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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-10-13 04:59
Subject: [culture] Lake's Law of Power Outlets
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In any public space with a high demand for and limited supply of power outlets, such as an airport gate area, the first seats taken will be those closest to the outlets, and those seats will generally be occupied by people who do not need or care about the outlets.

Corollary: You will be resented as a creeper if you sit down next to them in an otherwise empty gate area and reach around to plug in.

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Dan/Дмитрий: The Sign at the End of the Universe
User: icedrake
Date: 2012-10-13 12:57 (UTC)
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Keyword:The Sign at the End of the Universe
It may help if you don't actually *say* "I'm going to reach around to plug in" to them :)
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User: deakat
Date: 2012-10-13 13:26 (UTC)
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One factor is that those who don't need them would be less likely to notice that the outlet is next to the seat they've chosen.

I'd be inclined to say "Excuse me, will you be using that power outlet? If not, I'd like to squeeze in here to do so. Thanks!" That should reduce the creeper factor.
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mlerules: MLE
User: mlerules
Date: 2012-10-13 16:09 (UTC)
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This happened when I last flew outta ONT. I asked whether I could plug my phone in at the outlet in front of the woman eating her lunch at the computer counter, and she blithely smiled and allowed me the liberty (but I didn't get the sense she thought 'twas creepy of me, even as she also didn't seem to appreciate her spot ;-)
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2012-10-14 01:52 (UTC)
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Wireless electricity would solve this. Just invent it.
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User: threeoutside
Date: 2012-10-14 23:40 (UTC)
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May I posit a corollary? In any foreign room or apartment where there are lots of outlets (this isn't all that common in my experience, which I admit is limited), you will turn out to have only ONE correct outlet adapter for your electronics needs.
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