In a move that will shock punters throughout the nation, but have bartenders weeping with joy, Wetherspoon’s pubs have banned phones being charged behind the bar.
Punters who don’t have the forethought to leave the house with their phones fully charged, or a charger in their bags, won’t be able to hand their devices across the bar for leccy.
The move stems from the desire to not get sued, which makes perfect sense.
It’s also a lot of hassle for the bartenders to handle the phones and make sure they aren’t sticky or damaged.
So people need to be careful how much time they’re spending scrolling while they wait to get served.
A J.D. Wetherspoon spokesman told Metro:
The bar itself is busy and we do not want people’s phones there.
We also do not want the hassle of phones being handed over the bar for charging.
If people wish to charge their phone in the pub, then that would be up to the discretion of the manager.
I mean, a bar is there to serve drinks not operate as a charging bank, so I sympathise with this.
As long as punters can use plug sockets around the bar to charge their phones using their own chargers, it seems entirely reasonable.
Businessman John Singh, from North London, is less convinced.
He told Metro:
This has only been happening in the last month or so, it is like all the bars decided to say no together.
Mobile phones these days are not just phones they are mini-computers so are always running out of charge.
Running out of iPhone battery is a 21st century problem, the struggle is real, I might miss a message on one of my dating apps, an email or even a phone call.
I needed my phone charged the other day and tried several places and they all said no because they might damage the phone, it’s health and safety gone mad.
It seems the decision is going to cause a fair bit of friction, especially when pissed Wetherspoon’s customers come face to face with pissed off Wetherspoon’s bartenders.
Moral of the story, charge your phones before you go on a bender.