Trouble brewing between laptop users and coffee shop owners

The romantic notion is that the next great novel is being written in a coffee shop. The reality is that coffee shop owners struggle with how to make rent when a customer sets up camp at a table for the better part of the day after purchasing a small cup of coffee. 

Coffee shops in Brooklyn are pushing back, setting up restrictions on Internet usage and, in some extreme cases, blocking the electrical plugs that laptop users need to keep their batteries from running dry in a few hours. And, like everywhere else, the current economy is heightening the tension. According to The Wall Street Journal

A decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading…. The laptop backlash may predate the recession, but the recession clearly has accelerated it.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink