tables are getting smaller, so there is clearly going to be some friction when the servers come over to drop four or five plates on the table and find valuable real estate taken up by a blinking phone. But, it still feels like some sort of violation when they reach down without asking, pick up your device, and move it out of the way so they can deliver a dish (which has happened more and more, as we usually keep our phone near our plate since it is uncomfortable to sit with it in our pocket).Personal digital devices are getting bigger and restaurant
Should servers just treat your phone as they would a candle or water glass, moving it out of the way to make enough room on the table? Or, should they ask you to move it yourself or remove it from the table all together? Of course the counter argument will be that you should just keep your phone stowed during dinner, but with everyone addicted to Tweeting, texting and the rest of it, that's clearly not going to happen. What should the proper etiquette be in this situation - let us know in the comments.
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