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Today’s hot topic: No room at the inn for mobile phones


A PUB in London has become digital free, with notices banning the use of mobile phones, Kindles, tablets and laptops, and saying: ‘We want our traditional pub to be a haven for social conversation.’

This has not gone down well with all patrons. Sally Lait said on Twitter that staff at the unnamed pub constantly policed her group of friends and told them that if they did not like the policy they could go elsewhere.

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘What about someone on their own who just wants a quiet drink? Are they supposed to stare at the wall? Or a girl on her own arriving early to meet her friends? Having a phone to check when they’re getting there and help ward off male attention while she’s alone?’

Has the pub got a point by encouraging conversation, or is banning mobiles a step too far? Discuss!

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Edited by Kathy Gyngell

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