STARBUCKS

Confessions of a Starbucks squatter

Starbucks began offering Wi-Fi to customers in 2002. Back then, there was a charge for the connection, but it provided for a comfy place to work, peruse the Internet or even shop. In 2008, they upgraded guests to two hours of “free” wireless access with each purchase and charged for additional time. In 2010, the connection became unlimited.

That’s when the squatters started to show up.

These are folks who take advantage of that “free” Wi-Fi. Some buy nothing. Some buy very little.

The problem? They stick around for quite a while, occupying a table while others have to stand around, waiting for them to finally leave.

I admit it: I’m a Starbucks squatter.
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