Saturday, July 16, 2016
move along, please!
Really? Is that the contract: I sit down in a cafe and there is an unwritten time frame within which I am to enjoy my coffee? If so, isn't there some obligation to say so ... "sorry guys, no sitting here using your iPad or talking politics with a friend or simply people-watching?" If there is a time frame, how long would the customers keep coming?
It's not an easy nut: When I sit down, I agree to pay for what I buy. No one seems to have any problem taking my money. But when I lollygag or simply enjoy the populated to-and-fro, somehow I have become a table hog? If someone doesn't want me sitting at the table, there is an easy solution -- don't make the table available.
I'm back in Europe, I think. No flitty waiters pretending to give you additional service by taking an empty plate away when what they are really doing is pushing you along.
It is a tough nut, but I think the weight comes down on the business owner. Not every emporium needs to be McDonald's while masquerading as some touchy-feely 'cafe.'
Hard up for an interest topic this morning.