This just in from FIPS reader Anna (eh, actually it's a month or so old, so multiply all your poopy diaper fantasies by about 1000):
The Tea Lounge has a variety of things that have drawn me in as a writer time and time again: its large seating area, mostly decent coffee, distracting art on the walls, chocolate dipped oreos, etc (just to name a few). However, The Tea Lounge *also* has many, uhm, "features" that have consistently made me leave before I could do anything close to being productive: deranged regulars-namely, i.e. that guy that refuses to wear shoes and tries to bum cigs from me every 20 minutes, spotty internet and rarely working AC. I love to hate it; it hates to love me. I go in; I come out, I come back the next day.
Then finally, I found a reason to dump it for good.
Several days in a row in smelled as though a newborn crawled into the AC vent and shat itself to death. Day after day the smell built up like aged Camembert. I let it slide for a while until I found out where the smell was coming from.
Apparently the Tea Lounge is totally fine with letting moms change their people puppies on their couches. Waiting for the bathroom the other day, a shit riddled pre-person was screaming its lungs out while his mom was fidgeting around his diaper bag with shit all over her hands.
Food is served here. Also, there is a changing fucking table in the bathroom. How many a couch has invisible baby shit smears on it? I'm not coming back to find out.
Ok, so look: we haven't actually gone into the Tea Lounge to investigate this shit with a black light, so def consider it heresay. Also, even if this IS true, if you have any illusions that the Tea Lounge would be the only spot in town where this happens, you are probs high right now.
In conclusion: eww.