Chick-fil-A: Ditch your phone, get free ice cream

Chick-fil-A: Ditch your phone, get free ice cream
Chick-fil-A: Ditch your phone, get free ice cream

Chick-fil-A wants you to put down your cellphone and enjoy a tech-free meal.

The restaurant chain is offering customers in some 150 stores a "Cell Phone Coop," a box for families to ditch their devices while they chow down on waffle fries in-store.

Brad Williams, a Chick-fil-A operator in Suwanee, Georgia, who is responsible for the coop, said that Americans spend an average of 4.7 hours per day on their cellphone.

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"We really want our restaurant to provide a sense of community for our customers, where family and friends can come together and share quality time with one another," Williams said, in a statement.

Families who are able to go the whole meal without picking up their phones receive a free Chick-fil-A Icedream cone.

The chain is not the first to offer incentives for customers to ditch their devices. Restaurants nationwide have given discounts to consumers who pledge to go cellphone free during their meal.

"The challenge has completely taken off," Williams said. "We have families who aren't successful the first time and come back to try again. We even have people asking to take the boxes home with them! Our whole community is talking about it."