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ladonnabubak
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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  2:18:40 PM  Show Profile Send ladonnabubak a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just got back from our weekly SnB at a local Starbucks. What a horrible start to the day! We meet every Sunday from 10-12 and it's usually fairly quiet during that time. After the morning rush, before the lunch rush. There are several tables and one couch w/ a couple soft chairs available, which we never get because they're usually full. Today, there was one guy finishing up his paper - his Grande whatever was already finished - and only two of us at the time so we sat down there. In the meantime, another gal showed up and we sat there quietly chatting. We weren't loud but we weren't whispering either - normal coffee house volume, perhaps even quieter.

Suddenly, the guy jumps up, throws down the paper and says with all the venom he could muster "I'd like you to know the only way I can read is if I do it aloud" as he stomped away! We all sat there stunned! So, Little Miss Smartmouth (me) says "This isn't a library." He says "Ok, fine," sits back down and begins to read out loud. So we ignore this fool making a total a** out of himself and continue chatting about felted entrelac bags (maybe THIS is what set him off - it certainly blows MY mind!). He finally realizes that he's not bothering us at all and stomps out. We were totally flabbergasted!

But it's not over. After Guy #1 stomps out, Guy #2 stomps up and tells us, also in a particularly venomous voice, that we're totally rude for hogging the couch area and that we should stick to a table. Little Miss Smartmouth says "Thanks for sharing. We value your opinion."

Of course this was now the topic of conversation for quite awhile. Guy #1 could have just as easily told us nicely that we were being too loud or bothering him but he chose to be an a-hole. #2 was clearly just irritated that he didn't get there before us. We certainly don't want to alienate anyone there because, for most of us, that's our daily Starbucks.

Is it just us? I talked to a couple other people about it and they too felt that we had just as much right to sit in the comfy chairs as anyone else. We buy the coffee and food, usually more than once. Plus, if we're at a table in the center of the room, we're closer to more people (thus 'disturbing' more people) than over in the couch area.

I want to know what those guys would have done if a family of three had come in and sat down and chatted. Nothin. But chicks with sticks come in and 'hog' the couch? How dare they?! Don't they know that I - a MAN - gets priority over a bunch of hens?! Sorry to sound so bitter, but that's really how it seemed.

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Jenknitter
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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  2:23:22 PM  Show Profile Send Jenknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
what an ass!!

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Kipster
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735 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  2:27:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit Kipster's Homepage Send Kipster a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm glad you spoke up to those two! Chicks with sticks can be a dangerous bunch! LOL!

Mary
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Wonk
Chatty Knitter

United Kingdom
273 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  3:02:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wonk's Homepage Send Wonk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Maybe they've been hitting the caffeine a bit hard. That's ridiculous.

I work at a library, and people there aren't even that rude about asking people to be quiet. I can't understand it.

Wonk
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Larjmarj
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USA
168 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  3:24:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Larjmarj's Homepage Send Larjmarj a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I ditto Jen, maybe his thong was pulled up too far.

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Ditzy Girl
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USA
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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  3:26:26 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Starbucks and Tullys I go to have students studying and I always ask if it would bother them. They always say no so we sit, chat and knit to our hearts content. Although my complaint is the students are taking over both coffee shops. It is getting almost impossibe to find seating of any kind. So we have had to change shops, I still occasionally go in there. The Tullys is my fave and my knitting buddies and I used to go there to knit every Sun for almost 3 yrs. It has lots of windows and good light. Those places are just getting too popular. Thank goodness in my area of town there are at least 15 to 20 coffee houses within walking distance.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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Trout Lily
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172 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  3:29:18 PM  Show Profile Send Trout Lily a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Of course you have as much right to use the couch as anyone else. What bad luck to encounter two such person whom I deem personally unpleasants in one morning.
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purlthis
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USA
2754 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  3:40:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Last I checked, all money was green when at Starbucks, and all seats are for paying customers, soooooooo...Next time I'd just chase them off holding your needles threateningly...What dicks.

Rachel
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lella
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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  3:43:38 PM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with what Jen said.

Maybe these two guys were going off on people all day because their stocks were down. Or, the thong got pulled up too tight.. I like that one, too. [:00]

Lella
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caliknitta
Chatty Knitter

134 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  3:44:15 PM  Show Profile Send caliknitta a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think it is more odd that people think they are entitled to quiet in a public coffee shop. If they need to study or read peacefully, why not try a library, their own house/apartment or sit in their car?

I think the reaction you received was ridiculous and I would have set them straight, too. Just obnoxious people. What difference does it make whether you are knitting, reading or working on your laptop?

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stephcat
Gabber Extraordinaire

510 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  5:12:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit stephcat's Homepage Send stephcat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jeesh. What jerks.

BTW, when I was in school I'd go to the local coffee house b/c I *did* need the ambient noise -- I went bonkers just sitting studying in the way-too-quiet library.

Steph

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mokey
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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  5:31:53 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bet their winning attitudes let them to having very short dates last night!

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justcookie
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288 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  5:35:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit justcookie's Homepage Send justcookie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would have laughed at them. When I was a student I would go to coffee shops or pubs to study because the noise became a "white noise" for me. If it were too quiet, I got distracted by the littlest noises and had a hard time keeping to the task at hand. If he couldn't read the paper over normal conversation he should not have been in the public coffee shop.
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kat0926
Chatty Knitter

USA
340 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  6:05:57 PM  Show Profile Send kat0926 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sounds like you had a run-in with my Father-in-law. LOL

What JERKS!

Kim
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purlthis
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USA
2754 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  6:48:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Wait! Was the guy reading using his pointer finger like a kindergartener?

Rachel
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kadiddly
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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  6:55:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Obviously that time of the month.

People are weird.

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fiberlicious
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Posted - 03/18/2007 :  7:00:51 PM  Show Profile Send fiberlicious a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had a similar experience years ago. The Starbucks was in a book store, and stupidchick was sitting behind us READING THE BOOKS WITHOUT PAYING FOR THEM, glaring at us. She must have complained to the manager, because he came over. I said very loudly, "Apparently she needs to be told that she's not in a library." Manager slunk away. We had purchased both food and beverages, so we were definitely paying customers. Da noive of some people!
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KnittAR
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USA
575 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  7:46:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit KnittAR's Homepage Send KnittAR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Larjmarj

I ditto Jen, maybe his thong was pulled up too far.

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BLN3320
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USA
3808 Posts

Posted - 03/18/2007 :  8:48:07 PM  Show Profile Send BLN3320 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just consider the source. They aren't worth even thinking about. Take care. Beverley [:00]

Bev
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knittingbuzz
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USA
1122 Posts

Posted - 03/19/2007 :  04:52:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit knittingbuzz's Homepage Send knittingbuzz a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Some peoples children.
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Chemcats
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3337 Posts

Posted - 03/19/2007 :  05:17:58 AM  Show Profile Send Chemcats a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What a miserable existance those two must have! LOL And Brava to you for giving them the mouth they deserved. Hungover? Thong..love that! What in the heck makes them think they are so freeking entitled?!

Meribeth
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