China Starbucks Dealing with Non-Paying Seat Warmers, Too
While Starbucks is trying to woo the European and Chinese markets, it seems like one thing is universal: Starbucks is a often a place for people to sit, chat, and linger, all while only buying a cup of tea.
Of course, sometimes people don't buy anything at all; Reuters reports that Starbucks in China are dealing with such lingering customers, where "the tendency for Chinese visitors to linger in cafés and their lower income levels means sales volumes are much smaller than the United States."
So while a lot of Americans may take their frapps, teas, coffees, cappuccinos, etc., to go, Chinese customers just sort of dawdle, some not bothering to buy anything or even bringing in their own food, Reuters says. We wonder how long their bathroom lines are.