A café in London is addressing the issue of people camping out and doing their work for hours while only springing for a measly coffee.
It costs £1.80 an hour—$3 an hour in U.S. terms—to hang out in Ziferblat, a Russian café chain that recently opened its first London locale. In fact, the time you spend there is the only thing that costs money.
explains this interesting concept:
Ziferblat means clock face in Russian and German (Zifferblatt). The idea is guests take an alarm clock from the cupboard on arrival and note the time, then keep it with them, before, quite literally, clocking out at the end. There's no minimum time. Guests can also get stuck into the complimentary snacks (biscuits, fruit, vegetables), or prepare their own food in the kitchen; they can help themselves to coffee from the professional machine, or have it made for them.
The reviews so far are positive. Time Out London
writes, “We may only be a week into 2014, but this has to be a contender for best opening of the year.”
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What do you think? Would you still camp out in Starbucks if you knew you were on the clock?