PSA: Don’t Be a Dick When Using Free WIFI

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People can be dicks.

Of course, I’m not talking about you. I’m talking about other people. The ones who don’t care their thoughtless behavior costs other people money. The ones that believe a $4 cup of coffee justifies sponging off free WIFI for six hours.

The ones who don’t care their thoughtless behavior costs other people money. The ones that believe a $4 cup of coffee justifies sponging off free WIFI for six hours.

Those idiots.

So here’s our Public Service Announcement: Don’t Be an Asshat When Using Free WIFI

The Drink/Time Ratio:

A consensus from Mashable concluded that “one drink per 2-3 hours seems to be the sweet spot. And four hours seems to be the tipping point — if the shop is full and you haven’t bought anything in about four hours, you should give up your seat to paying customers”

The “You Should Know Better” Factor

Apparently, some people need to be told that watching porn is frowned upon at your local coffee shop.

I mistakenly thought never watch porn was implied. The fact that someone felt they needed to list it as an “unwritten rule for using Starbucks’ Wi-Fi” means that perverts have tried it.

Ick.

This Is NOT Your Space

Is it okay to take business calls? 

Sure, as long as you’re quiet. Never raise your voice and never share your client’s information. Not cool.

Is it okay to listen to a video or have my computer’s sound on?

No. Never okay. Use headphones.

Is it okay to take up more than one seat?

Sure, take as much room as you like. If you want someone to spit in your coffee.

Is it okay to charge my phone?

A quick charge on your phone is okay (in most situations). Charging your laptop all day makes you a squatter.

Always remember that this is not your space. You are simply using someone else’s space to get your job done. Respect boundaries.

Don’t Be This Guy

In a Perfect World…

We wouldn’t have to say these things in a perfect world. All the asshats would get that they were acting like a bunch of, well, total asshats. But this isn’t a perfect world.

Sometimes we all need to use someone else’s WIFI. Some of us only use others WIFI and haven’t paid for their own internet service since Blackberry’s were innovative. Just don’t be a reason for businesses (especially small local businesses) to stop sharing their WIFI with us.

Just remember that if you need to ask if your behavior is crossing into dickhead territory, it probably is.

 

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