Starbucks pulling plug on laptop users?

Starbucks is well-known for coffee, but laptop users love their juice — electrical juice.

After 4 days and only 3 Cafe Americanos, the Starbucks manager had a bad feeling about this guy.

After 4 days and only 3 Cafe Americanos, the Starbucks manager had a bad feeling about this guy.

Now, a rumor is floating amongst the Interwebs that New York City Starbucks locations are replacing electrical sockets with blank faceplates, effectively pulling the plug on laptop (ab)users plagued with poor battery performance.

The Seattle-based caffeine pusher did not immediately return a request for comment.

I can see the need to DC AC hogs, but I know a lot of folks, including some of my favorite reporters I never see anymore, use Starbucks as a transient office.

Starbucks Gossip provides the following jolt:

If you are one of those people who uses Starbucks as their office, sits in a store for 8+ hours a day, putting all your files on a table, using a separate chair for your laptop case/ suitcase enjoying unlimited free refills with your Starbucks card, asking for cups of water and refuse to to move until you are good and ready all for the $1.85 you pay as “rent,” then perhaps your actions will answer your questions [about covering the outlets].

An AJC reporter who shall remain nameless tells me she recently lost her connection after 30 minutes at another local coffee shop, so it looks likes Starbucks is not alone in trying to prevent prolonged PC parking.

Starbucks seems to go out of their way to be friendly, so this is a perilous PR path, if true. After all, we can get coffee and electricity at work, if it comes to that.

211 comments Add your comment

Jim

August 4th, 2011
6:21 pm

I’m tired of going to Starbucks only to have to wade through a plethora of slouching slobs. I applaud Starbucks for cutting the cord… and I encourage them to implement a 30min wifi disconnect. If you need more than 30mins, you need an office.

Atari

August 4th, 2011
8:48 pm

While I’m not one of those *ahem* “fine patrons” who parks himself at S’Bucks for hours on end, eating up several tables with office work, I do happen to kill time at S’Bucks while I work on other projects (like I’m doing now), often for an hour or more. The difference here is that I don’t carry a power supply, plug in, and strew my belongings all over the tables. I use my own power, in my own battery, that I charged at home or at the office. If I’m working on multimedia, I might pull out a small USB mouse, but ONLY if needed. That’s as far as it goes.

There’s got to be a happy medium somewhere. 30-60 min disconnect during peak hours? Cover up the faceplates? How about charging a nominal fee to plug in? I’d be down with that!

Jonny

August 5th, 2011
4:58 am

I used to use Starbucks for work all the time. However, I got sick of that place. They do not have printers and it is so hard to find power!!! It is also distracting to have kids running around you while you are trying to work on your personal finances. I recently signed up for a co-working space in downtown Atlanta called 200 Office. It is great! It is located in the old Macy’s building next to the Peachtree Center Marta station. So now I do not sit in traffic and waste gas all day. Plus I am super excited to be next to all of my downtown clients in such a great area. I think this place will become a hit especially with the Rising Roll Cafe inside .Goodbye Starbucks and Hello 200 Office!!!

bikerron1

August 5th, 2011
5:15 am

They start pulling plug, I pull the plug. Not buy coffee there.

Deb

August 5th, 2011
5:45 am

This is the ever present coffee shop dilemma. What do you do with the folks who live in your shop and do little to generate revenue? This move makes perfect sense and for the 99% of Starbucks customers who don’t use it as an office, we will continue to buy our coffee there. Perhaps there will even be a table where we can sit and enjoy it. If one stops to consider the scale of the issue, then Starbucks is taking a considerable hit to it’s bottom line. I don’t think they will miss the daily $2.00 of revenue from the campers who boycott because they don’t get free unlimited WiFi and table space. Go for it!

ROBERT

August 5th, 2011
5:45 am

It’s a shame when things are offered for customers, then you have the abusers that ruin for others. Stay home and do your work, brew your own coffee. Starbucks wont lose any sllep over these people.

Slovenly

August 5th, 2011
5:48 am

I don’t buy coffee at Starbucks or eat at Panera because you have to slog through a sea of aging hipsters tethered to their laptops that never get up.

Derrick

August 5th, 2011
5:51 am

And why their at it, why not remove the chairs? That would really solve the problem of anyone hanging out too long. After all, a coffee shop is not meant to spend time in.

Justine

August 5th, 2011
6:14 am

I never like starbucks. Felt they exploited poor in foreign countries and tried to cover it up with useless charities which only help a minute few. Personally I use Mickey Ds. And fortunately I do not always have to go inside. I have a power adapter for my vehicle and I use it when on the road. But here is the thing. People spend too much time connected. We are slowly loosing all areas of civility because we no longer have decent conversations. By the way, where have all the walk in and have a [liquor] drink and quick meal bars gone. Are there any more bar and grills left in this country. Wow

An Observer

August 5th, 2011
6:14 am

Hoorah for Starbucks! Caribou, Panera, are you watching? Nothing worse than going into a COFFEE shop and not being able to sit and enjoy your COFFEE, because the place is littered with laptop slugs who take up enough space for four, sitting for hours on end with a long empty cup.

shaggy

August 5th, 2011
6:20 am

I don’t go to Starbucks, because it has ALWAYS sucked. Why would I want to waste my time sharing oxygen with arrogant and obnoxious people, slurping an overpriced tub of filth?
If I want a cup of coffee, I will get one from practically anywhere but this pretentious place. Dunkin Donuts is MUCH better coffee, and that is ALL I want, coffee. I do my work in environments suited for….well, work.

pfffft

August 5th, 2011
6:37 am

you d-bags that are complaining about losing your free office just because you bought a cup of coffee are pathetic. the table and wifi were a gift that you abused so you deserve it being taken away. you will whine, but all you complainers will be 1st in line monday morning s usual.

willydoit?

August 5th, 2011
6:51 am

It’s kind of ironic that this Seattle based company has had enough of the freeloaders taking up space and using free electricity. I thought the folks from Washington state were a bunch of liberals that like to give away money?
Oh wait a minute, they only like to give away “other peoples” money!!

David Quinn

August 5th, 2011
6:52 am

Nobody gets it here. Starbucks is cultural and a meeting place for disconnected home workers. Sure, some people use Starbucks as an office. Some use it as a convenient meeting place. Others use it because it just sucks to work at home all the time. We are not hermits, we are people that need to interact, watch, laugh, and complain. It’s what we do.

This is about power consumption and the rates that drag profits down. It’s not just the laptops, it’s the use of AC when the lobby is filled. Starbucks needs to take action. Convert the stores to DC based LED lighting that dims when the sun is bright, Add transparent solar printed with Starbucks logos to the windows and generate DC power in the store. Add Wind power via VAWT technology. Let the laptop users then connect via renewable power and add Starbucks DC power connectors for laptops. Don’t change the culture of people needing people to feel alive. We love our Starbucks even when we only stop in for a quick restroom visit.

If it’s truly about the small percentage of disconnected office workers that take up loads of tablespace why not add Starbucks office where you can subscribe or rent office space for a short period. Add a couple of conference rooms, etc. Most of the retail shops have existing empty space and the company would create additional economic value.

Please don’t submit to the excesses of a few or the rants of some that want the cup but not the crowd. Solve the problem of consumption through innovation and create some economic leadership in the process.

Just sayinn

August 5th, 2011
6:53 am

Let’s face it. We live in a society that’s becoming more uncivilized every day. More and more people care about no one but themselves and don’t give a hoot if anyone else is inconvenienced. I see it in not only the mess we have in traffic, but also in the mess people leave in public restrooms.

Kamal M.

August 5th, 2011
6:57 am

Why not making those patrons pay for electricity use, if they want to plug in their phone or computer? Is that called double dipping ( in a good way) or, for Starbucks, another way to make money? Use a kind of timer on those plugs, so that they it shuts off automatically after a certain time of use.

Covers Dixie like the Dew

August 5th, 2011
7:01 am

Maxwell House will do.

Brandon

August 5th, 2011
7:08 am

I get so annoyed when I purchase a beverage at my local Starbucks but cannot find a seat while someone is sitting there with their laptop, a box of Chinese takeout, and a cup of ice water. These people need to be kept in check… at least purchase a coffee!

getreal

August 5th, 2011
7:16 am

starbucks—a coffee shop, not an office.

Mad Russian

August 5th, 2011
7:21 am

Thank goodness I do the one thing foreign to most of these long-term PC parkers, actually read a book where you flip pages while enjoying my beverage. Many privately owned, smaller shops will have a standard set of expectations for users such as spending a specific amount of money during a time period otherwise you’re cut off. This is why Starbucks and others should have a random pass code with a time limit. I wonder how many plebes are losing their minds over this change?

alohatliu

August 5th, 2011
7:25 am

Perhaps Starbucks needs to employ the tactics of coffee houses overseas where I buy my coffee and am given a code to use the Wifi for 30-60 minutes then it shuts off and I have to make another purchase to get another code if I want to stay online. When your customer is costing you more (electricity for one) then they spend this is just not good business sense.

