coffee shop etiquette: improper conversations

December 27, 2005

The time I spend working in coffee shops is leading me to a whole new awareness of things that shouldn’t happen in them. I think I’m going to become the Mr Manners of coffee shop etiquette.

I already posted about the loud cell phoner recently. Today, however, a new trauma happened to me which still has my stomach in convulsions.

Two mom-type forty something ladies are sitting about 7 feet from me. They have been there for quite a while, and I really haven’t heard any of there conversation over the general noise of this Starbucks. Then, a few moments ago, one single clear sentence resonated out. I promise I wasn’t listening — I have no interest in what they are saying. I don’t think they changed volume — if anything, perhaps they got softer, but it was just so clear. One of the ladies asked the other…

“Are you regular?”

Everyone, please hear me. Don’t discuss this at a coffee shop. Save it for a phone conversation while both parties are locked in a closet. Or perhaps a secured IM conversation, or an encrypted email. Just please don’t ever discuss it in a coffee shop!

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