Since I do not, yet, have WIFI at home, I have to come to my favorite coffee shop to post on the web or study. Because of this I see a great deal of things that I just don’t get. Think about the average coffee shop – wifi available ones anyway…. take the local Starbucks (ew) for instance. Think about the seating, the availability of power outlets and the way sound reverbs in spaces…..
Now, seriously, start with seating. Most people don’t come to a coffee shop alone except to study, which usually means a laptop which means that they are going to need, at minimum, a space to set up, not just a chair in front of the window. No matter what they name them, laptops still take a table when you are studying.
So, you have 6 or 8 tables that would accommodate, at a minimum, the average laptop and are close to the power outlets. You have several groupings of chairs or tables without access to a table or that do not have easy power outlet access.
At what point does the moron reading his paper and texting need the largest table in the room? seriously? I get it, first come, first served, but if you are trying to study and you have to struggle with balancing your laptop, that is running out of power, on your lap and you need to finish that paper and submit it, at what point is the asshole being polite?
The guy laid across the bench seat, reading a book and drinking water….excuse me?
The man sitting in the only booth, talking on his cell phone, drinking water and being very loud?
Also, don’t people realize that sound carries? I sit here today and my head is about to explode from the loud older ladies 2 ft away, complaining about their friends; the girls sipping tea and bitching about the entitled whiner at work; the men sipping coffee and trying to cell each other something. On top of the ambient music.
So, for me:
If you are just there for a glass of water and to take a call – sit in a chair without a table, be polite and quiet. No one really cares what your business is.
If you are reading a paper or book, remember neither of these items take table room. Please use the tables without power access or chairs!
If you can’t hear your friend across the table, don’t think everyone else can’t hear you – use indoor voices at most! Talking over the crowd is not worthy of an adult.
If you need to study and the only table is the biggest on in the place, be willing to share your space if someone else is wanting to study as well. Most of us know how to share… I hope.
Texting is not computer usage, requires no power and is not a shared sport…. use the chairs to sit and text with someone.
Pretty simple right?