Should Restaurants Be Allowed To Ban Laptops?

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[Photograph: Carey Jones]

The Boston Globe has a short piece about restaurants that have banned laptop computers—or even banned books.

"Sometimes people think I'm really arrogant, and I'm not,'' said Michael Sobelman, owner of Michael's Deli, where a no-reading rule is enforced. "I'm doing it for the customers and my business.'' More common are restaurants or cafés that ban laptops, in an attempt to turn over more tables and keep traffic flowing. Some customers, however, don't take to rules and restrictions very kindly.

What do you think? Should restaurants be allowed to ban laptops? Or should customers be left to do what they like?