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    Any one had a problem with charging their laptop at Starbucks?

    I have been using starbucks wifi and sometimes need to charge my laptop while im online there, I was told the other day that im NOT allowed to use any of their sockets to charge my laptop, when I asked WHY they just said Im just not allowed to use any of their sockets .If you are online for more than an hour and doing other things on your laptop you obviously need to charge it after a couple of hours.I have written to starbucks to find out what their policy is any why we are not allowed to charge our laptops.Has anyone had similar experiences?

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    ive never had a problem at all

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    i would be surprised if you are actually allowed to do this, anything used in premises like this would have to be checked, dont know what its called, but they have to be checked by a qulified electrician

    Your not really allowed to for liability reasons.
    If your asked not to, then well, you should listen to them. Its not their fault your laptop's battery runs out.

    http://s.wsj.net/public/resources/images/OB-EE791_coffee_D_20090805132748.jpg

    coffeesage.com/arc…ps/

    "The Plug is Being Pulled on Laptop Use in Some Coffee Shops

    Due to the economic downturn, many New York coffee shops are pulling the plug on laptop use by their customers. Some are limiting hours that laptops are allowed to be used, others are locking down the electric plug-ins.

    So what is the problem? With so many people on unemployment, coffee shops are filling up with people who are using too much table time and buying too little product. Some patrons are bringing their own tea bags and asking for “hot water” at the coffee shops. Others are bringing sandwiches from home. All of this adds up to coffee owners struggling to keep their doors open, even if the place is packed with bodies.

    “You don’t want to discourage it, it’s a wonderful tradition,” says Naidre’s owner Janice Pullicino, 53 years old. A former partner in a computer-graphics business, Ms. Pullicino insists she loves technology and hates to limit its use. But when she realized that people with laptops were taking up seats and driving away the more lucrative lunch crowd, she put up the sign. Last fall, she covered up some of the outlets, describing that as a “cost-cutting measure” to save electricity.

    Norm Elrod was “devastated,” he wrote on his blog — called “Jobless and Less” — when he spotted “little plastic covers on the electrical outlets, secured with little padlocks” at Espresso 77. “But I knew why they had done it. I used to be one of the abusers,” Elrod confesses on his blog, “sipping a two-dollar cup of coffee in a to-go cup for hours.” He now tries to spend more while he is using the coffee shop’s internet service.

    Some shops are charging for internet connection to combat this growing problem.

    To read more on this subject, please feel free to visit http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124950421033208823.html"

    you would normally have to get it PAT tested by an electrician before doing this. Most places dont let you do it cause worst case scenario, you laptop has a fault, catches fire and burns someone and then the power trips cause its plugged in and the lights goes out etc and they dont want to be liable.

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    ThePasty;6700308

    you would normally have to get it PAT tested by an electrician before … you would normally have to get it PAT tested by an electrician before doing this. Most places dont let you do it cause worst case scenario, you laptop has a fault, catches fire and burns someone and then the power trips cause its plugged in and the lights goes out etc and they dont want to be liable.



    Carley;6700312

    PAT testing (Portable Appliance Test)



    thank you both, couldnt remember what it was called, and couldnt be bothered to google it :oops:

    you can charge you phone/laptop on a train....

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    stress321;6700890

    you can charge you phone/laptop on a train....



    My phone wouldn't charge on the bus

    Plugging a laptop into a shops electrical socket i wet my pants a little :lol:
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