It sounds like Starbucks is starting to see an issue with people camping out all day at their stores and using it as their office. I’m guessing these Laptop warriors are purchasing one drink and staying all day.
I’ve done my time in coffee shops and used it as an office but it’s normally a half-day event and I purchase items along the way. Because I feel if I’m in a retail space, I am required to at least have a purchased item.
I find it interesting that Starbucks and other places don’t have a rule or unwritten rule that says you need to have a coffee to be using their wifi or camping out. I think the idea of taking away power outlets is good from a tactical standpoint, but it is not the long term answer.
I can’t wait to see what other coffee shops do.