Starbucks Etiquette

When a full third of the workers in the U.S. are freelancers there are bound to be issues that pop up regarding using the local coffee shop as an alternative to your home office. Whether you are a regular just there for a quiet latte or the one holding court hogging all of the prime seating, there are some courtesies that will make everyone’s daily caffeine intake a little more digest-able.

The first rule of thumb is that if you are there for a meeting buy something. I always feel guilty meeting someone at a cafe and they don’t order anything. Even if I’m treating. If this happens I try to order a few items that I can snack on later just to justify the last hour that I spent at the much coveted window table.

If you are meeting or just trying to get some work done try to keep your sprawl under control. It’s not cool to use more than one table especially when the cafe is crowded.

If you do find it necessary to use your phone in the coffee shop please make it brief, there’s nothing worse than having to sit next to someone who decides to complete his entire days call list within earshot of your much needed coffee break.

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