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whoneedswings Wed 01-Feb-17 11:28:29

I'm currently sat in Waitrose cafe enjoying my free coffee with my 6 month old (I find it useful to feed him here whilst we're out shopping.) It's very busy so I've plonked myself on a chair on the edge of someone's table. Done this many times, just finding a bit awkward today as these people are discussing private financial matters and conducting some sort of meeting. They don't even have any coffee or food (so I'm not rushing them) just feel maybe it's a bit U to be continuing their business in a very small busy cafe. Or is it me?

phoenix1973 Wed 01-Feb-17 11:29:29

Who was there first?

wickerlampshade Wed 01-Feb-17 11:30:11

^ It's very busy so I've plonked myself on a chair on the edge of someone's table.^

really? that's quite rude.

NavyandWhite Wed 01-Feb-17 11:31:55

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user892 Wed 01-Feb-17 11:32:48

It's not rude Wicker - if there are no spare tables where is OP and her baby meant to sit exactly?!

NavyandWhite Wed 01-Feb-17 11:33:08

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TheBogQueen Wed 01-Feb-17 11:33:35

Well it's up
Them. If they want privacy they should dit on a park bench. Like Mi5

user892 Wed 01-Feb-17 11:33:47

YANBU, but they may have finished their drinks.

EvansOvalPies Wed 01-Feb-17 11:35:42

I think it is rude to conduct a business meeting in a café, discussing someone's private financial matters within earshot of other unconnected members of the public. If I found that my Financial Advisor or Bank Manager had been discussing my private financial matters in a public café for all and sundry to hear, I'd be pretty furious.

QueenMortificado Wed 01-Feb-17 11:35:57

I'd like to read it the other way around

"AIBU - went to a coffee meeting with some colleagues at Waitrose. Purchased food and drink, consumed and then we ended up discussing some other matters.
A woman with a large pushchair then pulled up to our table and sat herself down, she hadn't even bought the coffee but was just having a free one! And taking up double the space as she had her buggy too."


EvansOvalPies Wed 01-Feb-17 11:36:16

This is what offices are for. You know, the actual office where they work?

Katy07 Wed 01-Feb-17 11:36:26

I think it's rude. Yes they shouldn't be sat there without food or drinks (i.e. not customers) but even so, sitting at someone else's table is not on. If there isn't a space anywhere else then you don't get to sit down. Or you ask if it's okay to sit there. You don't just plonk yourself down.

LizzieMacQueen Wed 01-Feb-17 11:36:41

Feeding your son? As in messy high chair feeding or BF?

I know it's not what you asked but if you're using the cafe to messily feed your son whilst drinking the free coffee they're proably writing their own AIBU about you!

NavyandWhite Wed 01-Feb-17 11:36:50

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whoneedswings Wed 01-Feb-17 11:38:23

Well it was either I sat here or I returned my coffee and left. So was I rude to stay once I'd got my coffee? I was just wondering what the cut off point was, they obviously must of had coffees which they have now finished and been cleared away, so I'm guessing they've been here quite a while. I just don't feel very relaxed, sitting with people just having a normal conversation doesn't feel as awkward somehow

TheHodgeoftheHedge Wed 01-Feb-17 11:38:32

Sheesh, I didn't realise we all needed to police our conversations and reasons for being in a cafe now just in case they aren't interesting enough for someone else listening in on them.

NavyandWhite Wed 01-Feb-17 11:38:57

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TheHodgeoftheHedge Wed 01-Feb-17 11:39:31

It was awkward for you after you joined them? Seriously?

NavyandWhite Wed 01-Feb-17 11:39:46

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TheBogQueen Wed 01-Feb-17 11:40:11

How is it rude? hmm

They've vhosen to
Have a meeting in a cafe. Perhaps they are discussing their own financial matters and don't care who hears. Why is that rude?
Lots of people work from home, flexibly, and meet other home workers in cafes. Get used to it - more and more of us will be working like this in the future.

whoneedswings Wed 01-Feb-17 11:41:00

BF, no pushchair, and yes I bought food because you have to to have the free coffee. I did ask their permission before I sat down. So I'm not allowed to enjoy the cafe and use a free seat because they're having a protracted business meeting? Obviously some of you agree with me, some don't. Cest le vie grin

whoneedswings Wed 01-Feb-17 11:42:16

Yeah I'm not sure what I think as it's a public cafe that's why I was asking the question!

NavyandWhite Wed 01-Feb-17 11:42:34

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whoneedswings Wed 01-Feb-17 11:43:32

I guess the point is more that the cafe is busy and they're taking away seats from other customers? But maybe not?

WhoKn0wsWhereTheTimeG0es Wed 01-Feb-17 11:44:27

Did you ask if they minded you sitting there? If someone plonked themselves at my table without asking then I would consider that to be rude.

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