Coffee Run?

Aug 6, 2009 2:31am

If you’re reading this on your laptop over your morning coffee at a New York City coffee shop, take note: you may no longer be able to, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The paper says that amid the economic downturn, there are fewer places in New York to plug in computers, ending a decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop wielding customers is fading.The paper writes:”In some places, customers just get cold looks, but in a growing number of small coffee shops, firm restrictions on laptop use have been imposed and electric outlets have been locked. The laptop backlash may predate the recession, but the recession clearly has accelerated it.”There is good news: the trend appears to be largely a New York phenomenon, though San Francisco's Coffee Bar does now put out signs when the shop is crowded asking laptop users to share tables and make space for other customers, the paper notes.–Troy McMullen

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