At Starbucks, there are laptop users, and then there are those laptop users.
The ones who spread all their papers out and stay for hours on end, turning a coffee-shop table into their makeshift cubicle. But it looks like work sessions will start to last only as long as computer batteries — the coffee chain is covering up those coveted electric outlets in at least some of their New York City stores.
The socket block was first brought to light on the blog Starbucks Gossip, where a reader observed that outlets were being replaced with blank faceplates.
Called by another commenter on the blog a “passive-aggressive” way to kick out laptop users, such a move reflects a growing trend of coffee shops trying to discourage squatters from hogging seats while spending little. The commenter, who sounds like someone in-the-know, wrote that Starbucks management has approved the power outlet removals only “in extreme cases” because “some people just cannot be reasoned with.”
So rest assured, $1.85 still buys gadget juice and office space in many New York City Starbucks. Oh, and coffee! (via Starbucks Gossip)