Delis On The Lifted Bans Of Cellphones
By Trishanna Singh, copy editor
Hillcrest High School is one of many schools that have been affected by the cell phone ban. Almost ten years ago Mayor Bloomberg initiated a cell phone ban that said students were not allowed to bring their phones in school . All the known sources of a school environment have been affected by the cell phone ban. Prior to the cell phone ban lift delis have been known to keep cell phones for students nearby their school in both positive and negative ways.
Delis used to have an additional income by holding students’ cellphones and would charge from fifty cents to a dollar per day. Although the supplementary money was beneficial for the establishment, at times it would have unforeseen consequences to the business. For example, two years ago, a Deli near Hillcrest High School was robbed of cell phones and money. Because of this, leaving your phone in a Deli could be a risky move because of theft. Students also complained on how hard it was to spend money to have a cellphone held when the money was needed for other necessities.
An anonymous Deli clerk explained that there is no longer a use to hold cell phones. Hillcrest has over three thousand students and even though there are more than one establishment that allowed phones to be held it created a heavy addition to their income. Deli’s did not always hold phones for multiple high schools with thousands of kids for 365 days a year. We must remember that there were holidays, but for the amount that Deli’s made, it was quite a lot. The New York Post researched and found that Deli’s siphoned 4.2 Million Dollars just from kids’ pocket.
Two parties playing in the lift of the cell phone ban are the students and the Deli’s. In Hillcrest High School several students said that now they have a few extra dollars now that the cell phone ban has been lifted. While asking students who have experience with having leaving their phone in the Deli, the comments were varied. One student by the name of Bushra Ahmed said that she was sometimes relieved or on edge about leaving her phone in the Deli due to the incident of theft one time. Ahmed also says that she in fact saves money now and can easily contact her parents in time of need. Deli’s that are no longer in control of students’ phones also have the risk of stolen phones lifted off their shoulders. Students are also affected in many ways when their cell phones are not in the Deli’s.
Now that students can have their cellphones in school it causes problems, such as bullying, theft in school and reprimanding. Many adults at Hillcrest would agree that cellphones in school has increased the distraction rate as compared to when phones were left at delis.The Deli’s acted as rule enforcer and a calming reassurance that students’ phones were not far away from them. Another Deli owner near Hillcrest High School anonymously commented that it is much better not to have the hectic line and confusion over whose phone belongs to who and lost tickets. All things considered the cell phone ban seems to be a definite plus for some students and Deli owners in New York City.
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