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Coffee Shop Offers Customers iPads

Coffee Shop Ditches Newspapers For iPads: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

Free newspapers are usually offered in Croatian coffee shops, but one forward-thinking owner has already replaced them. Instead of offering traditional newspapers, The Box coffee shop offers its customers iPads. According to the owner, "Our clients would much rather scroll through an online edition than mess about with all that paper."

Lest one of them "accidentally" walk away from the cafe, they are outfitted with alarms that will go off if they're removed from the area. And this is certainly an eco-friendly solution. But is it a good idea? First, mixing expensive electronics with food and drink isn't the safest. And who knows how many people have touched the thing before you? Although, perhaps it's no different than using an iPad for a menu or a wine list.

What do you think?

Source: Flickr User henribergius

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Akasha Akasha 5 years
I'm thinking that cafes and restaurants that do this should be getting a commission from Apple. How many people are more likely to buy one after using it in a place other than the child inundated tables at the Apple store?
Performita Performita 5 years
What I meant was "that's just in the neighborhood" :D LOL
Performita Performita 5 years
Wonderful old city of Split. If I didn't have my iPad I would go there right now, cause that's just a neighborhood. And the interesting thing you should know is that iPads are not officially available to buy in Croatia. Big fail on the local Apple distributors or Apple it self... I bought mine in USA, and most people buy it in Italy, Germany, UK etc.
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