foodbeast.com – In an age where social media and technology have virtually taken over our lives, one new teahouse aims to inspire their customers to disconnect by giving them a discount for talking to strangers.
The new Hey Hey teahouse in Los Angeles is introducing the discount as a “20/20 challenge,” where saying “hey” to a stranger and talking over drinks lands you a 20 percent discount. Owner Christopher Kwok aimed to create an environment where people are inspired to get off of their phones and talk to real people instead.
Kwok aims to counter what he describes as the “modern, over-connected and often lonely lives” led by social media addicts. Given the presence of Angelenos on Instagram and other apps, it’s safe to say they fall within this group of people Kwok wants to reach out to with his concept.
I totally understand the overall idea, having watched all my teenage cousins not communicate or look at each other for 3 hours straight while sitting in the same room because they were too busy scrolling their phones. HOWEVER being more of an introvert please don’t approach me random stranger while I’m trying to enjoy my green tea please.