Michael

August 5th, 2011
7:33 am

I agree totally with Starbucks pulling the plug on laptop users. It’s a Coffee Shop not an office.

Dixie Normuss

August 5th, 2011
7:34 am

Serves all your Starbucks Snobs right. Who in their f ‘ ing right mind would willingly pay $5.00 for a cup of coffee just to be seen with a Starbucks cup. You know you do it so don’t even go there. My spouse drinks coffee which he makes at home for about 30 cents a cup including cream and sugar. What a bunch of IDIOTS you people are.

willydoit?

August 5th, 2011
7:38 am

@David Quinn
Maybe Starbucks should power their entire store on stardust and dreams!

How about we just let the power companies build a few more coal plants? The cost of electricity will come down and then you can use all the power you want for your one cup of coffee a day.

john s

August 5th, 2011
7:39 am

WAAAAAAAAAAAA! It’s a place for business, not a dang home office. Get your coffee and go home, you round-shouldered parkers!!

AVarner Man

August 5th, 2011
7:39 am

The Starbucks PC use situation is typical of us humans. Give us something free (electricity) and we’ll take advantage of it and then it becomes a “right.” I agree with Starbucks because of all the reasons mentioned in these comments.

Roger

August 5th, 2011
7:39 am

I am sick of these self-absorbed, self-centered, freeloaders infringing upon legitimate customers, as well as the businesses. I avoid Starbucks and Panera, except for takeout, and just get pissed off whenever I stop by Barnes & Noble and see the “campers” in every seat.

Get a life in your own premises, and stop invading everyone else’s territory.

GRS

August 5th, 2011
7:51 am

I work from home. It’s nice to have a change in office scenery and a place to meet clients and vendors. The coffee and pastries are welcoming fuel to stay energized while working on projects.

Power to the People

August 5th, 2011
7:54 am

I am what some of you call a “freeloader”. You guys need to get a life. I go to Starbucks to get some work done. It might take 1 hour it might take 6 hrs. But what I don’t need is the hurried business people with their disapproving stares or their whining sounds because I am taking up a four person table with my stuff. Get over it people, this is a free country! I was there first! They can cover the plates if they want, I will bring an extension cord and find an outlet somewhere. I am thinking we set up a boycott outside of the Mall of Ga location this weekend. Who is with me?

Katz

August 5th, 2011
7:55 am

Their coffee sucks. It ALWAYS tastes burnt. On top of that, most of the time, they can’t keep the grounds out. You may not have noticed if you bury your coffee under 800 calories of fat and sugar.

On the plus side… they have water and internet

Stop the Freeloaders

August 5th, 2011
7:57 am

Why not have folks buy a Starbucks card that works foe coffee AND Internet service? If your truly there for your home away from home, you shouldn’t have an issue with this. Even 2 bucks every half hour of service would stop these people from taking advantage of this.

bg

August 5th, 2011
7:57 am

Starbucks has the absolute worst coffee in the world. How could anybody like their Bitter Burnt tasting coffee?

Old Geezer

August 5th, 2011
7:58 am

Bus in the thugs from Atlanta who will steal laptops while the owner is typing on them and this problem will solve itself.

Mr StickyBudz

August 5th, 2011
7:58 am

Working on my laptop at Starbucks is OK but I would much rather work from home where I can take bong hits between important calls. Much more convenient than having to step outside to my car multiple times to use my one hitter.

brad

August 5th, 2011
8:02 am

Old Geezer = racist assh*ole

Relationship Manager

August 5th, 2011
8:03 am

Priviledges to the irresponsible and selfish become entitlements over time.

entitlement

August 5th, 2011
8:05 am

I have a friend who’s a barista at SB. She tells me about all the dressed-up unemployed men who want to seem important. People who are contributing to the GDP are not trying to impress people at a dam coffee shop. You must have a sad existance if you have to pretend to your neighbors that you are actually going into the “office” to work.

Roger

August 5th, 2011
8:05 am

Hey “Power to the People” – You are still a freeloader!

Stop the Freeloaders

August 5th, 2011
8:08 am

bg – everyone has different taste. Dunkin does have better coffee in my opinion, but for some Starbucks is better. The topic is correcting the freeloaders, not who has the best coffee.

Jack

August 5th, 2011
8:13 am

A sign of the times when people start complaining about the lack of a freebie.

Rob

August 5th, 2011
8:14 am

Software is very, very powerful and most people fail to realize that computers can do so much more. And people like choices. Why not allow patrons 15 to 30 minutes free wifi followed by a cost per minute after that? You could even have peak times when the rates for wifi are higher. And make the rates high enough to discourage people that really have no business being there for longer than 30 minutes. If people want to stay and pay take their money. In some of the larger retail spaces you could offer more power options while having no power options in other areas. Personally I think a very good business model could be developed around people that like meeting for coffe and doing a little business or work. But these people should pay for what they get.

DOLL

August 5th, 2011
8:18 am

The Conyers Starbuck is by far the worst. First off there is one guy who is a staple there. He has a massive flat screen the size of a TV, and all this equipment hooked up to it, and parks is junky camper out front! Also, once I went in and seriously these people thought they were having a board meeting in a corporate conference room! They scooted tables together, hauled in boxes of files, and even hooked up a printer.

Here is a link from the Rockdale paper who thought they should praise this guy for “working” in our Starbucks everyday! (Or you can google “Conyers starbucks guy”)

http://www.rockdalecitizen.com/news/headlines/Writer_at__home_at_Starbucks_112439544.html

Power to the People

August 5th, 2011
8:21 am

Roger,

The 2$ cup of coffee I buy disagrees with you idiot!

DebS

August 5th, 2011
8:23 am

It’s a shame that people can’t find a balance/happy medium in their behavior so a business such as Starbucks doesn’t have to resort to such actions (if true).

There are times that I have ensonced myself for several hours at Starbucks to get some work done. BUT I’ve made sure to buy at least one thing for each hour I’m there. Starting with a coffee… then a bottled water. Perhaps a snack or sandwich. Then an Iced T or Hot Chocolate, depending on time of year. Also some mints or gum…

Also, I have tried to take up minimal space, and during crowded times made sure to quickly offer up the extra chair at my table, or even to share my table itself.

And I don’t do this every day. Once every few months, maybe.

If people were not so self-centered and self-involved, they’d see that with a bit of effort they could suit themselves while also making sure they weren’t taking advantage.

p

August 5th, 2011
8:27 am

if you’re complaining here, your life must suck.

Jase

August 5th, 2011
8:28 am

I have free wi-fi for the freeloaders. Center lane of I-285. I also have free coffee after you have been flattened by a 18 wheeler. Have a fantastic day!

FedUp

August 5th, 2011
8:33 am

I totally agree with this approach by Starbucks. It’s becoming a Homeless shelter for those that have no where to go.

Elvis

August 5th, 2011
8:35 am

Hey,her’s a novel idea.Why don’t you stick you lap tops up your rectum untill it reaches your stomach.Quit drinking over priced coffee ,throw away your cell phones and go climb a tree , catch crawdads in a creek,build a fort.Become a partisipant in life instead of a voyer

Ghostrider

August 5th, 2011
8:41 am

What a bunch of scumbags…I hope they pull the plug on you. Starbucks is not your personal office. If it were me I would without a doubt pull the plug.

Traci

August 5th, 2011
8:43 am

Perhaps the answer is in the words — MISSED BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY. Somewhere in this maze of plug in – v non plug in — and people doing business at a coffeee shop, is indeed a Entreprenural Business – or even on Starbucks can call – “Starbucks Biz Centre” . Their is a need to be filled –someone sieze t

Ron H.

August 5th, 2011
8:45 am

Power to the People,

$2 cup of coffee in 6 hours? LOL. You probably burnt up a buck or two of electricity (depending on your laptop) per hour…

free stuff

August 5th, 2011
8:45 am

I want more free stuff from starbucks and the government. I shouldn’t have to pay for it.

Techmom

August 5th, 2011
8:46 am

I’ve had to resort to sitting at McDonald’s or Starbuck’s on the couple occasions my power/internet were out for hours at home (I work from home). And I’ve purposely stopped at a McDonald’s or Starbucks while we were traveling to check some work messages. I have an iPhone and can usually find what I need online that way but there are occasions when I have to sign on the VPN to get to what I need. But I’ve probably done that a handful of times in the 8 years I’ve worked from home. And I I always buy something while I’m there.

I think they could print a wifi code and a bar code on each cup that then becomes active for 60 minutes after it’s been scanned. Want another 60 minutes? Buy another cup of something (or go sit outside in your car where you’re still close enough to get wifi without sucking up power or using their space).

