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To wish people wouldn't chat in coffee shops

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SybilEngineer Mon 13-Jun-16 09:49:32

Sitting in Costa with a latte choc muffin and my iPad. Can't concentrate because I'm surrounded by people yattering on about the Queen's birthday celebrations, their ailments in too much detail, conducting interviews for dodgy sounding jobs and making loud phone calls.

AIBU to wish they'd STFU and let me enjoy my coffee in peace?

PreciousVagine Mon 13-Jun-16 09:50:46

Yabu. If you want coffee in peace, go home and not somewhere social.

PatMullins Mon 13-Jun-16 09:51:23

How dare they socialise in public.

CrazyDuchess Mon 13-Jun-16 09:51:26

YABU - coffee shop is the last place I'd go for peace and quiet.

Taken the coffee to go and sit in a park

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 13-Jun-16 09:51:59


I don't like people much though.

WeatherwaxOrOgg Mon 13-Jun-16 09:52:32


This is what coffee shops are for!

Go home if you want peace.

flipsahoy Mon 13-Jun-16 09:52:43

It's a cafe, not a library.

JassyRadlett Mon 13-Jun-16 09:53:35

The fuckers, daring to chat to their friends in a place designed for that purpose.

PerspicaciaTick Mon 13-Jun-16 09:53:52

Why did you think a coffee shop was a good place for quiet and concentration?
Perhaps try a soft play centre or the island of a busy roundabout next time you need peace and quiet.

SybilEngineer Mon 13-Jun-16 09:54:17

Thanks, Alis - I knew I would find my people grin

I'd stay home but I can't make coffee as good as Costa/Starbucks.

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 13-Jun-16 09:54:19

I think the op is being lighthearted?

Alisvolatpropiis Mon 13-Jun-16 09:55:57

Ha! I strongly appreciate people being quieter than they seem capable of being Sybil.

It's the sheer volume people seem to find it necessary to speak at. Like it doesn't count unless everyone in the venue can hear your conversation.

MackerelOfFact Mon 13-Jun-16 09:57:19

YANBU. I fucking hate it. But not as much as those selfish fuckers in nightclubs who insist on dancing to loud music, or those reprobates in restaurants who feel it's somehow appropriate to eat smelly food, or those idiots in the cinema who insist on watching films on a huge fucking screen. Pah.

eggsontoast07 Mon 13-Jun-16 09:57:42

It's not so much people talking - you can't avoid that, its often the volume of the talking as in people who are sitting next each other shouting like they are on opposite ends of the cafe that I find annoying. And when the music is super loud too. Regular convos and normal volume music can be addressed with ear plugs smile

MissBattleaxe Mon 13-Jun-16 09:57:57

There'll be another thread in a minute about grumpy table hoggers on their tablets in coffee shops.

I'm assuming you're being lighthearted OP, otherwise, try a library or your house.

Donatellalymanmoss Mon 13-Jun-16 09:58:54

Maybe they should have talking and non-talking areas, just like there used to be smoking and non-smoking. Until cafes get round to this I would suggest listening to music I always have headphones with me and if I don't want too much noise just listen to some chilled classical music.

SaucyJack Mon 13-Jun-16 10:01:02

It's Monday morning.

Any sane person would like to see the general public terminated with extreme prejudice so they can drink their coffee in peace.


TheWeeBabySeamus1 Mon 13-Jun-16 10:01:38

People! Talking in a coffee shop?! Bloody outrageous! wink

YokoUhOh Mon 13-Jun-16 10:02:30

OP totally.

Whatever happened to conducting interviews in an office, with a formidable-looking panel peering over their horn-rimmed specs scribbling furiously as you tell them about your weaknesses ('too much attention to detail sometimes slows me down...').

I sat through an 'interview' in an ice cream parlour not long ago (I wasn't the interviewee). Ruined my banana split blithering on about 'when you get to panel'. How about skip this one, then, and leave me in peace?

PunkrockerGirl Mon 13-Jun-16 10:06:15

I sat through an interview in Macdonalds once. It was weird.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 13-Jun-16 10:06:38

Anyone can make coffee better then Costa, seriously!

SybilEngineer Mon 13-Jun-16 10:07:37

Yes - the volume! If I were telling my coffee shop companion about Uncle Jeff's medical procedure, I would do so in a hushed tone.

And why do the group of friends in the corner assume everyone wants to hear about their upcoming cruise/their granddaughter's 21st etc

And I really want to urge the young woman opposite not to even consider taking the dodgy sales job the young man is pitching to her.

angelos02 Mon 13-Jun-16 10:09:56

I kind of know what you mean OP. I often think people have conversations for the 'benefit' of other people. Most conversations I overhear are tedious as fuck.

SybilEngineer Mon 13-Jun-16 10:10:28

I knew a MN coffee snob would arrive soon - thank you, Dame!

PumpkinPies38 Mon 13-Jun-16 10:19:04


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