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NY Starbucks Covering Outlets, Cutting Off Laptop Squatters

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Think that $1.85 coffee entitles you to a Starbucks electrical outlet and free WiFi for the duration of the workday? Wrong: As noted on the blog Starbucks Gossip, the coffee chain's NY Metro leadership team is occasionally approving the covered electrical outlets "in extreme cases...because (and let's be real here) some people just cannot be reasoned with." Said a commenter in the know:

[I]f 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.

Locking up outlets is only in extreme cases, though, because it can be apparently be viewed as "passive-aggressive." So grab your half-melted iced coffee and your MacBook and head out into the sun, you laptop squatter. It's good for you. Free WiFi at Starbucks is only as good as your laptop battery now.

· Should Starbucks cover power outlets? [Starbucks Gossip]
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