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January 29, 2006

Controversy

-- by Dave Johnson

Smelling the Coffee: Wi-Fi Table Hogs? Are people who bring their computers to Starbucks to use the wi-fi and work spending too ong at the tables?

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 29, 2006 8:46 AM

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Today I ventured into a Starbucks to fetch a Yukon Grande for Ms. Morse, who was jonesing before entering the Holland Tunnel. Instead of walking up to the counter to place the order, I was asked to submit my order at the door, where it was relayed by radio to the counter in order to be completed. Then I waited 10 minutes amidst flashy types chatting on their cellphones, stroking their bags, sipping their Mocha Latte Vendi Frappuccinos, and each one complimenting themselves on how much real estate they had managed to speculate on in the past week. I hate the culture of coffee.

Posted by: Morse at January 29, 2006 3:37 PM

I think the more rational question would be: why does Starbucks charge so much money for a 50-cent cup of coffee? At the prices they charge, I don't think eating up their bandwidth for a while is a crime.

Posted by: Terry at January 29, 2006 4:23 PM

Ditto to Terry -- and fortunately I have many alternatives to Starbucks with free wifi. I've picked one out and try to send people there.

Posted by: janinsanfran at January 29, 2006 6:29 PM

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