Starbucks Observings

A while ago, I had the chance to sit and people watch in a Starbucks for about an hour. Felt like I should have been taking notes or planning an essay. Instead, I thought, “Hey, I’ll write a blog about this!” The following observations are what came to me…

– People standing in line to order their drinks, the line not as long as I had expected to see at such a location, possibly a result of the new Starbucks app, which allows people to pre-order and pre-pay before arriving to pick up their beverages

– Baristas chatting with one another… two women, one of them often began singing or humming out loud to entertain herself

– People sitting at tables, mostly discussing business… wearing suits, looking professional, talking quietly… this particular Starbucks appeared to be home to mainly business people. Possibly because this was during work hours, well for those who are employed, that is.

– The woman sitting alone browsing Facebook and Gmail on her laptop… what I would have looked like if I had had my laptop with me

Another interesting point… I find that there is a certain list of unwritten rules for coffee shop – or, in other words, the expected etiquette. Same goes for buses, shopping malls, movie theaters, etc. With coffee shops in particular, I find that people are expected to sit and or stand in line quietly minding their own business.. even looking at others for too long makes everyone uncomfortable. People waiting in line must be alert at all times, because if they delay their turn to order by even a second, this is a major faux pas. People have places to be and things to do, and do not like waiting for any longer than necessary. Once someone has ordered, they must move out of the way as quickly as possible. It’s go, go, go all the time! People never stop to smell the coffee, if you will.

Anyways, before I go on for too long with this monologue, I should wrap it up. My point is that I find people and their behavior to be fascinating. I should have taken psychology… or comedian classes…

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