Can you watch my stuff for a second? Or should I bring it with me?
January 7, 2011 5:58 PM Subscribe
What do you do with your stuff when you're working in a coffee shop all day and you have to pee?
posted by obliquicity to Society & Culture (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Okay, so due to a variety of situations beyond my control, I am often trying to put in a full day's work (writing) in a place where I have no place to go -- so I tend to end up in coffee shops a lot. The problem is, I'm also toting a lot of stuff -- up to two days' worth of "life" stuff, plus my laptop, phone, camera, kindle, wallet, and goodness knows what else.
And I don't usually drink coffee, or tea, or anything except water -- but in my effort to "pay rent," I usually buy a cup of tea or coffee every couple of hours or so. So I end up having to pee fairly frequently, and frankly it is a giant PITA to pack up all my stuff and haul it into sometimes-tiny, sometimes-dirty coffee shops. Plus, if it's crowded, I run the risk of losing my seat.
Once, in Oklahoma (where I mostly live), I asked the woman sitting next to me to watch my stuff. I felt (mostly) okay about this (well, actually I was freaking out a little the whole time I was away from my computer) because Oklahomans are lovely and generally honest, and besides she already had a laptop of her own. But I'm not always someplace where I trust strangers (am I paranoid?), and I'm also sometimes the only person in a place apart from the staff and maybe one other person across the room.
So my question is: for those of you who work in coffee shops for long stretches of time, what do you do with your stuff when you have to leave for a couple of minutes?