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Of Loitering and Lifesaving at Starbucks

Starbucks sez "No Loitering" ... without a tall latte.

A “No Loitering” sign at Starbucks?

Oh, the irony! What are all those comfy couches for anyway, if not an enticement to stay a while?

Although it was amusing, the sign was a bit of a buzz kill. It seemed to water down the chain’s carefully cultivated homey and inviting image. Not that anyone paid attention to it. (Except Yours Truly: I was loitering, waiting for a ride after dropping off my car for service.)

There’s a fine line between lounging and loitering. Obviously you can cross it by not patronizing the place with a purchase. But once you’ve bought your beverage, how else can you cross the line? Continue reading