14U’s Message Is Clear, If Poorly Punctuated

I was up at 14U Café the other day, and discovered a poetic placard placed on each and every table. I have reproduced it below, sic.

We hope you have found this a lovely place,
With comfy chairs and lots of space.
But when the juice gets warm
and the coffee gets cold,
Another fresh one must be sold.
Since WiFi is free and so is the power,
We now limit you to one fine hour.
If you wish to extend your great time here,
Please order from the Barista
this message should be clear.

I understand the desire to keep people from lingering too long, merely mooching electricity and Internet. It’s a major problem that independent coffee shops face all the time. Still, as one who tends to not linger too long, and make regular purchases, I hate to feel like I’m being pressured.