Tom says everyone will soon be able to take great quality pictures as he does. I have learned from Tom, if the eyes look red in a picture, its BBQ sauce............pnwc
                             
                             
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                              SeamusD

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                              • Location: Syracuse, NY
                              Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 10:30 AM (permalink)
                              I've never had to charge my phone at a restaurant, I can't remember the last time I brought it in to one. I got rid of my smart phone a year ago and haven't missed it one bit. I suppose if I did have one that I used all the time, I'd be happy a restaurant provided outlets to charge it with.
                               
                              #15
                                chefbuba

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                                • Location: Near You, WA
                                Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 10:52 AM (permalink)
                                felix4067


                                Me? If so, I love how you assume you know anything about my habits. If not, I apologize for being immediately offended by your assumptions.


                                Felix.....it was a generalization, to anyone that replied to the thread.
                                I surf, I talk, I text, I take pics & maybe a short video or two.
                                 When I'm on the road I leave the phone plugged into the car charger, problem solved, for me anyway.
                                Guess it all depends on the phone too, I have an iphone now, seems like I get better battery life out of this phone than any of the others that I have owned.
                                 
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                                  felix4067

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                                  Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 12:02 PM (permalink)
                                  chefbuba


                                  felix4067


                                  Me? If so, I love how you assume you know anything about my habits. If not, I apologize for being immediately offended by your assumptions.


                                  Felix.....it was a generalization, to anyone that replied to the thread.
                                  I surf, I talk, I text, I take pics & maybe a short video or two.
                                  When I'm on the road I leave the phone plugged into the car charger, problem solved, for me anyway.
                                  Guess it all depends on the phone too, I have an iphone now, seems like I get better battery life out of this phone than any of the others that I have owned.

                                  Then it was me being prickly, and I apologize. When I'm at work, we use our phones instead of the crappy radios they provide in limited quantities. It's not uncommon for me to burn through both batteries (I have a case with a battery in it) twice on a concert day. Mostly it's due to working in arenas and theatres, whose open steel construction inhibits signal so our phones are almost constantly searching for signal, but also because smartphones tend to go through batteries like there's no tomorrow. Sometimes charging while on a meal break is my only option...while I can remove the case and charge it, there's not always a safe place to do that (leaving it sitting on the floor against the wall on a loading dock is just asking for trouble).
                                   
                                  #17
                                    chewingthefat

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                                    • Location: Emmitsburg, Md.
                                    Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 2:34 PM (permalink)
                                    If someone asks, we do allow them, that said, I only remember one request.
                                     
                                    #18
                                      kland01s

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                                      • Location: Fox River Valley, IL
                                      Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 2:48 PM (permalink)
                                      I was having connection problems at home for about a month, I went to Panera and many of their tables along the wall have an outlet. They are pretty good about letting you sit for a few hours but I always eat lunch or take home some bread as well.
                                       
                                      #19
                                        FriedClamFanatic

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                                        • Location: west chester, PA
                                        Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 3:51 PM (permalink)
                                        pnwchef


                                        joerogo


                                        I was recently at a hotel bar, watching ND get its a$$ whooped.  I was doing a lot of texting with my fellow ND haters and my battery up and died.  The bartender plugged my phone in below the bar, right where I was sitting.  Nice guy, nice perk, nice tip.

                                        Even the Philly Airport, where they used to cap off outlets, are opening charging stations.  

                                        Our phones are soooo much more than phones these days. I just wish I could get one with a camera than didn't take blurry pictures.

                                        Anyplace that allowed me to plug in would be on my most favored list.


                                        joerogo : Says,  Our phones are soooo much more than phones these days. I just wish I could get one with a camera than didn't take blurry pictures.

                                        I heard that Tom is having a Food Photography Class at Chubby's next June. Tom says everyone will soon be able to take great quality pictures as he does. I have learned from Tom, if the eyes look red in a picture, its BBQ sauce............pnwc


                                        The problem is Tom only has one outlet......but he promises to run 15 extension cords with multiple heads on them
                                         
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                                          chewingthefat

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                                          • Location: Emmitsburg, Md.
                                          Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 5:06 PM (permalink)
                                          FriedClamFanatic


                                          pnwchef


                                          joerogo


                                          I was recently at a hotel bar, watching ND get its a$$ whooped.  I was doing a lot of texting with my fellow ND haters and my battery up and died.  The bartender plugged my phone in below the bar, right where I was sitting.  Nice guy, nice perk, nice tip.

                                          Even the Philly Airport, where they used to cap off outlets, are opening charging stations.  

                                          Our phones are soooo much more than phones these days. I just wish I could get one with a camera than didn't take blurry pictures.

                                          Anyplace that allowed me to plug in would be on my most favored list.


                                          joerogo : Says,  Our phones are soooo much more than phones these days. I just wish I could get one with a camera than didn't take blurry pictures.

                                          I heard that Tom is having a Food Photography Class at Chubby's next June. Tom says everyone will soon be able to take great quality pictures as he does. I have learned from Tom, if the eyes look red in a picture, its BBQ sauce............pnwc


                                          The problem is Tom only has one outlet......but he promises to run 15 extension cords with multiple heads on them

                                          Not far from reality, this buiding was a 1963 model, I need a bunch of outlets, I never seem to get around to having my Electrician install them.
                                           
                                          #21
                                            Ice Cream Man

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                                            Re:Customer phone charging? Tue, 01/15/13 5:36 PM (permalink)
                                            We could get you a hat with a solar panel on it for the patio.
                                             
                                            #22
                                              joerogo

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                                              • Location: Pittston, PA
                                              Re:Customer phone charging? Wed, 01/16/13 11:43 AM (permalink)
                                              Come on guys, don't be so hard on Chewy.  Last time I was there I had no problem plugging in.

                                               
                                              #23
                                                fishtaco

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                                                Re:Customer phone charging? Thu, 01/17/13 2:18 PM (permalink)
                                                Be like me, Just put down the phone and walk away. You will be suprised how much you do NOT need it like you think you do.
                                                 
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