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Table Hoggers: Family Mart Or Assignment Mart?

Table Hoggers: Family Mart Or Assignment Mart?

With students occupying tables for hours without making purchases, patrons wonder if convenience stores are turning into unofficial study halls.

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In the pursuit of academic success, young minds in Malaysia have found a haven in the cosy confines of Family Mart’s FamiCafe outlets.

With their air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, these convenience stores offer a respite from the sweltering heat.

They have become a popular destination for students seeking a comfortable and cost-effective study environment.

However, what was meant to be a convenient study spot has now become a contention between students and other patrons.

As the assignment deadlines draw closer for students, students occupy tables for hours, armed with nothing but their laptops and determined to succeed.

The Battle for Table Space Intensifies

While this arrangement may seem ideal for cash-strapped students, it has left regular customers feeling frustrated and neglected.

Many have complained that the students’ prolonged presence without making any purchases has made it difficult for them to find a place to sit and enjoy their meals or snacks.

Disgruntled customers have taken to social media to express their frustration, with one particular incident at FamiCafe garnering attention.

A customer, eager to enjoy a meal at the outlet, was dismayed to find students occupying tables for extended periods without purchasing food or drinks.

When approached by the customer, one student allegedly replied, “Lama lagi bang. Saya tengah siapkan assignment.” (It’ll be a while more, brother. I’m working on my assignment.)

This response only fueled the fire, as the customer felt that the students were inconsiderate and selfish.

The situation escalated when even staff members’ attempts to encourage the students to make a purchase fell on deaf ears.

Exasperated, the customer took to the “Saya Anak Perlis” Facebook group to share their experience, lamenting that the students’ actions had ruined their plans to enjoy a meal at the outlet.

Study Sessions: A Balancing Act

Some netizens sympathized with the customer’s plight, arguing that while they understand the student’s need for a conducive study environment, it should not come at the expense of other paying customers.

Others suggested that students utilize the numerous libraries and dedicated study spaces rather than monopolizing tables at convenience stores.

Interestingly, this phenomenon is not new, as students have long been known to frequent establishments like McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Zus Coffee for their study sessions.

However, in recent times, many students have allegedly avoided these outlets due to various boycott movements, leading them to seek alternative spaces like FamiCafe.

As the debate rages on, it remains to be seen how FamiCafe and other convenience store chains will address this growing concern.

Will they implement policies that fairly balance students’ needs and regular customers’ satisfaction? Only time will tell.

In the meantime, students are urged to be more considerate of others when using public spaces for their study sessions.

By making a small purchase or limiting their time during peak hours, they can help maintain a harmonious environment for all patrons of these convenience stores.

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