All across New York, Starbucks pops up again and again on police blotters because of purses, bags, laptops and other items stolen after being abandoned by customers picking up their drinks or using the bathroom. "Officers have set up stings in the chain’s stores," says this New York Times story. "A commander even asked one branch to put up a sign warning customers; the manager demurred, saying such a sign required corporate approval." MY TAKE FROM THE CHICAGO AREA: Starbucks customers here are pretty careful, and generally ask another customer to keep an eye on their belongs while they step away from their tables. YOUR EXPERIENCE? || Read "Here comes your latte -- there goes your laptop"