I need to accept that while others embrace the hip-hop lifestyle, the surf lifestyle, the Fox News lifestyle, or countless others, I’m definitely of the Starbucks lifestyle. While I’m still working on my definition of this, it certainly includes people who hang out way too much at Starbucks, frequently hours at a time even when only buying one cup of coffee, while making full use of the T-Mobile internet access. (or maybe I should retitle this the T-Mobile Starbucks lifestyle).
But the unsolved problem is what to do when you arrive at a busy coffee house and see only one remaining open table or seat.
a. Put your jacket/bag or whatever to “claim” the spot upon arrival – thereby eliminating it from people who may have arrived ahead of you, but are still waiting in line for their first purchase.
b. Wait until after you’ve placed your order, but before your beverage is ready.
c. Wait until your coffee is ready and filled.
I’ve been frustrated with the people who go with “a.”, as I usually don’t want to leave my belongings out of arms reach in a public place. But, sometimes you have to be a shark.
Still, “b”, if not “c”, seems like common courtesy, and is usually the way I go – no coffee shop comfort is worth the bad karma.
Or is it?
…photo by djwhelan…