I’m not sure how I feel about this article I just read. There’s a coffee shop in Brooklyn that charges you to sit there drinking your coffee. You get charged BY THE MINUTE. Hmmm.
“Realizing that letting people buy one coffee while using your electricity for hours isn’t the best way to make money, a new café in Brooklyn has introduced a pay-to-play model. Instead of billing customers for individual coffees, Williamsburg’s Glasshour, which is marketed as an ‘anti-café,’ charges a fixed rate of $6 dollars for the first hour you’re there, plus 10 cents for every minute after until a customer hits four hours.”
You can’t be charged more than $24 regardless of how long you stay, but I can’t say I’d be chomping at the bit to be a patron. I get where they are coming from, I do. I know it’s hard for small businesses to make money sometimes. But I just don’t think it’s a business model I like. I’m not entirely sure how much an internet connection for a coffee shop would run monthly, and I’m not sure if that’s the issue or if it’s the low turnover and seats held captive.
What do you think? Are they being rude charging that way, or brilliant? Do you think it’s a fair price to pay for wi-fi access? Would you head to their shop?