Traci

August 5th, 2011
8:47 am

Seize the Day! Create a business where people can do this – “hang around” get business done. Or perhaps their is a mini-charger a Starbucks can sell.

Am I the only who sees $$ in this? Our do you just wanna complain about it?

JohnF

August 5th, 2011
8:47 am

Good for Starbucks..hope my local coffee shop in Brookhaven does the same thing. Most of the people taking up space in coffee shops with their electronics are losers and posers. If you have that much to do on a laptop, go home!

AJS

August 5th, 2011
8:47 am

Good for Starbucks. IF I stop by, it is for a cup of much needed coffee, and to check e-mails, and respond accordinly, check and update my outlook, that statement-”Starbucks seems to go out of their way to be friendly, so this is a perilous PR path, if true. After all, we can get coffee and electricity at work, if it comes to that.” – says it all, if you need to do that much work, it should be done at the office, or home, or hotel room, it’s too bad, but more of the same, the few ruin it for the many

Rebecca

August 5th, 2011
8:49 am

While I am not normally a Starbuck’s couch potato, I did use their WIFI for a 3 hour class that I could not miss while traveling to a funeral. So though I do not agree with the folks who are living at a table all day, I would like the availability even if I was paying a connection fee.

Often if I am traveling, Starbucks is the only place I know I can check in with job and family. But I can always go ‘old school’ and use a pay phone- if any still exist!

thedudebythething

August 5th, 2011
8:54 am

I have never seen the point in sitting in Starbucks (or any place for that matter) long enough to need a power supply. If you are in with a group and your surfing the Net, that’s one thing, but to go in so you can “work”? Thats just stupid. Work from home, or for that matter, get a broadband wifi card and work from the park…but get out of Starbucks….

Patrick

August 5th, 2011
8:57 am

If you “home” workers need an office for meetings, etc. there are always those SOHO shops that have a conference room FOR RENT.

And Power to the People, that $2 cup of coffee still makes you a freeloader when you are using many times that in “freebies.”

I Love Life Cereal

August 5th, 2011
8:59 am

After all, we can get coffee and electricity at work, if it comes to that.

That statement is not technically correct.

You cannot get Starbucks-quality coffee at work.

Once again, a few losers with no consideration are ruining a good thing for the rest of us. (Internet freeloaders)

Rob

August 5th, 2011
8:59 am

The idea of buying wifi time with a barcode on the side of a cup is clever but not practical for most (my netbook does not read barcodes). I do think some sort of code on a receipt might do the trick and give Starbucks control over wifi time sales. If you buy a cup of coffee and 30 minutes of time your code will be on your receipt together with what you paid for it. The best idea is to allow people to set up accounts online that can be used at any Starbucks. Each Starbucks could have their own rates, etc. Then log in and pay for use. And the online account could keep up with the charges.

Power to the People

August 5th, 2011
9:00 am

Hey Ron H,

You are probably one of those drive by customers that pop in order something look around in disgust at the locals and leave. We don’t want you there, Starbucks has created a community atmosphere and it should be our RIGHT to enjoy our coffee and work as long as we want. I think someone needs to send an email to Congress. In fact when I get in to Starbucks later this morning I will send the email from there! Imagine the irony.

I Love Life Cereal

August 5th, 2011
9:03 am

And another thing, what about the clowns who take up limited airport terminal restaurant seating by sitting there on their large arses and reading a book?

Nothing infuriates me more than a rough travel session, and yet I can’t sit down for a moment for a decent meal in one of the few decent restaurant airports because some douche thinks they can make it there “cozy little library.” ENOUGH!!!

Mid Town Joe

August 5th, 2011
9:03 am

Give the slugs free coffee and charge them $20 to sit and slurp.

cassandra pegsmen lawyer

August 5th, 2011
9:05 am

Power to the People

August 5th, 2011
9:06 am

This is a perfect example of what is happening in America that I am writing my book about. It is time for the rich to give back. Like shelter and food, internet has now become a necessary item not a privilage. If businesses start forcing people out who need to use the internet then we should build facilities that allow for those of us not fortunate enough to work in some ivory tower to find a cool quiet place to work.

o-O

August 5th, 2011
9:11 am

i agree with this during peak hours, however at night when most people are home they should reopen the wifi

Jessica

August 5th, 2011
9:12 am

I don’t use Starbucks as a replacement office, but there are some times when I can’t get started on a paper or research project at home, and I need the disconnect from my living environment that Starbucks offers. I spent a week solid at Starbucks writing a final paper for one of my classes last year, and I managed to pump that paper out in half the time it would have taken me surrounded by the distractions of my home. Without the Starbucks, I would have been languishing away in our very cold, very inhospitable library, where there’s no coffee and no good atmosphere (and no sunlight…).

I don’t think disconnecting laptop users is the answer. Most batteries will only last for 3-5 hours these days, depending on the use, and while some users may be spending a lot of time at Starbucks and not really doing anything, it won’t help if Starbucks appears to become unfriendly to laptop users. Heck, the same could be said for people who bring books and hog the tables NEXT TO the power outlets, so that laptop users who would like to get some work done but have little battery power cannot. There’s no easy solution here, and cutting off the power completely to laptop or other electronic users would just send them to another coffee shop (I’m thinking Caribou in Toco Hills or Einsteins in the morning).

Additionally, there was a time when Starbucks DID charge for WiFi, and eventually they went to a free system where everyone could use it. It’s a good system, and unless you’re streaming video or playing computer games, you really don’t need to limit anyone’s use of the WiFi. If you’re going to do something bandwidth-intensive, there are cyber-cafe’s that are popping up around the city that offer an environment specifically for people who want to use their computers for high-bandwidth media and drink coffee at the same time.

Like another user said, if they start blocking access to laptop power ports OR if they start kicking users off the WiFi after a set amount of time, the solution for the user is to stop buying Starbucks coffee. That’ll get the message across pretty quickly.

DebDoes

August 5th, 2011
9:14 am

I too used Panera as a virtual office from time to time….I moved around though (inside/out), etc. and didn’t take up table space needed for b’fast/lunch people. I agree, they need to pull the plug if people are camping out there all day and hogging the tables/space. Go home and work from there!

truth hurts

August 5th, 2011
9:14 am

freeloader, moocher, user, socialist, scammer, etc…hope Starbucks does toss these vagrants out. It’s is the biggest problem in America today..the entitlement syndrome. Good riddance to them all….wherever they squat.

Shannana

August 5th, 2011
9:14 am

Waffle House is in touch with this issue, too. Before smoking was banned in all Georgia restaurants, and Waffle House was one of the few places to still allow it, folks would come in, buy their coffee, get refills all day long and take up the booths SMOKING. Nons-smoking improved their business!

SB Luv

August 5th, 2011
9:15 am

All of you that are threatening to boycott SB if they pull the plug – good! Glad you’ll be gone. Those of us who are circling the parking lots looking for a space to run in and grab a coffee will finally be able to park. They should also consider implementing several “10 minute parking” spaces for those of us on the run.

Power to the People

August 5th, 2011
9:16 am

Ghostrider,

It is rich fat cats like you that need to be taxed in to oblivion. I have a house, one of the few govt assistance programs that actually works.

Evil Emperor Zurg

August 5th, 2011
9:19 am

“I do happen to kill time at S’Bucks while I work on other projects (like I’m doing now), often for an hour or more.”

As a business owner who relies on table occupancy, I can tell you that this type of customer SUCKS, as they are milking a 2 dollar cup of joe while other paying customers go elsewhere because they can’t get a table. Sorry, slackers, there’s this little thing called “consideration” that your parents didn’t instill in you very well. Get your coffee, drink it and then leave. That’s what the business wants.

Ghostrider

August 5th, 2011
9:20 am

@Power to the People

And your point ???? I have a house to, married 25 years no kids, 2 cars and Wife who dosen’t work. That dosen’t give you the right to sit in Starbucks for hours at a time.

Evil Emperor Zurg

August 5th, 2011
9:21 am

One more thing: if you want to sit on your laptop for hours, do it at home. There is no need for you to “be seen” by anyone in public slouched over your laptop. Bunch of narcissists!

D man

August 5th, 2011
9:22 am

Good job Starbucks… It’s about time…

DW

August 5th, 2011
9:23 am

I’m glad they are pulling the plug. Starbucks is a business and I don’t blame them getting sick of people abusing the perks they offer. Look at what happened to Borders? Too many freeloaders out there. What you think you’re justified to use their space because you paid $2 for a cup of coffee? Get real.

Power to the People

August 5th, 2011
9:26 am

Ghostrider,

A wife that sits at home and you have TWO cars???? You should get charged a premium idiot tax.

