Is it a unique scene in Singapore whereby people especially students occupying seats and studying in the fast food outlets like McDonald, etc and Starbucks/Coffee Bean cafes, etc for almost the whole day?
Do we see such behaviour in our neighbouring countries, like Malaysia, Thailand or even in North Asia countries like Japan, Hong Kong?
I have been to Starbucks on a few occasions whereby there were not available seats for patron customers because almost all the seats were occupied by students. The Starbucks Manager couldn't do anything about it as he was afraid of antagonise these students. I have seen patron customers holding on to their drinks and snacks and ate them in standing positions.
Sometimes, I wonder why people like to study in such places whereby the are meant for eating. If you want to study, why not go to a library, school or stay at home or even at friend's place, etc. At the same time, restaurant and café managers are afraid to tell the people to move on.
In my observation, for example, if one guy ordered a drink which costs $6.50 but he sat there for 8-10 hours. These 8-10 hours will cost the café a larger lose in revenue as compared to just $6.50. In other words, the café, etc could have earned more by not allowing people to sit there for "too long".