Bad Starbucks Decorum…Seriously, Stop It!

My recent fave: Iced coffee, 2% milk and a shot of hazelnut.

As a writer, I enjoy getting out of the house to work and like so many others Starbucks is my go to place. I find the hum of the blender, clattering of drinks being stirred and constant background noise comforting.

Some like to roll their eyes in frustration when someone answers their phone or a child begins to cry and to that I say ‘Go Home’. If you want absolute peace and quiet don’t come to a coffee house and expect a library-esque atmosphere.

As you may have guessed, my tolerance is very high when is comes to these types of settings. A group of giggling teenage girls who say “like” way too much, a couple rehashing last nights fight…bring it on! However, there are some things that I consider to be in bad taste while relaxing in good ole Starby’s and here they are:

1. Letting your phone ring with no intention of answering it

You really can’t take a half of a second to press the ignore button? We have to listen to the theme song for Rocky III for a full minute while you pretend not to hear it. Seriously? Do us all a favor and press the damn button!

2. Having very loud, seemingly private conversations

Conversations are one thing but talking on the phone with your bestie about how you’re currently cheating on your guy is another. It makes those around you feel really awkward despite being in a very public venue. I don’t want to feel like I somehow wandered into your living room and am eavesdropping on your personal life so don’t put me in that position.

3. Being Messy

If you go to put sugar in your coffee and miss completely, how about cleaning it up. Also, when you leave your seat I suggest you take your trash with you. I’ve never been in a Starbucks where the trash receptacle is more than 5 feet away. It’s common courtesy people!

4. Having one seat for you and one for your purse…

Or laptop or umbrella or…you get the point. Starbucks can get pretty packed at times yet I’ve seen people occupy an entire seat with their belongings without a second thought. I do believe your Dooney & Burke knockoff will be OK at your feet.

5. Being rude

If your half-caf, non fat, no foam latte happened to come with a sprinkle of cinnamon of which you did not ask please don’t freak out. I don’t know what makes people think that they can treat servers like second-class citizens but it’s embarrassing. In my experience, if a mistake is made it is quickly corrected. No need to go postal.

6. Nosiness

Don’t lean over to stare at my laptop screen for long periods of time, it’s creepy. We may be in a public place but personal boundaries still exist. You don’t need to see what website is currently tickling my fancy so mosy back on over to your side before I start digging the mace out of my purse.

Let me just say that I absolutely love socializing with strangers and in no way am I an unapproachable tight-ass who spends my day tsk-ing people. However, everything I’ve mentioned above has happened to me on several occasions and I’m guessing I’m not alone.

Published by Ashley Zoerner

I'm originally from New Orleans, LA and grew up in the nearby town of Waveland, MS. I graduated from Georgia State University with a communications degree in 2010. Since then I've traveled the country and world meeting the most interesting people. My dream is to tell people's stories and share my passions with the world.

3 thoughts on “Bad Starbucks Decorum…Seriously, Stop It!

  1. Ashley, I enjoyed meeting you at the Skirt! conference. I’m excited to see what you do with your inspiration. It sounds like you are a Starbucks aficionado. Keep writing well– I’ll keep reading. ~Kim

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