coffee shop etiquette: natural conversation areas

February 7, 2006

In my ever increasing experience with poor coffee shop etiquette, I offer yet another tidbit so that all of us kind have a kinder, gentler coffee shop experience.

Please be aware of areas that lend themselves to natural conversation. For example, picture some large comfy chairs placed in convenient proximity to each other. When someone is sitting in one, please ask if they are expecting someone before sitting in one of the adjoining seats. Otherwise it just creates an awkward moment for all of us.

And on a related note — if you do choose to sit without asking please be aware that this is, as I’ve already stated, a conversational space. In other words, it was designed for me to hear everything you are saying. (Because this is a conversational space, this is an even more blatant abuse of the cell phone conversation etiquette that we have previously covered). I don’t want to hear your cell phone conversation where you gripe about everything that isn’t working out for you that day. Again, I know that we already covered the cell phone issue, but I guess not everyone is reading, so we have to go over it again.

Thank you, everyone, for your prompt attention to this matter.

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