Pippi Longstockings

August 5th, 2011
9:34 am

@ Jonny
“I used to use Starbucks for work all the time. However, I got sick of that place. They do not have printers and it is so hard to find power!!! It is also distracting to have kids running around you while you are trying to work on your personal finances…”

SUCH A SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT YOU HAVE THERE!!! Starbucks is NOT your personal space!

But speaking of sick, I noticed over the last year or so that every time I drink that powerful Starbucks coffee, I start feeling sick. I don’t feel like that with Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Scott

August 5th, 2011
9:36 am

Jonny said:
August 5th, 2011
4:58 am
“I used to use Starbucks for work all the time. However, I got sick of that place. They do not have printers and it is so hard to find power!!! It is also distracting to have kids running around you while you are trying to work on your personal finances.”

Are you kidding me?? You got sick of the place, A COFFEE SHOP, because they don’t have printers? You got tired of people with kids and noise while you tried to WORK? It’s a coffee shop for crying out loud. It’s not office space for you. Why should Starbucks supply you with power or a printer for you to work. I’m glad you got sick of the place and found some place more appropriate to your needs. I get sick of trying to enjoy a cup of coffee where people like you are taking up all the tables and chairs and I have to get my coffee to go.
I think Starbucks is making the right decision on this one. I would go a step further and limit the time using power and charge a fee for it. Once your battery charge is gone…pay up. The unlimited refills would be changed too.

Power to the People

August 5th, 2011
9:38 am

Off to Starbucks to get to work, hopefully I won’t see any of you idiots there buying your coffee and giving us your stare of superiority. We don’t need you!

Ghostrider

August 5th, 2011
9:40 am

@ Power to the People

My Wife dosen’t have to work, I like having her there when I leave and when I get Home. I’t not my fault your a loser. :)

Barack Obama

August 5th, 2011
9:46 am

Starbucks is for metrosexual hipster posers. The losers that hang out there need to grow up, get a real job, and drink real coffee.

entitlement

August 5th, 2011
9:48 am

Let’s see……can we call these “beings” Treehuggers ??
Now I get it. I can park 20 spaces from another vehicle and when I return to my truck, someone is parked next to me. Yeah, a treehugger or SB office worker :lol:

Tony

August 5th, 2011
9:48 am

Starbucks is a good place to go number two since the turlets are all single seaters and you can lock the door. You’ll be happy that you know this one day while you’re in the store cause their coffee is so strong that you’ll visit the turlet.

addictivis

August 5th, 2011
9:49 am

Starbucks in Midtown was once a nice place to relax and enjoy a coffee while reading the paper. The patrons were mostly the same set, and decent people could feel comfortable together.

Ever since the WiFi became free, swarms of blacks have moved in and created an uncomfortable environment for Whites. These “black professionals and struggling students” hog the space and slouch all day long. They have hideous dredlocks and demeanors. Now, the nice set stays away, or order all their drinks to go.

The bathrooms stink!

Very sad how anything free always attracts the MLK Civil Rights ghetto element and makes the White community miserable. Predictable. But this is Black Ruled Atlanta, so it was just a matter of time before anything that Whites were enjoying would be taken from them.

We don’t feel sorry for miserable Whites in Atlanta. They are a minority in a black ruled city. They deserve it as bad as the blacks can give it.

atlantaphotog

August 5th, 2011
9:52 am

Not that I go somewhere where it costs me $5+ for a coffee beverage anyway, but, they ARE a business and not an office or bedroom. If I owned such a place, I would allow a set amount of internet use time per dollars spent – you spend $10, you get 1 hour (MAX) on the web with it, etc. Business-101.

JoeV

August 5th, 2011
9:53 am

Hey addictivis,

#$*& you

Michelle Obama

August 5th, 2011
9:54 am

Addictivis speaks the truth!

rbag

August 5th, 2011
9:55 am

brad

August 5th, 2011
8:02 am
Old Geezer = racist assh*ole

Old Geezer may be a racist, but he’s right. Racism is coming back, because blacks just haven’t become Lords and Ladies after the Trillions of dollars Whites have invested in their improvement.

Whites have earned the Right of Racism.

“Under the circumstances, racism really is the best option.”

When Whites hear themselves called “racist,” they know that they are being good Patriots.

Unknown

August 5th, 2011
9:56 am

Power to the people,
go to China you stupid Commie!! they would love you there!! you can have one car, one kid, you can work and eat government cheese all day! Socialist prick!

DtwnATL

August 5th, 2011
9:59 am

Jonny,
Is 200 office even opened yet? I was in the space 2 weeks ago and it was no where near completion.

sendoff

August 5th, 2011
10:03 am

I worry about what will happen when the power is pulled from the Afro starbucks patrons.

drudgereport.com

‘Mob’ beatings at WI state fair…

‘Hundreds of young black people beating white people’…

Fairgoers ‘pulled out of cars’…

‘They were just going after white people’…

add14jazz

August 5th, 2011
10:03 am

First, the Fat Boys break up, now this!!!!!

Tony

August 5th, 2011
10:04 am

Forget going to the club to meet someone new, when I want to meet someone new I get a cup and head to Starbucks.

Tee H

August 5th, 2011
10:10 am

Chick-fil-A has good coffee, good eats and free power and Wi-fi (in most locations) – they don’t care how long you stay, they just want to serve while you’re there!

craig

August 5th, 2011
10:13 am

I’m surprised it took so long for this to happen ! I do Starbucks to go only, primarily because you can rarely find a seat for the idiots & their gear taking up a 4 top for hours. Dunkin is the same way, can’t find a place to sit down & eat the donut I just bought.( aging hipsters ? ? ? ours are full of 3rd world cab drivers & Emory pukes)

Clay

August 5th, 2011
10:14 am

I don’t drink coffee and I’ve never visited a Starbucks; but, I think this is a wonderful move. They do not owe you a place to hang out in all day in return for buying a cup of coffee.

Those of you who think they do owe you something are the type of folks who caused Borders to close. In the interviews with “customers” they all talked about how they would hang out, use the WiFi and drink coffee–but none of them ever bought any books. Starbucks is being proactive.

Bufanaquishria

August 5th, 2011
10:17 am

Usually when I go into Starbucky’s every table is occupied by people who appear to have camped out there. Kinda like the bums who hang out in the main Atlanta library all day.

If I’m a franchise owner I need to keep people moving along. In addition to covering the electrical outlets I’d also remove the chairs and install standup tables like you see in some food courts.

C from Marietta

August 5th, 2011
10:22 am

I go to Starbucks all the time. I am laughing reading this drama. It’s NO WHERE near as bad you as your making it out to be. I have open seats everytime I go. I think you folks just love to whine and complain about anything and everything. BTW.. If you think Duncan Donuts has better coffee. Your crazy.

Barack Obama

August 5th, 2011
10:28 am

I will have the AG look into this immediately. It sounds like discrimination and I will make sure my people (Blacks and Muslims) will continue to get FREE electricity and internet from those racist people at Starbucks. I might even force them to give my brothers (Blacks and Muslims) free coffee and charge white people double. Now thats some Hope & Change we can get behind.

GRAY GHOST OR WHITE KNIGHT

August 5th, 2011
10:29 am

Enter your comments here

Rational

August 5th, 2011
10:34 am

YES. This makes sense … it’s a business trying to make money. It’s not for the officeless to take advantage of the situation then run off the paying customers. How about a timer on the free internet? Barnes & Noble should not be a library for the non-paying either.

GREY GHOST OR WHITE KNIGHT

August 5th, 2011
10:35 am

The old Georgia Tech eatery in the basement of the Admin building had no chairs just standing height tables.

The Germans call them Schnell Imbess ?? quick eat.

Never a crowd.

No reason to go now

August 5th, 2011
10:39 am

You mean to tell me that that the only reason to go to Starbucks now is for over-brewed, over-priced coffee? That will be all she wrote Star*ucks.

wayne robinson

August 5th, 2011
10:41 am

I’m always amazed at the selfish lack of respect so many people show doing stuff like this. Starbucks is providing an atmosphere to attract people to come and enjoy a coffee, not providing office space. But some people are just oblivious to good manners and doing what’s fair and right. They should be ticketed and sent to manners school.

David B.

August 5th, 2011
10:43 am

While I don’t even like Starbuck’s coffee, I can’t blame them or any other coffee shop for doing this. The commenter in the article is right.

john

August 5th, 2011
10:53 am

You guys are pricks! First of all, starbucks coffee sucks. The expresso taste like dirt compared to other places in the city (octane). Next, the only people who are going into starbucks are young kids trying to be hip and business people who are to rushed to smell the roses. When i go to a coffeeshop its to study and relax. Im not one of the people who sits there and doesnt order tho. I generally spend around 20 dollars on food and drink in a period of 5-6 hours of studying. So the way i see it, im adding to the environment by making it not suck as much, and Im spending way more than you corporate suit dicks and your lattes or your annoying kids and their frappacinos. Maybe you should take your arse to mcdonalds and get their coffee. Or keep going to starbucks cause im not gonna have to look at your annoying faces.

