Customers and Agents - Cup in Hand

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA

coffee addict with coffee in handA number of times lately - real estate related and otherwise - I've been taken aback and irritated by the people I see with coffee cups glued to their hands. 

 

We're not in Dunkin' Donuts, or Starbucks, or a restaurant.

 

No, we're at the local antiques mall and the aisles are filled with browsers holding on (barely) to their large cups of joe.  This, despite the No Food or Drink sign on the front door.

 

Or we're at an open house - my open house - and customers and even agents show up with a large to go cup of coffee in hand.

 

What are people thinking?  I'm as hooked on coffee as the next guy but I would never dream of bringing my cup of coffee with me into a store or a stranger's home.

 

What further stymies me is that the norm in the US is to have about a half a dozen cup holders in cars nowadays.  These people have a place to stash their cup - there's no need to bring it along.

 

I asked the guy behind the counter at the antiques shop about the coffee drinkers.  They've apparently given up and have ceded to the mindlessly entitled coffee drinkers. 

 

Me?  I'm not going to give up.  I greet people at the door and ask them to leave the cup outside.  Maybe they'll think twice next time.  Maybe not.

 

Does this happen where you are?  Do you bring your coffee with you wherever you go?  What do you think?

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John Cannata
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Elizabeth - I always have a drink in my hand, however, I do not bring my drinks into people's homes. I do think its rude, but I dont think its rude to bring my coke or coffee into a store with me while I browse. Cant recall taking a drink into a store that has a sign reading 'no outside food' but I cant say for sure.

September 19, 2011 09:58 AM
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Lynn B. Friedman
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Dear Elizabeth -

I guess a small table outside the door with a "LEAVE YOUR DRINKS HERE PLEASE" sign will be the latest technique for STAGING!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

October 21, 2011 05:36 PM
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Karen Anne Stone
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Liz:  I love Susan Emo's comment about them being like toddlers with their sippy cups.  I would have NO problem whatsoever... even if I am just another customer in a store... in saying something to someone carrying one of those large to-go coffee cups.  Spoiled brats, they are.

October 28, 2011 12:55 AM
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Kathryn Acciari
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A pet peeve of mine as well!  I traveled to Italy earlier this year, and was well aware of the lack of beverages in the natives' hands.  (Lack of snacking all day also.)  It is yet one more addiction that Americans have to overcome.

November 08, 2011 07:40 AM
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Karen Anne Stone
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Kathryn... I'm not sure that it is their addiction that is the problem.  They just need to learn some simple manners !

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