Re: LA restaurant offers discount to phone-free diners
Not to change the tenor of this thread, but there is more to the issue than many people realize.
Whenever we take our cell phones, laptops, desktops, iPads, or any other technological device containing storage media in for repairs or maintenance, we’re granting the technicians an implied consent to root all they want.
They are trained to look for illegal stuff, particularly child pornography. Whenever they find any, they turn the matter over to the police, who examine the evidence for probable cause to make an arrest.
And before anyone begins screaming about Constitutional protections against searches and seizures being violated, stow it. The 4th Amendment pertains ONLY to the GOVERNMENT, which includes sworn police agencies.
Private sector personnel can root all they want in this regard. Once they turn evidence over to the police, the police will obtain whatever additional search warrants they may need.
So, if you’re stupid enough to store illegal material on any of your devices, YOU had better learn how to permanently delete the stuff YOURSELF before taking them in for repairs, etc.
And, this would most certainly apply to wait staff rummaging through your phone's files—they’re just as private sector as computer/phone technicians are.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.