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Café owners putting the smackdown on Wi-Fi freeloaders

Bill Snyder | Jan. 26, 2017
What’s a poor café owner to do when the laptop crowd sucks up free Wi-Fi all day and spends almost nothing?

Lots of people in this city work at home and need to get out of their apartments for at least part of the day. The free Wi-Fi is an obvious attraction, but the social setting and strong coffee in San Francisco's many cafés are probably just as important. Coffee house owners tend to be friendly, gregarious types, but in a historically low-margin business that depends on table turnover, cutting back on Wi-Fi is a survival strategy.

It’s just another front in the ongoing war that is San Francisco these days.


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