I have to say I wish they would do this everywhere and not just in New York. The Sbux closest to me has a Fedex/Kinkos next door that I use frequently to ship packages and they share a parking lot. I can walk into Fedex and no one is there but yet the parking lot is full anytime I’ve been there. 9 out of 10 times I’ve had to drive around the block for 10 minutes just to get a parking spot to ship a package. The best part is that they have spots labeled for Fedex/Kinkos use only, but Sbux customers don’t give a damn apparently. Then of course you have the ones who make their own parking spaces and just block the road when there isn’t a spot for them to park in, it’s ridiculous how these people act. Walk in and you mostly see Apple computers and iPads, wonder what that says about Apple users?! Then there’s the one who park in the no parking zone, there are signs that say no parking but yet they park and run into Sbux to get their coffee?! Are they special? Do they have a pass to park there that I don’t know about? I’ve stopped going there because there is never anywhere to sit, sometimes I’d like to just sit down and enjoy a coffee and danish instead of eating it in my car, but I can’t. There have been times I’ve stopped early in the morning to grab a coffee and then stopped many hours later to drop a package off and grab another coffee, the same people are still sitting there?! How the hell can you sit in a coffee shop for hours and hours mooching off their free wi-fi?! It makes no sense to me.

Are you that cheap?

Do you not have a home?

Why is it mostly Apple users?

Are you that arrogant that you feel the need to sit there for hours and hours and deprive others of a seat because you think you’re special ?

What has become of society that we have no regard for other people anymore?

People have just become downright rude and ignorant and I’m tired of it honestly….

Anyway, you read the whole story over here: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/08/05/many-nyc-starbucks-locations-about-to-put-an-end-to-squatters/


  1. There’s one by my office and every morning at 7 am this couple comes and sits at the same table. They each have one coffee, bring their own paper and have laptops. They leave at 3. They spend every day there at the same place and it’s a busy Starbucks…it’s crazy from a business perspective to let it get to that level.

  2. “What has become of society that we have no regard for other people anymore?

    People have just become downright rude and ignorant and I’m tired of it honestly….”

    Bingo. Remember in the 80’s when people stopped telling their kids the golden rule and instead started telling them that they’re special? The “Me Generation” I’ve heard it called. A friend of mine refers to people like that as “snowflakes” : They’re all “special” and all “unique.”

    I’m 100% with you in being disgusted by it. I *hope* I can prevent my son from being like that.

    That’s a good start for Starbucks, but covering the outlets isn’t going to deter some folks, I’ll bet. And what kind of covering? I’m going to guess that it’ll be something people can’t remove easily, so that’ll mean running off of battery. Laptops can still get a good day off of a battery, right? They need some kind of observation system: a coffee gets you a max of 1 hour before you’re asked to leave. A meal (and I don’t mean coffee and a danish – more like a lunch plate) and you get 2 hours max.

    Not that I’d pay $5 for coffee made from burnt beans. Ugh. If I’m going to pay that price for coffee, I’m buying Gevalia and brewing at home!

    Panera Bread Company’s Summer Salad and French Onion Soup in a bread bowl, however…

  3. Just popup five minutes of video ads every 30 minutes. Problem solved and potential new revenue stream. Or political commercials if you really want to get them out of there fast.

  4. One of the reasons that every Starbucks has the A/C cranked up to ridiculous levels–even in the winter–is to shoo people out the door. I guess they’ve heretofore figured that kicking people out wouldn’t be worth the tarnish on their image from ‘loyal’ customers complaining.

    BTW, Jim Szymanski, that’s a brilliant suggestion.

  5. An article I totally agree with. This is the ME generation, but where does it say that you also don’t have to learn manners and/or that it is just ok to be plain rude. I was online at a Starbucks behind a young lady on her phone. When she got up to the counter to order she actually had the *Balls* to tell the cashier to hold on a minute. Well, I proceeded to give the nice hostess my order and about a minute later, when the young lady finally got off her phone, she decided to lecture us on how rude we were for not waiting for her to place her order. Before I was able to say something, the nice hostess told the young lady that she missed her turn and would have to go to the end of the line. She stormed out the door and hopefully learned a new lesson. I don’t recall seeing anybody else on line talking on their phone as I walked out the door.

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