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.