Saturday, January 12, 2013

Starbucks Parking Situation

Why is the parking situation in all the Starbucks here such a nightmare? Either people are like animals trying to negotiate a spot, inches away from a fender bender, or there are absolutely no spots to be had. The Westport location off exit 18 is awful even with the spots along the adjacent road. Let's not even discuss the Fairfield Post Rd location. Often people are sitting in their parked cars on their phones.

I was listening to the radio the other day and they were talking about not being able to get a seat at Starbucks metro locations because many people take advantage of the WiFi and set up their home offices in there for hours. Others just chatting with friends or knitting. But there comes a point when it's time to say to yourself, my coffee is finished and I should probably let someone else have a seat.

Not getting a seat when you want to meet a friend is frustrating, but at least you get the option to get a drink and leave. In the burbs, you are completely stuck if there is no parking spot. No option but to go somewhere else.

I used to have a regular coffee date with a friend after the gym and we would see the same characters. A woman who was knitting and apparently talking to herself; one male Giants fan reading the paper; a mom and her daughter enjoying a hot cocoa. The problem is I would sometimes go for a second cup later in the day at pick-up from school and the knitter would still be there. I mean I know Starbucks wants people to stay and be comfortable - why else put in leather seats and comfy couches with WiFi and relaxing music. But don't you feel on the inside when it's time to share a seat with someone else? Am I wrong?

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