A little paranoid are we?

Hungry for lunch right about now, if you’re headed to Cafe Phillips on 14th Street, be advised: posted in at least three places is this sign:

“Please Keep All Personal Items In View”

While the hot Mongolian cashiers didn’t comment on the sign and just laughed at my rusty Street Russian pick-up lines, I’m surprised by the command.

Does Cafe Phillips worry it’s a terrorist target? Should we include it on the Homeland Security Watch-List to stop DC from losing its terrorism protection money? Or does it just wanna make life easier for pickpockets annoyed with patrons hiding bags under tables or reduce patron’s forgotten bags after gorging on fresh-sliced meats?

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