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Sunday, September 15, 2013

This is not your # !!@!% Private Office!

It happened again. I wrote about this in the Grapevine not too long ago and the Huffington Post picked it up since it seems to be a national problem. We were told to shut up at the bookstore this morning; not by the staff, but by some moocher in the corner using free wifi service!

My friend and I were sitting at the counter, eating breakfast and talking. This jerk actually came up to us and told us to "be quiet," because he was working! He said, "You know, this IS a bookstore!" His words.

I politely kept my temper and told him this was a bookstore and cafe and meeting place and toy store and so much more. It is all that, what it is NOT is a library or private office. I pointed toward the library and told him it was "that way, down the block." He just walked away. I felt uncomfortable the rest of the time there and was hesitant to talk. My friend was mortified, she was very embarrassed. This shouldn't happen. Are people supposed to eat breakfast in silence so other people can work? On a Sunday, yet?

These moochers are plentiful at the bookstore and other gathering spots where they can mooch on wifi, the bathroom, electricity and free office space. They will keep doing it as long as they get away with it.  Buying one bottle of water in four hours does not entitle them to control the place.

Does the Bookstore still have the "no dogs" sign? How about another sign, one that says, "This is not a library or your private office. People will be conversing, sometimes loudly."

In the past we have had Bed Race meetings in the Bookstore with 30 people present or more. What would this moron do then? 

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should have taken a photo and called him out publicly.

Just sayin'

Tribal times, Tribal measures.

September 15, 2013 12:46 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I was in Australia recently for a visit and in the Starbucks there they issued you a 1/2 hour ticket for the WiFi along with your drink/purchase. After 1/2 hour, the WiFi ticket expired and you had to buy another drink to get back online. That kept most of the moochers out and was sufficient for those of us who just wanted to check email along with our mochas. That would fix moochers like him.

September 15, 2013 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....you were in the right....the moocher was out of bounds. Enough said.

September 15, 2013 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Marc said...

This happening a lot around the Country:

http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2013/09/10/33648/coffeehouses-fight-back-against-wi-fi-squatters/

September 15, 2013 7:55 PM  
Blogger Michael Wayne Cole said...

Laptop hobos!

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/08/05/coffee-shops-limit-wi-fi-to-discourage-laptop-hobos/

September 16, 2013 5:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

next time, just move closer to him and talk more loudly. Sit in the very next chair and sing.

September 16, 2013 1:16 PM  
Blogger Sledge said...

I must admit I'm one of those "moochers", cup of coffee and read the paper. But I sit outside, and always welcome loud talk, especially from pretty ladies.
CI

September 17, 2013 10:53 AM  

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