Rude to whom? If Barnes & Noble encourages it, or even tolerates it, what business is it of yours. If you don't like the policy, then complain about B&N, not the people who do it. I remember, more or less, when this trend began. It seemed to be a conscious response to Amazon, or at least the fear of Amazon, with maybe a bit of Starbucks envy thrown in. B&N wanted to encourage people to spend time in the bookstore. They feared, perhaps correctly, that if people thought of bookstores a place to walk in get a book and leave they would lose all their sales to Amazon. I guess what is pissing me off about the whole situation is that they want you to treat the place like home but they don't even have the common courtesy toleave girly magazines in the bathroom.