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Old 08-07-2011, 07:56 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by pb4uski
Why don't they require some sort of log in (like many hotels do) that limit wi-fi time to an hour or two?
I'm sure this is where it's going, but it's not a good thing for wifi users. I don't even like the starbucks login. To be able to sit down and immediately be online is a wonderful thing.

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Old 08-07-2011, 08:03 AM   #22
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I haven't seen it here yet, but that's been to my surprise. I've seen wi-fi squatters are Panera, Starbucks & my fav local independent coffee shop - but not in numbers that prevent actual customers from finding seats. I use wi-fi at Panera and my fav coffee shop, but only when I buy an actual breakfast or lunch, not during prime time, and then for 45-60 minutes at most. If I was done eating and people were looking for a table, I would definitely leave to make space, wi-fi or not.

It is a Catch-22 though. I chose places based on free wi-fi, so it definitely brings them actual business in my case.

Same with the observation above about people reading magazines at Barnes & Noble with no intention to buy. I've seen college kids sitting down with books and taken extensive notes, not sure if they buy the books but I assume not (why would they be taking notes?). And even worse IMO, people who gather up a pile of books and/or mags, flip through them, and then leave without even putting them back.

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Old 08-07-2011, 10:56 AM   #23
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That means they find those other people's business more valuable than yours.

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