French restaurant presents red cards to people who use cellphones

Last updated 14:23 06/10/2017

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In a bid to promote sociability, a French restaurant has banned cellphones and will kick out customers who do not obey the rules. 

Le Petit Jardin in Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert in southern France near Montpellier, has given waiters football-style yellow and red cards and whistles to present to offending patrons.  

The spot has long been popular among tourists, as it looks over the Herault gorges, but the owner has taken a stand against cellphones and a list of other offences including tomato sauce, fizzy drinks and off-the-shelf mayonnaise. 

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Most customers reacted with humour, but were surprised when a yellow card came from the waiters' pocket, according to owner Jean-Noel Fleury.

However the restaurant has received mixed reviews on Trip Advisor, both for service and food quality. One disgruntled reviewer gave the restaurant a rating of one out of five. 

"The moment we stepped into the restaurant my husband was shouted at to put his phone away.

"As this was our first (and last!) visit to this restaurant, I don't think it would have been too much trouble to quietly point out the restaurants 'no phone' policy," jacqui1919 posted. 

Fleury told The Times the customer is king, "when he behaves himself".

"If he behaves badly he should not forget that we cut off the king's head 200 years ago."

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