HP

August 5th, 2011
10:54 am

Panera is notorious for this. I have a tray full of the $15 lunch I just bought and can’t find a place to sit because all the tables are taken up by people and their laptops, bags, etc…And NO food or drinks purchased there. It’s not right, point blank.

Answer Man

August 5th, 2011
10:54 am

Good for Starbucks – make it stick, and Panera too.

Many of these lap top using table hogs more than likely are pretending to still have a job. They leave the house and make their spouse or significant other think that they are going to the office or going to call on clients when in fact they are “hiding” out until it is time to go home. Hard to believe they could be “working”.

Either that, or they are fulfilling a need to have others see them as hard working, technically savvy contributing members of society.

Sorry, but a big fail on both of these scenarios. Plus you are all a pain in the *ss to the rest of us, so the next time you see some real “customers” staring at you you’ll know what we are thinking.

I'm just sayin'...

August 5th, 2011
10:57 am

Starbucks is in the business to make money. Undoubtedly, making themselves an internet cafe was a ploy to draw customers who’d continuously load up on their coffee and food during their “visit”. Unfortunately, the thinktank at Starbucks did not factor in the “what ifs”– such as “what if people only buy 1 cup and stay all day.” You’ve got to keep in mind that Starbucks has business expenses, folks.

Business 101: If you’re not making money, you’re losing it.

If you can’t understand the world of business, then consider how you’d feel if someone camped out at your house all day, ate up your food, ran the tv all day long, washed loads of laundry, and then only left you a couple of dollars. Yes, it’s an exaggerated example, but it’s the same concept. There is no such thing as a free lunch.

The Starbucks issue would make a great case study for an MBA program.

acof

August 5th, 2011
11:07 am

The level of whining is simply tremendous. Starbucks sloths are, to quote that amazing philosopher Homer Simpson, “people who use big words to sound smart.” I applaud the effort to remove the tiny-glasses, turtle necks, and psuedo-intellectual conversations…i want a damn coffee and don’t want to be burdened with someone regurgitating what Hannity said last night about Obama and the “debt ceiling” as if the d-bag who is spewing this garbage out understands it. Get your coffee, get out.

Will

August 5th, 2011
11:07 am

I can’t believe some of the comments on here, people saying if they pull the plug then they are done with starbucks. your kidding me right? Have some of you all worked in the restaurant/retail business before, Its almost always hard or impossible to tell someone no because it will make customer service look bad, so b/c of that people naturally assume its ok to soak up the free wifi/power. I applaud Starbucks for pulling the plug, sure they could charge a fee to use extended WiFi or power usage. But the point of the hotspots was supposed to be a temp place to check email while sipping your coffee, not to spend an entire morning there as your office

Answer Man

August 5th, 2011
11:11 am

Hey John, ever heard of a library? Maybe you should park your “arse” there unless you can’t stand the quiet and need a lot of attention.

Spending $20 in a 6-7 hour period in a coffee shop is not going to keep the place in business, believe me. And when the place goes out of business you will be one of the first to complain about how there are no “decent” places where you can get a coffee and a sandwich.

There’s a bigger picture here, step back a little and try to see it.

acof

August 5th, 2011
11:12 am

Hey David — Did you just write “We are not hermits, we are people that need to interact, watch, laugh, and complain. It’s what we do.”….sorry to burst your Devry-educated bubble, but….yes, you are. Starbucks isn’t in the business of capturing the son’s power so that you can see the latest version of Dungeons N’ Dragons on your over-sized MAC. They sell coffee. We don’t need to be told that “we don’t understand.” We do. What we understand is that turle necks are not appropriate in August, your toyota tercel is too small for the 80 un-funny bumperstickers you have, and no one cares about your louder-than-normal conversation about the plantation workers who harvest Komodo Dragon vs. Pike’s Place. Get your coffee, get back to your mom’s basement, and stop clogging up the place.

JoeV

August 5th, 2011
11:13 am

@john

Wow, we should all be so lucky to be graced by your presence at our local coffee shop. It must be so awesome to single-handedly make an environment “not suck” as much.

You should probably see a doctor about your head being THAT far up your a$$.

Middle ground

August 5th, 2011
11:14 am

I used to go into starbucks and admittedly I am one of those people that would stay usually 45 minutes to an hour and sometimes more like an hour and a half but not often. And possibly get one refill but I would also buy one of their overpriced sandwiches if I was going to be there for an hour. But people spending 4 or 8 hours in there and basically making the place their freaking office. All it takes is a few bad apples to ruin it for everyone.

As to the people complaining about going in and wanting to sit down and enjoy the place without people everywhere with laptops slouched all over? Well all I got to say on that is if they paid for their coffee just like you did they they have a right to take up a seat inside just like you do if all you’re doing is meeting someone there for a coffee. They just don’t have a right to sit there for 2 or 8 hours or more. Otherwise with or without a laptop you’re both taking up a seat and you both paid for a coffee.

Blog referee

August 5th, 2011
11:20 am

acof,

You’re a pretty judgemental and angry person. No point in people being in there for hours on end but you don’t have any right to tell people to get their coffee and get out of the store. If people want to relax for 30 minutes or so to enjoy their coffee and check some email then so be it. That was the whole intent of starbucks granting wi fi access to begin with. You got some issues you need to work out.

really?

August 5th, 2011
11:21 am

Really? People are mad that there are no printers at Starbucks? And it’s annoying to have kids running all around while you work on your finances? You do realize that it’s a coffee shop and not your personal office??

Blog referee

August 5th, 2011
11:25 am

Sorry, but a big fail on both of these scenarios. Plus you are all a pain in the *ss to the rest of us, so the next time you see some real “customers” staring at you you’ll know what we are thinking.- Answr man

Answer man,

Just another judgemental person. How exactly are you going to differentiate between those of us that stop in for 30 minutes and the jerkoffs who do spend hours on end? Yeah. I know that some are obvious like the ones that bring file cabinets in. But what about the others that just have a notebook and their laptop and bag? Who the hell died and made you judge of who is abusing the practice and who isn’t and who made you and acof the judges of who is a loser, who has a job, and who is faking work. Ya’ll need to get a grip and let go of some of that pent up frustration.

McCoy Group Inc.

August 5th, 2011
11:25 am

I applaud Starbucks… I hope other cyber cafe’s do the same. Something that started good and then turned bad is about to become a thing of the past. People (who are not really customers) think that it’s ok to sit in a cafe for hours a day and pay nothing. The people this affects are not the people Starbucks will miss… Think about it…. they were not paying customers anyway….

Michelle Obama

August 5th, 2011
11:26 am

Starbucks gives me the poopsquirts

Chris

August 5th, 2011
11:29 am

Justine, your’e spot on. Start the new social revolution. Remove Wifi from all cafes, coffee shops, and pubs and let’s see if people are in fact social? If someone wants to be tethered to the net, will they stay home for that. Besides, iPhones are putting a sunset on PCs in the coming years. The only other step will be to figure out how to deter people from spreading out thier paper files in public places.

The community organizer

August 5th, 2011
11:29 am

I will appoint a coffee czar to look into this matter. I want to make sure an evil corporation like starbucks isn’t abusing the people. And if my czar finds out that the rumor is true that starbucks is not providing printers for the customers then I will have the czar refer the case to Attorney General Eric Holder over at the department of payback.

not quite

August 5th, 2011
11:32 am

Besides, iPhones are putting a sunset on PCs in the coming years

Nope. Not quite. I love my top of the line Droid and look stuff up all the time on the internet when I don’t have my laptop. But the bottom line is that it won’t replace the speed of a laptop connection nor the dependability and it will never replace the big screen that a laptop gives us.

Samantha

August 5th, 2011
11:34 am

Good! I’m happy they are pulling the plug on laptop users. It’s a shame how they just walk into a starbucks and sometimes actually order something and sit for hours on end using their laptops. If you can’t afford a new battery then you don’t need a laptop! Electricity is high as he!! is hott…I can only imagine how much money Starbucks will save when they block all of their outlets. Good for you Starbucks! :)

Roger

August 5th, 2011
11:41 am

Power to the People – sorry I was out doing something worthwhile and could not get back to you. A $2.00 cup of coffee is a $2.00 cup of coffee. We both know what you are and God bless the world that will have to forever live with leeches like you and your ilk!

MrLiberty

August 5th, 2011
11:41 am

An unfortunate though not expected response to our “I want everything for nothing” american culture. Good for Starbucks for making a prudent decision. Their business model is also unfortunately based on the Federal Reserve created financial bubble so who knows how long they will ultimately last, but certainly cutting off the parasites may prolong their existence.

cm

August 5th, 2011
11:44 am

smart decision

rastus brown

August 5th, 2011
11:51 am

Dey owes us a place to sits and use hour computers. Some places even gives discounts to us.

godoggo

August 5th, 2011
11:54 am

I’ve always wondered how much change in “power use” of the average Starbucks store over the last 10 years ? Im sure 20 fold !

