Asking someone to watch your computer at Starbucks is a strange exercise. Naturally, after drinking a venti medium roast coffee, nature will call and it is necessary to choose someone suitable to guard your belongings while you take a bathroom break.
Over the last couple of weeks, I have carefully selected guardians based on the following criteria:
- likelihood to steal my stuff
- level of weirdness
Last week I asked an elderly lady to watch my computer and when I came back, I saw that she had fully turned her chair around and was intently staring at it, as if a thief could possibly swoop in and steal it at any moment. I loved this. She had made it her sole duty.
Today I asked a middle-aged man to take on the task and only after saying, "Excuse me" about four times did he grunt his acceptance. When I thanked him upon my return, he ignored me. Not quite the vigilant good Samaritan I had hoped for.
I think next time I will put society to the test and not ask anyone. I'm confident in our collective goodness. Or take my laptop to the bathroom....