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Subj: Re: Starbucks was right
Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 09:25:17 am CDT (Viewed 775 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Starbucks was right
Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 at 07:49:34 am CDT (Viewed 763 times)

    I honestly know next to nothing about this story to make a good call one way or another. Starbucks can ask people to leave, but it is an odd situation. Without somebody being disruptive I do not see a need for police. The reason they are asked to leave is probably more important.

    They did act jerkishly in not just leaving or just ordering something though. A store can ask somebody to leave under the right circumstances.

    I think that it gets a little harder though because it is quite common for people to buy a coffee and hang out there for hours on end. Does one coffee balance out that they are taking up space for that long and not getting other things? They are not a library or public space.

I don't know the details either, but this is pretty much the crux of my issue. I understand they're a business and need to make revenue, but Starbucks is an establishment known for letting people lounge around ... it's kind of a common practice with cafes in general. Sitting there with no purpose and not ordering something is one thing, but as far as I know the two let it be known they were waiting on a friend. Most places I've been to allow you to wait for your party to arrive before ordering ... assuming the wait isn't long.

    That makes it a bit strange to me.

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