In order to make it an entitlement….You need to hire “Jesse lovechild Jackson” and his Rainbow Push coalition…..he can do a shakedown on Starbucks like he has done with other Atlanta Corporations to settle race initiatives…….If in any way it affects minorities of any kind…..he can make it an “Entitilement”…..and we can all have “Common ground”….can i get an Amen ?

jt

August 5th, 2011
11:56 am

Guess these people will have to go back to their Mother’s basement and in their underwear!!

What a bunch of “Nerds”

doug

August 5th, 2011
12:06 pm

Why doesn’t somebody in the establishment have the balls to put these losers out. “We have the right to refuse service to anyone”. After all..who cares if they don’t comeback…they are not spending money anyway!

furious styles

August 5th, 2011
12:34 pm

HAHAHA, You see what happened to Borders! Too many people parking and not buying anything, taking up space and using up power. Coffee houses take notice or suffer the same fate.

Sick-n-Tired

August 5th, 2011
12:39 pm

Unlike the Government, at least Starbucks is doing something about their so called “entitlement” crowd. It’s not Starbucks place to give these freeloaders a free office. Now, if Obama and stupid liberals will learn the same lesson. It’s not the taxpayers responsibility to keep paying higher taxes to fund all these entitlement programs for all the lazy bums (seniors excluded. They worked all their life for the SS and pay medicare and medicine premiums like current workers pay insurance premiums)! I’m talking about the rest of the population. Get a job!

Grits

August 5th, 2011
12:48 pm

I hope Subway will too.

Say What???

August 5th, 2011
1:06 pm

Holy cow…. Please tell me “Power to the People” is simply a troll who is trying to stir the pot. No one can really have that type of opinion and openly voice it, right? If not, this country is doomed.

For those who do think like “power”, I am curious to see where our arguments diverge. Tell me which of these statements you disagree with and that might help me:

1. Starbucks is a business not a charity. Yes or No
2. The purpose of a business is to make a profit. Yes or No
3. A business makes a profit by selling their goods and services for more than it costs them to make or provide them (Profit Margin). Yes or No
4. To grow a business, a company needs to grow its profit Yes or No
5. To grow their profit, a company needs to sell more product/services or increase their profit margin by lowering their costs or raising their prices. Yes or No

Okay, now on to specifics about Starbucks:
6. Starbuck’s main source of profit comes from selling coffee and food items: Yes or No
7. In order for Starbucks to increase their profit, they need to sell more coffee and food: Yes or No
8. Customers who come into Starbucks with the intent to buy a beverage/snack and spend a short amount of time in the store enjoying their purchase may take their business elsewhere if there are no available seats: Yes or No
9. Turning away repeat customers will hurt the business: Yes or No
10. That lost business cannot be made up with customers who sit for hours, who only purchase one beverage: Yes or No

Thank you for your comments. I really want to see where we differ….

Finally, let’s move on to Starbucks customer:
8. Starbucks customer can be broken down into to main groups: (A) Those who come in, purchase a beverage and/or snack, leave or spend a short about of time reading, talking with friends, or sufing the internet for a short (30 mins or less) period of time; and (B) Those who come in, purchase a beverage and/ or snack, sit down at a table, plug in their computer and work/ surf for long periods of time (1 hour or longer).
9.

Say What???

August 5th, 2011
1:07 pm

Oops… I meant to delete everything after “Thank you for your comments”…. Sorry about that…

Matt

August 5th, 2011
1:13 pm

Lingering is rude at any restaurant/cafe. I work at a breakfast and brunch restaurant, and people camp out all the time, ignoring the line of customers waiting for a seat, and stay for up to 2 hours after they’ve finished eating. Go home you slobs, and let some other customers use that table!

My restaurant has free WiFi as well so I expect to see a few of the people mentioned in this article after a while.

BW

August 5th, 2011
1:18 pm

Good. I hate those hipsters that are a drain on society. Send all those beatnick freeloaders elsewhere. Just as long as they don’t migrate over to the Dunkin’ Donuts. Then I would have to run over their feet in the parking lot.

James

August 5th, 2011
1:25 pm

are you kidding? You don’t know this is true but you publish anyway. The ajc is a tabloid……

YFI

August 5th, 2011
1:26 pm

Power to the People, you are pathetic with your “I was there first”. You sound like what you probably are a whining geek. The hurried business people with their disapproving stares are there to actually BUY something, rather than to free ride on a business’s utilities and take up space. If you need to get work done, do it at home, at school or at an office. Starbuck’s like Panera, is an eating establishment – not a branch office for you.

Pat

August 5th, 2011
1:29 pm

pull the plug on the moochers.

tom

August 5th, 2011
1:41 pm

I must admit, I used to visit Starbucks for this purpose. But it was maybe for an hour at a time. We’ve all seen these people in starbucks before, it gets annoying b/c you know they aren’t buying anything.

Peachy Pie

August 5th, 2011
1:41 pm

I am an almost daily visitor to Starbucks, I purchase, tip and verbalize my appreciation to the employees.

Can someone tell the guy who sits plugged in for hours, buys nothing, demands unlimited cups of water, and expects his outdoor table to be free of pollen and other debris to take his parasitic behaviors elsewhere. In addition, for the fellow with the iMac, printer and 23″ monitor, get a dolly and wheel your mobile office to a more appropriate location. And tell the artist that he can pack up the canvas, brushes, paints and water cups and ride on to the SW Arts Ctr on New Hope Rd. And to the freeloaders who came in with a Pizza Hut pizza, why did you come in, purchased nothing but left with 4 free cups of water? OMG! Moreover, to the obnoxious, free loading chess players, across the street you will find the nice gazebo courtesy of Fulton Co. And ma’am, the McDonald’s supersized lunch bag, may I take one of the two tables you are occupying?

Bucks can go back to the old days of two hrs free wifi per day for paying card holding customers

Real Estate Dudw

August 5th, 2011
1:42 pm

I use Starbuck’s to meet clients at since where I show property is no were near our office and I may get the laptop out some, BUT….I normally spend $20 for my clients and myself on coffee and we are normally gone in 20 or 30 mins…..

I think that is what they indented the wifi service to be used for.

Jon

August 5th, 2011
1:42 pm

There is a solution: Coworking. Think of it as like working in Starbucks, without the overpriced burnt coffee and the freeloading. Co-working spaces are tailor-made for people like me who by choice or necessity work remotely but dislike the isolation of working at home.

There are several fantastic co-working spaces in Atlanta, like Strongbox West and Ignition Alley – check one out!

Hmmmmmm

August 5th, 2011
1:42 pm

Anybody Stupid enough to pay 4 dollars for a cup of coffee needs to be able to use their AC….. Jim, don’t let the little things bother you…… Good Grief, get a LIFE!

Karin

August 5th, 2011
1:42 pm

Wow- i have used Starbucks and Panera Bread for internet connection (no more 10 mins)
Did not know ppl were using coffee shops as offices.

dan

August 5th, 2011
1:45 pm

I was in the Starbucks about six months ago off of exit 8 up 400 in the morning and the place was packed. I got a seat barely next to a group of 6 in the corner who all had laptops up and were conducting a meeting. I thought this was crazy? I guess letting others know about your operations is not a secret? I thought I should have given my input about the pending layoffs they were having in Savannah offices?

hotinatlanta

August 5th, 2011
1:48 pm

If you don’t have to work in an official office, work at home. That way you have the luxury of your own coffee, work in your PJs, eat when & what you want. Pay for your own internet connection like the rest of us do. Quit sucking off these companies who are nice enough to “LOAN” you their WiFi. You don’t have that right. I experienced this issue at a Panera’s at lunch on a work day. There were 3 of us who couldn’t get a table because there were several people who took up tables/booths for 4 and there was only one person – using the WiFi and power. Just Rude!!!!! It truly has become an “You Owe Me” society.

john

August 5th, 2011
1:51 pm

You go Starbucks. Chiselers be gone.

Ghostrider

August 5th, 2011
1:56 pm

If I were a Manager of one of these establishments I throw your your useless A$$es out. What a bunch of scumbags.

Honest Abe

August 5th, 2011
1:57 pm

I wish somebody would pull Starbucks’s plug.

Garth

August 5th, 2011
2:01 pm

Starbucks’ coffee is some of the worst in the world. I guess junkies bought it just to hook up their electronics. So many people are wasting their lives away in this overpriced neo-hippie joint.

jay

August 5th, 2011
2:07 pm

If you’re part of the group complaining about StarBucks using blank faceplates to cover their power outlets, you’re probably the reason why they’ve come to the conclusion that its necessary to do that. StarBucks isnt the public library. The public library is the public library. I see people go into Starbucks, not buy Jack and go to sleep on the couch or play on the internet.

