I work from local coffee shops probably 4 days a week.
Our team is spread out all over the country so it doesn’t make sense to have an office for one person.
I also love the ambient sounds of a coffee shop.
Noises of people, soft music, machines humming – it’s much better than being in an office with the annoying sounds of fluorescent lights and employees asking you questions that they could probably have answered on their own.
Being a digital marketer, I spend probably 12 hours a day sitting down stuck behind my computer.
The sights and sounds of people at a coffee shop help me feel a bit less alone, and the comfortable chairs make sitting that long at least a bit more bearable.
Today, while I was on a call with an important partner, the guy sitting next to me came over and told me that I should hang up and think about everyone else in the coffee shop.
I told him that I appreciated his opinion.
The lady next to him then shouted, “Hang up the d*&% phone! I don’t wanna hear your sh&# about Facebook.”
The call, which lasted only 10 minutes was already over anyway, so I apologized to the person on the other line and hung up.
The lady then berated me for another 5 minutes about being “self-entitled” and said that I had sh*tty parents for raising me to think that I was allowed to have a phone call in a coffee shop.
I’ve been sitting here since 9am in the far corner of the shop.
I asked the girl sitting 2 feet from me if it would bother her if I was on the phone and she said “not at all” because she will be on and off all day with meetings as well.
You sat next to me, not the other way around.
I’ve been quietly typing on my computer for the good majority of the day while you loudly discussed the “shameful” events in the newspaper with your friend.
I can hear every word of a conversation that’s taking place all the way at the front of the coffee shop.
The barista just dropped something that was quite loud.
But you’re bothered with me having a polite, sedated business conversation that lasted about 10 minutes?
What’s your opinion on this?