One day a week, I get to take a break from parenting and go out on what I call my “Dadcations”. I usually leave the house after breakfast and stay out until after lunch. This is when I go to the bookstore to browse for new stuff and sit down in the bookstore’s café to scribble a thousand words or so.
Since I go there on the same day more or less at the same time, I tend to see the same faces in the bookstore café. One of them is a woman who mildly ticks me off every time I see her. Without fail, she’ll occupy the same table, set up her humongous laptop, and then proceed to use the café’s free WiFi while eating a bag breakfast she clearly bought somewhere else. Everyone in the café has at least a $2 coffee in front of them, but this lady has never, to my knowledge, patronized the café where she’s making use of their space, electricity, and bandwidth. Instead, she carries in a bag from Mickey D’s or Wendy’s, complete with 32-ounce large drink.
Am I somehow unreasonably sensitive about this? It just strikes me as incredibly rude to be taking up resources of a business without actually subsidizing the availability of those resources with the purchase of at least a stinking two-dollar cup of coffee.