Saturday, August 08, 2009

Coffee shops chase out wi-fi freeloaders or "parasites"

Coffee shops are starting to “pull the plug” on customers who sit in their offices all day for free wi-fi but don’t buy any food, according to a Wall Street Journal story Aug. 6 by Erica Alini, “No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users; They Sit for Hours and Don't Spend Much; Getting the Bum's Rush in the Big Apple”, link here.

The story was offered Saturday morning on Dell-MSN’s home page for Dell computers.

It’s also a bit unwise to pursue personal transactions on free wi-fi space, although the encryption of the https protocol is supposed to offer some protection.

The going rate for subscription to secure services is still about $40 a month for 5 gig transfer. It’s not as generous as cable yet.

In Ohio, a few months back, a man was prosecuted when seen by police using wi-fi in his car right outside a coffee shop.

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