When you sit down to a meal in China, there is often a collective un-holstering of mobile phones onto the table so that nobody misses a call or text. In a country where voicemail doesn’t exist, it’s of the utmost importance that mobile calls are picked up whether it be in a movie theater, restaurant or in bed.

Thomas Crampton points us to a Beijing restaurant that provides a plastic cover for sloppy eater’s phone or Blackberry. At this particular restaurant, waiters go the extra mile to delicately put each diner’s phone in the bags.

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