Saturday 25 November 2017

Byrony Gordon: I wish laptop freeloaders didn’t take over my coffee shops and treat it like their office

Picture posed. Thinkstock Images
Picture posed. Thinkstock Images

I’M glad that somebody has finally named and shamed the freeloaders who take up all the tables in coffee shops, turning them into mini offices so they can use the internet gratis.

A report by professors at the universities of North Carolina and California has found that these laptop-wielding “coffee-shop conquerors” are a nuisance to others – that their habit of sitting for hours at a table nursing one latte “crosses the line” of café etiquette.

It’s reassuring to know I’m not alone in my dislike of the coffee-shop conqueror. They sit there as if they own the place, wires snaking all over the floor, a Converse-clad foot stretched languidly across the walkway. This pose is meant to scream: “Look at me with my MacBook and weep – I’m a creative who works my own hours.”

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