The High Desert has numerous coffee shops and cafes with Wi-Fi access. Starbucks, Panera Bread, Bodacious Bundts and It’s a Grind are a few. I have ordered many coffees, sandwiches, and pastries when utilizing these cafes because I needed to use their Wi-Fi. Some would consider me a laptop squatter. However, not all laptop squatters only order a small cup of coffee for an entire day while working on a project via a laptop. Many hours were spent working on the book I published, Phantom Seven. Thanks to the owners of It’s a Grind, later I held a book signing at their coffee shop, sold a few books, and met some wonderful people.
Who are the laptop squatters we’ve been reading about every day on the Internet? Students, laptop owners who may or may not pay for a monthly Wi-Fi service, bloggers, and entrepreneurs to name a few. Mention “laptop squatters” to your friends and coworkers. Notice their response. I mentioned the words to a couple of friends this week and received a quick response. WHOA! They left no doubt in my mind how they felt about it. They are so tired of going to coffee shops with no available seating because of all the laptop squatters or hobos that order one cup of coffee and sit there all day. One friend said they should get Wi-Fi at home, and that makes perfect sense. I have my own Wi-Fi that I carry with me. Sometimes, my Wi-Fi provider doesn’t provide good reception. Those are the days I camp out at a cafe or coffee shop with the assurance that if my Wi-Fi doesn’t get good reception there, at least I’ll be able to use their Wi-Fi. It’s definitely worth it for laptop users to purchase a Wi-Fi service. One of my laptop entrepreneur friends recommends using your own Wi-Fi even at coffee shops for the safety of your laptop’s personal information.
I am interested in knowing your opinion on laptop entrepreneurs who utilize Wi-Fi service at coffee shops and cafes. Should they be required to purchase something every hour that they remain there working on their laptops (like one of my friends suggests)? Share your opinion in the comment section below.