Starbucks: Now With Less Jolt

Cutting the cord on laptop users.

The somewhat surprising news broke last week that Starbucks will open 800 new stores worldwide within the next fiscal year, and we think we know how they’ll get it done: The chain is saving on electricity by covering up the electrical outlets at its New York City stores. Blogger Starbucks Gossip posts a note from someone at the chain’s regional management who confirms the move is being made to deter those who set up makeshift offices in the coffee shop for hours at a time and use the outlets to power their laptops. As long as they don’t start cracking down on walk-ins using the bathroom. [Starbucks Gossip via Gothamist]