As a frequent visitor of locations offering public wifi access, I see great value in service being provided. I certainly base my choice of destinations quite often on the availability of internet access. With freedom however comes responsibility however, as these place are businesses who's core business model is not to provide internet access, and definately not for free. It's a great value add, until it starts to restrict their core business. I always enjoy a coffee, lunch, cookie, soda or some sort of item, but I hear stories, and have seen a few people just taking up space, using the free service. This hurts a business when tables are not available for paying customers. I feel it's sort of an unwritten rule that needs to be enforced. Having talked to a few places without wifi, this is their primary concern. Anyways, to get to the point, today while having lunch at Panera Bread, I needed to check in on a couple of issues back at the office and connected to their free wifi (While enjoying be tastey smoked turkey sandwhich and broccoli cheese soup!) and noticed this on their entry screen:
It's too bad that the need to say, but I'm glad they do for those that just don't get it. Please be considerate when using a free wifi service.
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