Published today, check out this letter to the editor of the local paper in Oak Park Illinois, a near western suburb of Chicago. Oak Park sure does have some major problems, now doesn't it?! Perhaps with 6 billion dollars in annual sales, Starbucks could buy some more tables and chairs.
From the Wednesday Journal Viewpoints section:
Starbucks biker pandemic cramps our weekend mornings
If you have visited the Starbucks on Lake Street on a weekend this
summer, you know that word "pandemic" is not an overstatement.
Swarms of bicyclists flood the street, taking over the sidewalk and
road, then move to the chairs outside Starbucks, where they remain
for quite some time.
Nearly every weekend these bikers have taken nearly every one of the
seats outdoors for at least an hour. Other customers who would also
like to enjoy the outdoors and the nice weather before another
Chicago winter descends upon us are forced to take their beverages
elsewhere or to frequent a different establishment entirely.
One is left ponder why we should be forced to go to a different
coffee shop. In truth, the bikers are paying customers who, like
everyone else, wish to take advantage of the area and have every
right to do so. However, it is entirely inconsiderate to take so
many seats from other paying costumers for such a long span of time.
It is not as if it is a small group that takes only two tables. No,
it is a large group that takes every available seat.
Not only is this a nuisance for the residents of Oak Park, but also
for tourists. The other day, as I was headed to Starbucks, I saw
that every seat was taken once again, and heard a group of people
looking dejected at the crowded tables outside the store. A person
at the head of group, told them, "Well, that's all right. There are
a few other coffee shops we can go to around here before we head to
the Frank Lloyd Wright homes."
If any members of this group are reading this article, I ask you to
please be more mindful of your fellow Oak Parkers, the business that
Starbucks is losing, and the tourists that frequent our town.
Perhaps consider meeting at a member's house and having coffee and
breakfast there, or spending less time in the seating area.
Your fellow, caffeine-deprived Oak Parker,