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Monday question: Coffee sssshhhh!op

Posted by Robin Abrahams  September 23, 2013 01:50 PM

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Today's question is a story from a reader, and a question from me. This anecdote came in from one of Miss Conduct's Facebook followers (you should be one too! I'm fun!):

I met a friend for coffee last week and we left the cafe because of all the dirty stares we were getting from people working on lap tops. Um, go to the library, people! This is not the quiet car!

My question: Dang.

Whoops, "dang" isn't a question. Here are some questions: Has this ever happened to you? Do you think the laptoppers had a right to be annoyed? Do you frequent extremely quiet coffee shops? I'm on the side of my Facebook friend: coffee shops are for kaffeeklatsches. Boston isn't exactly hurting for libraries and other public spaces for those who prefer to work in public. 

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Welcome to Miss Conduct’s blog, a place where the popular Boston Globe Magazine columnist Robin Abrahams and her readers share etiquette tips, unravel social conundrums, and gossip about social behavior in pop culture and the news. Have a question of your own? Ask Robin using this form or by emailing her at missconduct@globe.com.
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Robin Abrahamswrites the weekly "Miss Conduct" column for The Boston Globe Magazine and is the author of Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners. Robin has a PhD in psychology from Boston University and also works as a research associate at Harvard Business School. Her column is informed by her experience as a theater publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and English. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and their socially challenged but charismatic dog, Milo.

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