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In Vietnam, clients nap, and even snore, in cafés

In Vietnam, clients nap, and even snore, in cafés

Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 19:25 GMT+7
In Vietnam, clients nap, and even snore, in cafés
The man in a black shirt takes a nap and puts his legs on a windowsill, ignoring other customers at a coffee shop in Vietnam. Photo: Do Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Have you seen people lying on benches and chairs at coffee shops to take a nap?

During a recent trip to my hometown, I had some appointments with my friends at coffee shops. We repeatedly fell into awkward situations as several customers slept in such public places, some even snored.

On the first morning after I returned to my hometown, I was shocked to see a man in a black shirt stretching out on a bench, putting his legs on the windowsill and snoring.

Only one table remained unoccupied but it was next to the guy’s table, so my sister refused to sit there as she found it odd. An employee had to arrange another table for us.

About 15 minutes later, two friends of the guy's came but a girl was shy and did not dare to come closer.

Another male guest drifts into a deep sleep at a coffee shop in Vietnam. Photo: Do Quyen / Tuoi Tre

A male client drifts into a deep sleep at a coffee shop in Vietnam. Photo: Do Quyen / Tuoi Tre

A while later, another female customer appeared and also lied down for a nap. He even occupied part of another bench so that he could stretch his legs out. 

We decided to move to another coffee shop where we saw a young girl using her smartphone while lying on a bench.

We returned to the café the next day and once again saw the girl and her friend lying on a bench and using smartphones.

“Why do they stretch out in the coffee shop in the early morning? It’s so weird!” my friend said annoyingly.

We complained to the coffee shop manager, who said that they were also tired of the behavior but could not do anything.

Some customers unexpectedly fell asleep while using smartphones, causing their belongings to fall onto the ground.

The coffee shop’s employees had to help them pick up their belongings and use the pretext to wake them up. They did not dare to use strong language.

Guests’ civilized behaviors are needed at coffee shops. Photo: Do Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Guests’ civilized behaviors are needed at coffee shops. Photo: Do Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Responding to our question of why the coffee shop did not hang a sign banning customers from sleeping there, the manager said this was a sensitive matter and they did not dare to upset their guests.

In recent years, the concept of coffee-in-bed has surged in popularity. These coffee shops prioritize privacy and tranquility by providing amenities such as curtains, lamps, books, and newspapers on beds to enhance the customer experience.

* This article was originally written in Vietnamese by Do Quyen and translated by Thanh Ha.

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