One of my favorite places in the world to write (I work remotely) and enjoy the ambiance of one of America's last remaining large booksellers is at Barnes and Noble. I've never had a problem at any store I've been to around the country, but here I've discovered they prefer loud and belligerent customers over quiet readers not causing any harm.Customers on cell phones screaming as they walk through the store, employees laughing and breaking items behind the coffee counter, men pacing the magazine isle throwing their arms around and cursing to phantoms - all of these are overlooked by management and staff, but heaven forbid if I take a seat upstairs next to one of the only wall outlets in the store. Sitting quietly anywhere in this B&N is apparently the equivalent of summoning satan in public, as I'm also not allowed to prop one foot up on the opposite chair next to me at my table (again, in a corner, away from everyone, sitting peacefully). I recommend to corporate that if you want to keep B&N flourishing into the future and not going the route of Border's, you explain to your employees the danger in harassing quiet, complacent, and peaceful customers over petty details while allowing loud, belligerent customers to do as they please in your stores. I don't visit your store to experience a return to elementary school with a power-hungry teacher smacking my wrists at the slightest movement. Take care of real problems in your store, and let me sit in peace.
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