To ask how long it’s acceptable to sit in a Costa or similar to work?

(167 Posts)
Curious2021 Thu 10-Jun-21 20:39:41

Obviously I’d buy a coffee/cake but what’s the kind of acceptable time limit?

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SchrodingersImmigrant Thu 10-Jun-21 20:41:20

As long as you keep buying stuff

bonfireheart Thu 10-Jun-21 20:41:27

Twenty mins to half an hour max.

cupsofcoffee Thu 10-Jun-21 20:42:39

People sit in our local one for hours. As long as you keep buying food or drink I can't imagine they'd care!

I once attended a job interview in our local Costa grin we were there nearly three hours all-in - and I got the job!

KingdomScrolls Thu 10-Jun-21 20:43:26

At the moment, as long as it takes to have a coffee/lunch, their capacity is much reduced your preventing other people using it and reducing the takings for a business that's been largely closed for sit in customers for a year

LemonRoses Thu 10-Jun-21 20:43:40

All day if you are buying things.

KrisAkabusi Thu 10-Jun-21 20:44:00

SchrodingersImmigrant

As long as you keep buying stuff

This. Buy a cup of coffee or a bun every hour or so.

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NannyAndJohn Thu 10-Jun-21 20:44:24

If you're on your own then no more than 15/20 minutes. Your drink would have gone cold by then.

legotruck Thu 10-Jun-21 20:44:53

At the moment, as long as it takes to have a coffee/lunch, their capacity is much reduced your preventing other people using it

I have to agree with this. Now is not the time to be using cafes for workspace.

Stichintime Thu 10-Jun-21 20:46:26

I use Costas for work sometimes. I think buying a drink every 45 mins or hour is acceptable.

CoffeeRunner Thu 10-Jun-21 20:47:14

At the moment where their capacity is reduced & people can't share tables etc it would be a massive piss take to sit there for hours using the WiFi.

As long as it takes to drink your drink is reasonable. 30 mins maybe?

SchrodingersImmigrant Thu 10-Jun-21 20:48:08

Stichintime

I use Costas for work sometimes. I think buying a drink every 45 mins or hour is acceptable.

Yeah. Every 45 min max.
And no "just hot water please"🙈

cupsofcoffee Thu 10-Jun-21 20:49:28

KingdomScrolls

At the moment, as long as it takes to have a coffee/lunch, their capacity is much reduced your preventing other people using it and reducing the takings for a business that's been largely closed for sit in customers for a year


Why does it matter who's using the table as long as they're spending money?

NothingIsWrong Thu 10-Jun-21 20:50:59

And yet we are told that we don't need offices, we can go and work in cafes to get human interaction...

Cameleongirl Thu 10-Jun-21 20:51:20

The independent coffee shop near us has polite signs asking customers not to spend more than 45 minutes at their table. I think that's reasonable given they have limited seating.

andyindurham Thu 10-Jun-21 20:51:46

An indie cafe near me was running what it called Infini-tea - pay £10 up front, stay as long as you like, drink as much tea as you fancy. Started it last summer, anticipating that people WFH might like a change of environment, and also anticipating it would be a successful loss leader and the tea would be a gateway drug for cakes.

I don't drink tea, but when I went there planning to do a bit of work, I'd try to order coffee, sandwich, cake, maybe a cold drink later so I was spending £10+. And I'd use a similar rule of thumb elsewhere, with the obvious proviso that if they are clearly busy to the point of turning people away I'd finish up and move on. And I'd avoid popping in at lunch time, when it's likely to be crowded.

united4ever Thu 10-Jun-21 20:52:38

If it's a big one with an upstairs with loads of free seating then a few hours is doable if you buy a drink on arrival.

Libraries are better if you will be quiet I.e. no calls and have free WiFi.

SchrodingersImmigrant Thu 10-Jun-21 20:54:39

Only thing. Don't do this during lunch time. The dynamic and speed of turning tables is completely different and you would cost them money even wwith buying 2 drinks an hour

Reallyreallyborednow Thu 10-Jun-21 20:54:39

If there are spare tables I sit as long as necessary. Usually an hour or two while one of the dc is at their sports class. Obviously buy a couple of coffees and a snack.

If it’s full and people are queueing/waiting for tables then i stay a normal time and clear out.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 10-Jun-21 20:58:14

If there's a queue or people waiting just don't.

The local Starbucks to my DD's activity is also close to a university. Always packed with students buying a plain coffee and sitting for hours. I would buy something more expensive, sit and wait 30 minutes or less. But I can't. And neither can anyone else.

It's not an office.

ElderMillennial Thu 10-Jun-21 20:59:31

Those saying the time should be limited, what about other people who may be there to socialise rather than work but not spending as much.

If you're at a small table and spending money then surely it's ok?

Ozanj Thu 10-Jun-21 21:00:12

I sat there for 8 hours once to use their wifi. After the first three espressos the manager told me to switch to tea or she was going to kick me out grin

TheSpottedZebra Thu 10-Jun-21 21:02:53

Could you use a cowork space? You can buy day passes often.
Or Brewdog (if they've not been cancelled) do a thing where you can use their space, free coffees etc for a price. I think it's £7 but it's only from 12 -5 iirc.

StealthPolarBear Thu 10-Jun-21 21:03:33

NannyAndJohn

If you're on your own then no more than 15/20 minutes. Your drink would have gone cold by then.

If you drink black coffee it often is made hotter than the sun. I can happily drink it afeter half an hour or so.

StealthPolarBear Thu 10-Jun-21 21:04:08

Especially if they put it in your own thermos cup

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