DUBLIN -- With Starbucks in the advanced stage of discussion with the Dundrum Town Centre, one has to wonder if the coffee chain will attract and serve the marginalised as effectively as in New York City. Mark Frauenfelder points to a story of "a 20 year old homeless guy named Corey living in NYC who is currently splitting his time between the Starbucks on 40th and Madison and a nearby 24 hour Kinko's. He sits inside of Starbucks all day, every day for the last few weeks with a desktop computer and 15" LCD monitor, Dell laptop without a screen connected to a 15" CRT, all connected to a local open wi-fi network. He plugs into the wall at Starbucks and never even asked for permission. He's probably wearing out his welcome, but they give him leftovers at the end of each night."
Chris DiClerico says, "He spends his time online, not on monster.com, but IMing girls in NY and across the country to hook up with, and maybe go live with. He has no source of income (other than the kindness of strangers) and a single client who's laptop he fixes infrequently for $10 or $20. He sleeps for 2 hours at a time upright in his chair. He showers at a local church. He hauls all of his gear around in a shopping cart."
Chris DiClerico and Stephanie Klein interviewed him and blogged about it.