A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from June 26, 2017
“I saw a guy at Starbucks today. No phone, no tablet, no laptop. He just sat there drinking coffee”

Some people—very few these days—go into a coffeehouse like Starbucks and simply drink coffee. Brooklyn-based Wall Street Journal writer Jason Gay‏ made a popular tweet on September 22, 2015:
 
“There’s a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on his phone, not on a laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath.”
   
The jocular line has been printed on many images.
 
     
Wikipedia: Starbucks
Starbucks Corporation is an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain. Starbucks was founded in Seattle, Washington in 1971. As of November 2016, it operates 23,768 locations worldwide, including 13,107 (+170) in the United States, 2,204 (+86) in China, 1,418 (-12) in Canada, 1,160 (+2) in Japan and 872 in South Korea (bumping United Kingdom from 5th place) (Differences reflect growth since Jan 8, 2016).
     
Twitter
Jason Gay‏
@jasongay
There’s a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on his phone, not on a laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath.
7:35 AM - 22 Sep 2015
 
Twitter
Jeff Sonstein‏
@jeffsonstein
[frightening] MT @jasongay: guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on phone, not on laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath
8:08 AM - 22 Sep 2015
 
Twitter
Ali H. Mossarah‏
@AliMossarah
There’s a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table..
Not on his phone
Not on a laptop
Just drinking coffee!!!
Like a psychopath.!
8:26 AM - 22 Sep 2015
     
Twitter
Bryan Kramer‏
@bryankramer
I saw a guy today at Starbucks. He had no smartphone, tablet or laptop. He just sat there drinking his coffee. Like a psychopath. #starbucks
4:16 PM - 19 Dec 2015
 
Google Books
Momentum:
How to Build it, Keep it or Get it Back

By Michael McQueen
Melbourne: John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
2016
Pg. 117:
In a September 2015 tweet, columnist for The Wall Street Journal Jason Gay brilliantly highlighted how normal a constant absorption in technology has become: ‘There’s a guy in this coffee shop sitting at a table, not on his phone, not on a laptop, just drinking coffee, like a psychopath.’
 
19 February 2016, The Mercury (Durban, South Africa), “The Idler,” pg. 6:
Sinister
OVERHEARD in the Street Shelter for the Over-Forties: “There was this guy sitting in this coffee shop at a table, not using his phone, not using a laptop, just sitting there drinking his coffee, like a psychopath.”
   
Reddit—Writing Prompts
[WP] “I saw a guy at Starbucks today. He had no smartphone, tablet, or laptop. He just sat there drinking his coffee. Like a psychopath.“WRITING PROMPT
submitted March 5, 2016 by yazid_ghanem
 
Twittger
Shower Thoughts‏
@TheWeirdWorld
I saw a guy at starbucks today, no phone, no tablet, no laptop. He just sat there drinking his Coffee like a psychopath.
4:31 PM - 14 Jun 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Monday, June 26, 2017 • Permalink


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