Chick-Fil-A giving free ice cream to those taking part in cell phone challenge

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Chick-Fil-A is challenging customers to put down their cell phones and offering a special treat for those who do: free ice cream.
In an effort to promote disconnecting from technology, the fast food chain is offering free ice cream to those who wish to go a whole meal without picking up their phones.

Before ordering your meal, ask for a "Cell Phone Coop Box" to put your phone in.

Take it to your table and enjoy your meal. Afterward, bring the box back and get your free ice cream cone as a reward for spending time talking instead of texting.

Technology distractions have become more common than not. Although phones were meant to bring families and people closer together, they can sometimes have the opposite effect.
Jim Babin, manager of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Hattiesburg, said that the challenge is being well received by guests visiting at his restaurant's location.
"Today with all the electronic media and all, I've seen people sit down at the same table and text to each other," Babin said. "So we're hoping we can improve communications in families and surprisingly, the children are more excited about doing the challenge than the adults are."
The Chick-Fil-A "Chicken Coop" challenge is not just for children; adults are also encouraged to participate.

The challenge has been so well-received that Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country are requesting the cell phone coops.

Although not all locations are participating, more than 350 locally owned Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the U.S. are offering guests the opportunity to take the cell phone challenge.
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