Morenike

August 5th, 2011
2:08 pm

This makes perfectly good sense. And I am amazed at the craziness of people who actually think that it is okay for them to go sit in any restaurant, eatery, bar or grille and use up electricity. Get a grip. Charge up your own dang computer and connections! Let’s get real here. They should have done this a long time ago.

Bravo, Starbucks

August 5th, 2011
2:09 pm

I hope the rumors are true. I buy starbucks coffee/food through the drive thru becuase I am so tired of interrupting the work day of so many people who use Starbucks as an office. Where we live, Starbucks closed down two of its larger “traditional” coffee shops in favor of opening up the much smaller units with the drive thrus. Bravo! I think 30 minute wi-fi cutoff is a bit short – should be an hour. Also, I’m all for power hogs paying for the charge, even if it’s just a buck or two. If people are making money while working at starbucks, why shouldn’t starbucks recoup costs too?

Hindu Elvis Pimp

August 5th, 2011
2:12 pm

The coffee at Starbucks is horrible. The only reason people go to Starbucks is to tap keys on their lap top, trying to make everyone else they are writing a screen play or novel.

We don’t believe it. Find a home.

It’s almost as bad as the yuppies that come in on a Sunday morning with the newspaper to read. They are not doing it for fun, they are doing it for the attention. How the hell is Starbucks more comfortable than your home?

Tony

August 5th, 2011
2:21 pm

I once had an interview in a Starbucks in the Airport. That was the strangest place I’ve ever done that. Maybe someone could make money on the side by bringing a wireless printer to Starbucks and then charging 25 cents a page to anyone that wants to use it.

Kelly

August 5th, 2011
2:24 pm

Starbucks is a convenient place to meet a client as they are everywhere. I do go there to meet clients, I always buy $4.00+ cup of coffee for me and my client(s)t, and stay no more than an hour. I kind of thought that was one of the drawing factors of Starbucks.

Diversity BLOWS

August 5th, 2011
2:25 pm

Coffee, particularly Cappuccino, is an EXCEPTIONAL laxative.

How can anyone, even worthless 0bama Lovers, sit at table for 8 hours straight after consuming one or more without having to go defecate?

cuppa joe

August 5th, 2011
2:31 pm

No one will miss these slugs. Starbucks won’t lose any money.

cuppa joe

August 5th, 2011
2:34 pm

I think the 30 min limit is a little short. You should at least get a half hour.

Michael

August 5th, 2011
2:39 pm

So much Hatorade.

john

August 5th, 2011
2:39 pm

i dont see how your just assuming everyone in there that is working is just buying one drink. Like i said, most people i know who study in coffeeshops do so in order to get out of the house and actually get work done, and whats the problem if they are actually buying things. like i said you guys are pricks, just find a starbucks with a drive through. Problem solved then you dont have to get your fat asses out of the car to get your coffee.

What makes you better because your only there for a few mins. The way i see it, your taking up the seats from the people who actually have things to do and are buying more than one coffee.

crackbaby

August 5th, 2011
2:41 pm

It would be better if the slugs were simply asked to leave out loud in front of paying patrons. If they make a scene, call the cops. Any establishment can refuse service provide it doesn’t break the law (racial discrimination, etc.).

Paying patrons (non-slugs) should break out in applause when it happens.

Alatsea

August 5th, 2011
2:43 pm

More parasites that need to be told pack your c r a p up and hit the road.

Night Stalker

August 5th, 2011
2:44 pm

Let Starbuck’s do whatever they believe is in the best interest of their employees, owners and shareholders. The moochers will find another place to leech until evetually every place is forced to address this problem.

Steve

August 5th, 2011
2:45 pm

This whole thing kills me, especially all the ones from people of the freeloading mindset that this kind of thing creates. David Quinn’s was an especially laughable pile of enviro-hipster nonsense. You people don’t seem to get it. Starbucks is not a library. It is not funded by our tax money. They do not owe us anything beyond what we pay for. No business should be expected to provide services to their patrons that they can not afford to provide, especially not in this economy, NOR should they try to innovate just to be able to continue to provide a level of comfort that appeases those with am entitlement/welfare mentality that is entirely divorced from reality. If those of you who sponge off Starbucks for 8 hours at a time are going to boycott, then I say great because it’s been my experience that people like yourselves often lack dignity, class, and common decency in other regards as well. Maybe you should all just do the world a favor and stop leaving the house.

Michael

August 5th, 2011
2:46 pm

We have the entitlement babies hogging seats and outlets and even more entitlement babies complaining that they cannot get a seat. Yet the second set of entitlement babies must go there every day to witness this repetition.

This all sounds like the typical Scotch-Irish American work ethic thing where “Someone doesn’t work as hard as I do and therefore doesn’t deserve ____________”

rexdogma

August 5th, 2011
2:46 pm

30 minutes would be good. You should see all the slugs camped out at your local library running their companies on the tax payers dime. Not only hogging the power supply but also using the libraries computers for hours at a time.

Keeping It Real = Rubbish

August 5th, 2011
2:48 pm

If it weren’t for welfare, shoplifting and/or smash-and-grab antics, many of these MARTA-riding freeloaders wouldn’t have laptops to suck up power from Starbucks in the first place.

Ever wonder how many of OUR hard-earned tax dollars, re-distributed to the lazy and bottom-feeders of society as part of “government assistance,” go to buy Starbucks Coffee or contraband?

Roekest

August 5th, 2011
2:49 pm

Let’s take it further: let Starbucks just kneecap the “slouching slobs” if they go over 30 mins. Why pull the plug when you can just cripple the SOBs? Sends a more…concise message.

uncleduh

August 5th, 2011
2:52 pm

I’m recently unemployed and rely on the free wifi at Star Bucks so I can watch my George Lopez reruns.

Will this affect me?

Jennifer

August 5th, 2011
3:01 pm

Remember when going to a coffee shop was a social experience? When you could meet a friend for coffee and conversation as well as make new friends there, too? Now coffeeshops are filled with laptops. People don’t look at each other but at a screen. Their “friends” are on Facebook. I don’t feel comfortable going to any coffee shops anymore because the “patrons” act like I’m intruding on their work. I met a girlfriend at a coffee shop at 10 AM, and we were speaking to each other in a normal tone of voice. Literally ALL the other patrons had laptops and several glared at us for having the audacity to have a conversation. It’s a social environment, not an office!

Ghostrider

August 5th, 2011
3:02 pm

@ john

John you can’t acutally think it’s ok to go to any establishment and sit for hours at a time. You are the BIGGEST LOSER, why dont you go and get a JOB and pay your own internet and power bill. Now go back to Mommy’s basement you worthless P.O.S.

acowa

August 5th, 2011
3:08 pm

Now all of the slobs can move to McDonalds…where they belong in the first place.

10Cent

August 5th, 2011
3:09 pm

Just get a french press buy some decent coffee and get your work done at the public library

Saundra Taylor

August 5th, 2011
3:12 pm

I don’t drink coffee so I do not go to Starbucks but can understand their problem with the people who use it as an office. Panera Bread has the same problem. It is troubling that as a paying lunch customer I can’t find a place to sit due to office setups. I have even experienced meetings with 4-6 people taking up several tables and not eating. All the free loaders need to move on from these places after a limited amount of time.

emptycup

August 5th, 2011
3:13 pm

I owned a coffee shop where I had to deal with the same freeloaders. They would come in at opening and use my shop for a office all day buying a small cup of coffee and getting free refills. I finally had enough and when I approached them they usually commented I’ll never come back here again. Hurt my feelings

woodrow

August 5th, 2011
3:18 pm

Starbucks claim to fame is their ‘atmosphere’. Now we see that abuse of that ‘atmosphere’ is causing them to question their business model. It will be interesting to see how they survive just being a ordinary coffee shop. I actually like Dunkin Donuts coffee better.

DrKnome

August 5th, 2011
3:19 pm

A little bit of etiquette would go a long way.

I spend 1-6 hours/session at a local independent coffee shop 2-3 days/week. When my schedule at the office permits. I’m more productive there with the reading/writings tasks of my job than the office or at home. It also helps me wait out rush hour, saving 15 minutes on my morning commute. But …

I know the staff. They know me.

I sit at a one person table.

I’m self-conscious about being a freeloader. If the place got full and I was not consuming, I would leave.

I try to buy a coffee every hour or so (coffee is $2, refills are $1). If I’m there through lunch, I buy lunch ($8+). These costs are well worth it for my improved productivity. And I do recognize them as costs. I make sure to tip every day.

