Charging phones in an area meant for laptops only.

United States
February 18, 2012 12:09pm CST
I am at the library working on my laptop. There are areas designated for laptop use only. There are 5 people charging their cell phones taking up space meant for people with laptops or netbooks only. There are days when I get here where this area is full of people charging their cell phones and no one using their laptops because these people come here, sit down and charge their phones where they should not be for at least 5 hours. It is one thing if you have a cell phone and laptop but if you come here just to take up space where you do not belong, charge up and talk on your phone then you should be told to go to another area or have your phone taken away. People who charge their phones when they should do that at home need to be escorted out for the day as many times as it takes to get the message across. Charge your cell phones at home.
5 responses
@ShepherdSpy (8565)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Feb 12
If it's a designated area intended for laptop use,why are there no checks being made by staff that somebody would actually have brought a laptop along with them to use in this area,either on arrival or some time afterwards when it's apparent they don't have one? You can't be the only laptop user wanting to use that facility who's being bugged by others doing this...
• United States
19 Feb 12
There are security guards. They don't say anything. There was one security guard who went thru and started to confiscate cell phones that were plugged in. That has not happened since. The only way you should be allowed to charge your cell phone too is if you have a laptop or netbook or device that connects to the internet.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
19 Feb 12
So have you noticed if it's smartphones or just regular cellphones that are being charged by these people?
@winston90 (296)
• Romania
19 Feb 12
Where are you from? I mean what country? Because I thought only in Romania a thing like that can happen, lol. Anyways, some people are so greedy that they come all the way to the library only to charge the phone, so they don't use electricity at home. Am I right? I mean, you don't always carry your telephone charger anywhere with you, do you? It just is not natural. You use cellphones for portability, and this thing happens, suddenly you carry the charger with you.
• United States
19 Feb 12
I live in Chicago. I have a laptop and 2 cell phones. The battery does go down. On one phone, I have to charge it about 3 times a day depending on how much I use it. I know that there are homeless people with cell phones that come to the library. Still there are places you can charge your cell phone without taking away from those who have laptops taking up space meant for people to use there laptops netbooks or devices that has internet use on it.
@Ernnesto (180)
• Slovak Republic
19 Feb 12
That problem is for library management, it is really disapointed when you do not have any plug for your laptop and there are people charging their call phones. Something wrong is there. Try to complain to somebody who is employee of that libraty. I would do the same.
• United States
19 Feb 12
The security guards would say, if you don't like it, you can move. That is wrong. There needs to be a sign that says for those with laptops only. People will not listen to that.
@yanzalong (5084)
• Indonesia
19 Feb 12
One easy things to do when this happens again in the future is that you bring a socket outlet extender with which several people can use it to plug their electric devices. What do you think. When I travel I always bring this socket outlet extender just in case there is only one socket outlet in the hotel room.
• United States
19 Feb 12
That is a very good idea! That is something that can be done.
@shooie (4990)
• United States
18 Feb 12
I agree. If it is an area designated for laptop only but now days there is the smartphones and people can go online withn those as well. They are like mini laptops. But yes I see what you are saying. I know if I went in with my laptop and the area was taken up with people charging their phones I would go to the main desk and have something done about it. But if no laptops or notebook users around shouldn't be an issue if people want to sit and charge
• United States
19 Feb 12
These were not smart phones. These same people also sat there talking on their cell phones. Another thing your not supposed to do, except in designated areas.