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This Chain Is Giving Away Free Food if You Put Your Phone Down

Mar 01, 2016

Families who can put their phones down during dinner will earn free ice cream at more than 100 Chick-fil-A restaurants in the country, the company said Tuesday.

The fast-food chain, known for its chicken sandwiches, has launched a challenge that promises free ice cream cones to each family member who silences their cell phone and keeps the device inside a box placed at each table—called the "cell phone coop"—for their entire meal.

“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,” Brad Williams, a Georgia-based Chick-fil-A operator, said in a statement. “But as we all know, technology increasingly demands more of our time and can be a big distraction, even while we’re eating.”

The initiative is available at more than 150 locations, Williams said. Chick-fil-A has offered free food in quirky ways in the past, including one time last summer when customers ate for free if they dressed like a cow.

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