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Unread 19 Jun 19, 11:23 AM  
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I have outstayed my welcome a few times in my local coffee place. I go in with a friend we buy drinks and breakfast and natter away for hours. Sometimes Ill get a second drink and sometimes I wont. We have had people ask to join us (if were on a table for 4) and we always say yes.

If I go in alone and sit on the sofa people often join me of if I see a big group struggling to sit together Ill move to a smaller table for them.

So I think Im pretty considerate of others. But I get what you mean about the people on laptops, usually on a table for 4 even if there are tables for 2 available. The staff in my local will go over and ask if tables can be shared though so thats a good thing too.
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Unread 19 Jun 19, 11:35 AM  
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Unread 19 Jun 19, 12:53 PM  
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I was smiling in Costa this morning thinking of this thread because there were 3 blokes having a meeting about their clients with medical insurance (that they obviously sell) and giving their qclients full names out and the area they live in. I am very cautious what I say with regards using names or other info when strangers are around me, but clearly some people don't understand what client confidentiality is.

With regards interviewing people in coffee shops (or any public place), I come from the old fashion times when I only interviewed people in a quiet private office with phones turned off and a clear sign on the door saying Interview in progress - Do not disturb. I am tempted to apply for a job with a rubbsh company that interviews people in coffee shops and secretly film it as I wind them up! I really feel for people who feel they have no choice but to be subjected to this embarrassing and humiliating practice in order to get employment.
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We sat in a coffee shop and listened to somebody being interviewed for a job. Have also listened to a marketing sales pitch and an obvious financial scam being pitched to someone. They didnt fall for it luckily. However coffee shops are not offices and some discussions are intrusive and should be private. It has got ridiculous in my opinion
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If you do manage to get a seat near to a laptop person having an e meeting, I find it entertaining to keep on quietly tuneless whistling. This keeps his mike open so ruins conversations!
Im bad I am, but enjoy my coffee and have some entertainment too
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I find the laptop table hoggers a bit of a pain but dont go to the Costa/Starbucks type coffee shop very often as theres at least a dozen independent/garden centre places within about 10 miles...
However I confess to queueing while others in my party grab a table... seems silly to have 2/4/6 people in the queue... as it happens where we go theres usually not much of a queue and enough tables... plus whats the point of getting a drink only to find you cant sit down with it?
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Unread 20 Jun 19, 05:37 AM  
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Do you not think people visiting solo don't also feel it's silly to get a drink you can't sit down with ?
Surely the other five people with you are guilty of table hogging too ? As I said before you see it at Disney all the time too.
Maybe people are just not bothered about other people with or without a laptop ?


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I find the laptop table hoggers a bit of a pain but dont go to the Costa/Starbucks type coffee shop very often as theres at least a dozen independent/garden centre places within about 10 miles...
However I confess to queueing while others in my party grab a table... seems silly to have 2/4/6 people in the queue... as it happens where we go theres usually not much of a queue and enough tables... plus whats the point of getting a drink only to find you cant sit down with it?

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As Ive said, its extremely rare that we visit busy places, usual places we go have lots of spare tables so its not a problem... and its far easier for 1 person to get a seat than 4 with a buggy...
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