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Why are electrical outlets covered at Starbucks?

Several customers at Starbucks hoping to do a little work as they sip their latte are finding a new challenge.

Electrical outlets are covered at some Starbucks locations in the Bay Area and appears to be a growing trend.

Outlets have been covered at a Starbucks on 14th Avenue in San Leandro. An employee at the location deferred an NBC Bay Area request for an explanation to its corporate office. Starbucks’ corporate media office on Tuesday said it is looking into why electrical outlets are being covered and would get back to NBC Bay Area with an explanation.

A customer said they were told electrical outlets have been covered because Starbucks does not allow loitering any more at the San Leandro location.

“I’m surprised,” customer Valeria Edwards said. “I don’t know if I’m upset about it. I can always go somewhere else.”

Down the street from the 14th Avenue location, another Starbucks in San Leandro had the same modification, but an outlet on the floor was accessible after an employee offered it to an NBC Bay Area reporter.

SF Gate reports Starbucks has even removed furniture from some locations in San Francisco, presumably to discourage people from hanging out.

“It’s a little shocking because a lot of people do come to Starbucks to do their work, as do I,” Edwards said.

Source: NBC Bay Area

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