deanagam wrote:Perhaps Starbucks should clamp all newspapers in one corner of the premises so as to prevent customers from taking them outside.
I was more or less ahead of you on that one. Three months ago I persuaded them to move the newspapers from inside the front door to the furthest point from it - where the baristas serve the orders. Obviously you cannot clamp them if you expect anyone actually to read them. Why then provide them? But this creep then started brazenly walking in and taking them outside, whereafter they usually disappeared. Lest you think I felt I have a divine right to read a newspaper whilst having a coffee, I frequently went to a tiny in-lobby branch of Asia Books and would buy my own copy of the Bangkok Post there. Two months ago it stopped selling any local newspapers! And there is absolutely nowhere within at least 600 - 800 meters where it is possible to buy any of the Bangkok papers.
Geezer wrote:Isn’t uncivilized behavior in public areas everyone’s business?
Up to a point, I agree. Vandalising and stealing newspapers is hardly a major crime. What got me mad was the way he had treated the staff and some of the other customers over months, most of whom were young and obviously felt very uncomfortable in his presence. Right or wrong, at that point I felt someone had to step in.