I am submitting this while on the road across country. Earlier today at lunch…
Weather is being dicey across the country and I must travel so I lugged my laptop in at our lunch stop in a ‘next to the highway’ restaurant so I could check on what was going on or going to be going on in the area I had to go through next.
I have paid for with my mobile and data plan and put the software and dongle on my laptop, it is it’s own wifi. Secured, of course, I have to pay for every bit and byte that goes up and down, but, if I choose I could share the access.
All is good, weather looks good and the ick is behind me, I should finish my last leg without issues. I have paid for my bill and handed the waitress hers. My companion heads for bathroom then to vehicle… And I log off, close up, stow, and as I get up I am met by three younger people with various devices in hand.
“Yes?”, I ask politely.
“Unlock the wifi,” states one with a tablet.
“Young person” #2 pipes up, “You heard him, we need the wifi.”
Blink, blink. “I’m sorry, but I’m on my way. Excuse me.”
The three are between me and the door but there’s lots more seating and I start to move around a few tables to bypass the bodies and leave. They move to surround me.
“Stop hogging the wifi,” #1 says to me.
I stop again. #3 now tells me, “Wifi in public places is always free, turn it back on.”
“I’m sorry but I pay for that access and every bit that moves through it, it is not free and it is not public. I need to leave…now.”
At this moment, the cook and dishwasher come out of the back because the register/hostess person had seen what was occurring and went and got them; and my travel companion came out of the bathroom. Neither of these three are small fellows and they are descending on these other three.
#3 offers, “But, but, she’s not sharing the wifi, in public places wifi is always free!”, he tries. I step away, collect my traveling companion, and on the way out I smile and thank the hostess. I left while the three had a discussion with the restaurant staff. I also made sure I got the bleep out of there and tried not to flash my license plates where those clueless could see.
I’m going to drop a thank you note to the restaurant staff; and I’m not going to stop in that burg on the way home. 0225-14
I have to say this is a first for Ehell but something tells me it won’t be the last time we hear of WIFI gimme pigs who feel entitled to demand that others unlock their security features on their personal WIFI connection so they can “ride” for free on someone else’s phone service.