I’m the first to admit that I’ve used Starbucks as a convenient way to meet up with clients, but at least I’ve bought a cup of coffee or a water or something to justify my taking up space. On the other hand though, I can’t count the times I’ve seen people just come in, set up their laptop, talk on their phones or just meet with people for an hour or two without ever buying anything. The problem is that while actual paying customers roam around like idiots with their $5 cup of coffee looking for a place sit down it sucks.
The problem is, no one at Starbucks every says, “hey douche, buy something or get out!”
Apparently this winner at the Starbucks on 42nd and 9th has the balls to bring in his entire home office. Yes, that’s a Mac Mini, 15″ monitor, headphones, mouse, mousepad and he’s even charging his G1 cell phone. And whether or not he eventually ordered, there’s no empty coffee cups sitting around the table.
See the problem with Starbucks’ hippy dippy attitude is that if I pay $5 for a cup of coffee I want someone who works there to walk over and tell this guy to pack up his shit and get the fuck out. If no one at Starbucks has enough common sense to keep this from happening, I’ll just be content sipping my $.99 Lattes over at Dunkin’ Donuts.