Manhattan. I'm going to have a "meeting" with someone at a local diner. I notice that it's empty between meals and others seem to be conducting business there or just sitting around for long periods of time. I think we'll just order coffee to rent the table. if the place is really empty (i.e., the server doesn't need the table), what's the protocol? I thought maybe put out a $5 bill on the table for the server to see, for one hour of sitting during which time the server does nothing? More $$ for a longer sit? (We might be there two hours.) Thanks.