So I decided to try out a different coffee shop for my Sunday afternoon and I encountered the sign above. At first I was in absolute shock. How can a coffee shop get any customers if it doesn’t allow laptops, tablets, studying, and business meetings? Aren’t those the only people you ever seen in a Starbucks on a weekend?
Then I started thinking about it a bit and looked around to see that the coffee shop was still quite full. It looked like most of patrons were families that were grabbing a bite to eat and some coffee after church. It was definitely a different vibe than what you usually see in a Starbucks on a weekday. Still, it was strange to not see any Macbooks or tablets scattered around.
Then I began to wonder if this is actually good policy. I mean, does it make sense for someone to pay $4 to take up a seat for pretty much an entire day? I know I’ve tried to get coffee with some friends and the place was too full. It it almost always students, or people using the free wifi, or business meetings/interviews. Maybe this coffee shop is actually on to something. I don’t know if computers and studying should be banned, but maybe put a 1 hour limit on it?