NYC Coffee Shops Shutting Down Laptops

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No-More-Free-Wifi-BloggersAwesome – NYC Coffeeshops are kicking out the freeloading Bloggers who hog table space and don’t buy more than one coffee!!! Yay, I know this may affect some well minded users who DON’T abuse the system, but lately I’ve seen some sad “Starbuck campers”…:)

Coffee shops, typically welcoming refuges for lonely bloggers, Web entrepreneurs, and monetarily-challenged job hunters, are turning away laptop users and implementing restrictions on computer time during prime business hours. According to the Wall Street Journal, an increasing number of New York coffee shops are covering their electrical outlets, requiring customers to actually eat something or spend money before they access the Net.

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4 Comments

  1. Coffee shops concerned with customers using their wifi for extended periods should implement a system where access codes are printed on receipts for paying customers… the codes expire after a few hours and if customers want to keep using the wifi, they can make another purchase. Covering up the outlets (I’ve even heard of coffee shops padlocking outlets) is unnecessary, that will just turn people away from visiting. The wifi is another reason for customers to visit instead of driving past the coffee house and going to Panera, etc.

  2. Coffee shops concerned with customers using their wifi for extended periods should implement a system where access codes are printed on receipts for paying customers… the codes expire after a few hours and if customers want to keep using the wifi, they can make another purchase. Covering up the outlets (I’ve even heard of coffee shops padlocking outlets) is unnecessary, that will just turn people away from visiting. The wifi is another reason for customers to visit instead of driving past the coffee house and going to Panera, etc.

  3. I admit that many of us are guilty of reading the latest news or catching up on work at our local coffee shops. Isn’t that why they offer free wifi in the first place.

    We could just as easily drink a cup at home, or the office. Instead we pick up our laptop and purchase an expensive cup of coffee or latte at our favorite coffee shop. We expect it to be busy but we enjoy the ambiance.

    While I understand the reasons the shop owners are giving at the same time I think they might be shooting themselves in the foot. We will have to see where this goes

  4. I admit that many of us are guilty of reading the latest news or catching up on work at our local coffee shops. Isn’t that why they offer free wifi in the first place.

    We could just as easily drink a cup at home, or the office. Instead we pick up our laptop and purchase an expensive cup of coffee or latte at our favorite coffee shop. We expect it to be busy but we enjoy the ambiance.

    While I understand the reasons the shop owners are giving at the same time I think they might be shooting themselves in the foot. We will have to see where this goes

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