They are a business. If my activities are hurting their business (customers have nowhere to sit for lunch or have a conversation over coffee), they should ask me to move. I try to put myself in their shoes.

Munzir

August 5th, 2011
3:23 pm

All Starbucks has to do is impose a two hour limit on internet users. Just like some Atlanta Bread Company shops give you the code on the receipt for wifi, Starbucks should do the same. This is fair as they will still maintain business. If people want to stay longer, then people can buy another coffee for the next two hours. Starbucks use to have a two hour limit. But I don’t know what made them change.

But it does encourage business at Starbucks, when they offer free wifi. Or else I would be sitting at home and enjoying coffee at home. I am more tempted to go to Starbucks and have a cup of coffee with free wifi. Plus, I can tolerate others working on their laptops, keeping the noise pollution down.

Blondie

August 5th, 2011
3:25 pm

I have the perfect solution for this… Starbucks should get the Smarte Carte’s Rapid Charge Kiosk. They have them at airports for phones and PDA’s and it’s only $3 to charge. They could get one for laptops and tablets. $5 per charge. Boom, problem solved. It would also crowd all the loafers into one corner of the store.

Jim

August 5th, 2011
3:30 pm

Sounds fair. I sometimes will turn around and leave a Starbucks because too many people have set up camp and there is no place to sit. They should have a couple of tables they can rent by the hour for those who want to stay all day.

Ghostrider

August 5th, 2011
3:30 pm

@ DrKnome

Glad to hear someone has common sense.

Jan

August 5th, 2011
3:34 pm

Good for Starbucks, I guess we are some of the few who meet for Latte’s and a few minutes of friendship a couple of times a month. I applaud them for doing this because sometimes it’s hard to find a place to sit for all the “offices” that are scattered amongst all the tables. I hope our local Starbucks is one of the ones who unplugs.

Office Hog

August 5th, 2011
3:38 pm

The thing that annoys me most is that they don’t have faxes and the printer situation is simply atrocious!

Say What???

August 5th, 2011
5:01 pm

Dr.Knome, the difference between you and the others is that you are courteous and considerate of others. God Bless you, my friend. You just gave me a modicum of hope for our society.

Boss Hog

August 5th, 2011
5:20 pm

Before I retired (at 48) I used to hang out at a breakfast place in suburban Chicago. I’d plug into the wall, tunnel into my clients’ servers and do maintenance for about an hour. I tipped well and got visits from everyone who worked, managed or owned there. My laptop and cellphone were my office. Maybe put on a suit twice a month if I had to go into the city.

john

August 5th, 2011
8:56 pm

99% Deb? Really? I am in a Starbucks right now, and of the 12 patrons, 9 have laptops open. I come to this Starbucks nearly every day. I like the environment. I spend $5 -10. I stay for an hour or so, usually. My $1500 a year for 520 hours may not be much, but multiply that by how many of us? Per store. I was at a Chick fil a recently and apologized for staying longer than an hour. The manager said with a smile, “That’s fine, stay as long as you like and get refills if you want. A full room is a great ad.” He gets it.

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Answer Man

August 6th, 2011
12:35 pm

Per Blog referee “Who the hell died and made you judge of who is abusing the practice and who isn’t and who made you and acof the judges of who is a loser, who has a job, and who is faking work.”

Answer: The same person that made you the “Blog referee “.

If people look at these “lap top table hogs” and see them as officious, lazy, inconsiderate, rude, anti-social, smarmy, unemployed, etc. whether they have been there for 8 minutes or 8 hours it is their judgement, and they are entitled to it. Unfortunately all lap top users in eating establishments are tarred with the same brush provided by the abusers of the priviledge. That’s a fact you’ll have to learn to live with.

Just Wondering

August 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

Has there ever been a lawsuit involving the mis-use of confidential information obtained from someone using a lap-top in a public place such as a Starbucks or Panera?

Would the establishment have any legal liability? Just wondering.

jj

August 7th, 2011
12:48 pm

Unfortunately, many of us no longer have an office.

Mary

August 7th, 2011
1:41 pm

I go to read a book for 30-45 minutes while enjoying my latte. I, too, thought people took advantage of the power source that Starbucks offered. They will not lose too much money as those cheapo’s didn’t buy but one drink the whole time they were there. Thank you, Starbucks!

Rosie

August 7th, 2011
3:19 pm

Look what happened to Borders. Lots of non-revenue-producing customers.

KakNiqueTree

August 7th, 2011
3:40 pm

Sure you can get coffee and electricity @ work, but you can get WAY BETTER coffee & electricity @ SB. They’re doing the right thing. Think it’s time to get rid of the ‘customer is always right’ garbage. Southwest Airlines has done pretty good for themselves not going by that BS. They actually support their employees.

ncgreybr

August 7th, 2011
4:47 pm

Congrats for Starbucks for having the guts to buck the freeloaders and tell them they are not worth the money they are making the company lose! And they ARE losing the company money! I have walked in for lunch and every table was filled and I have left WITHOUT buying lunch because the freeloaders had their offices spread over the tables.

They just need to throw the breaker that conrols the outlets at the tables every once in a while! PROBLEM SOLVED!

Beej

August 7th, 2011
4:47 pm

2 bad 4 all the crybabies & hooray 4 Starbucks!! The loafers who spend their lives there need 2 get off their butts & move toward a better life. I love Starbucks but some of them are sooooo messy & unappealing I choose not 2 go back!!:-(

Johann Lohrmann

August 7th, 2011
7:52 pm

Panera Bread does limit usage during peak hours. (At least in some Atlanta stores). I’m fine with that. Mind you, I’m not parking there for 4 or 5 hours. This is a business and they are in the business to make money. Internet access is a bonus and not a right.

Jon Coward

August 8th, 2011
12:50 pm

Many Entrepreneurs would be out of business if they didn’t have this resource. It all comes back to Starbucks in terms of loyal customers. Go ahead and cut the juice. Don’t surprised if revenues actually go down a bit. For the person who said whoever uses more than 30 minutes of WI_FI needs an office obviously works for someone who provides an office or has a labor job that doesn’t require one. Offices aren’t cheap. Rent can be the difference between staying open and building versus closing and starving. I am not just speculating… my business was spawned via coffee shops and now we have an office. But we still use Starbucks for many client meetings because I am used to “being there”.

Larry

August 9th, 2011
1:52 pm

I get my Starbucks at the drive-thru. I avoid the people who congregate there and drink my coffee at home. I might sit and have cup when I’m on the road, but that’s it. I don’t care for the atmosphere, so I avoid it. Period.

alan

August 9th, 2011
7:24 pm

Good. Kick the lazy cheap bums out into the street. The amount of electricity they use is far more than the $2 they spend for a small cup of coffee. When I use to work in the restaurant at the JW Marriott at Lenox Mall, we had this bum who would park himself in the restaurant for hours at a time on a regular basis. Cheap rat. Like one person said, they should get rid of the tables. While they at it, they should have wifi available only a hour a day or limit usage to no more than an hour or two daily so those no account, no good, miserly snakes in the grass can man up and pay for their internet service and office space instead of free loading.

Ursula

August 10th, 2011
1:00 pm

I am glad that Starbucks wants to pull the plugs on the people who sit at the tables…i have stopped going to Starbucks because of that. I walk in and people are everywhere…Plus the lines are long….the baristas are slower than hell…

Crime Beat

August 11th, 2011
10:53 pm

dump the cheap slobs getting one cup of coffee and taking up space for hours—to cheap to get a real office.

work it

August 11th, 2011
11:01 pm

It’s too hard to work at the library–too loud and too many bums/homeless around there sleeping,hustling money. That’s why I run my business out of starbucks. I always try to buy a cup of coffee during the day to give them some money for the time I’m using the space, etc.

Drewski

August 19th, 2011
7:16 pm

Anyone ever try connecting to ATT wifi at a starbucks? good luck there too, with bandwidth hogging freeloaders aplenty

A. B.

August 22nd, 2011
7:46 am

I use Starbucks frequently as an office. I tip heavily and if I’m there during meal times, buy a meal. At other times, I buy a large latte. If I spend the day there, I may spend $15+. The folks know me by name and seem happy to see me.

If it’s empty, I may spread out a little, but I put stuff away when the place starts to fill up. I very seldom see the place so full that there’s not a table for someone who wants it.

I get more done at Starbucks than isolated in a quiet home.

Yes, I am an “aging hipster” and, yes, I don’t have a regular office, so I may be a “loser” as more than one writer put it. Sorry. I exist. I decided not to die when I turned 50. That’s a decision everyone faces sooner or later and it will be interesting to see how others handle it when it comes to them.

I see other folks using that same Starbucks as an office, too. They’re friendly and they’re also buying stuff while they’re there. I’ve gotten to know some of them.

If Starbucks covers up the outlets, it’s their right. I won’t go away mad, but I will be disappointed and I won’t be back very often.