After reading Ms. Klein's letter to Wednesday Journal of 21 September [Starbucks biker pandemic cramps our weekend mornings], I had to do some soul-searching. I looked in the mirror?#34;no angry man there. I meditated. I sought electronic counsel with my fellow bikers.
"Pandemic...," "flooded...," "taking over...," forcefully displacing others to go elsewhere, "taking every available seat," "nuisance," and impacting on the tourist industry. The images of devastation, inconsiderate male chauvinism (even raw barbarism), civil and fiscal irresponsibility shook me deeply.
I pondered, but could not recall any establishment forcing a large group of consistent customers to leave. But ah ... maybe some customers are better than others? No, not in Oak Park!
As the fog created by the initial shock wore off, I reread the letter. The truth was there: "The bikers are paying customers who, like everyone else, wish to take advantage of the area and have every right to do so."
You misjudge us with your hyperbole. We are actually just a bunch of regular guys (and women) who enjoy cycling, each other, and coffee. We are friends and neighbors of families, kids, and even dogs who pass by/into Starbucks. We don't disturb others arriving before us who are sitting, talking, or reading. Over the years we have been gathering there. We have never been accused of ruining business.
Please stop by and meet us; you know where we will be sitting. We would even invite you to join our cycling group. ... Then you could even sit with us!
Or you could just nicely ask us for a chair. I'll give you mine!