Alex Eric Smith probably thought that he had a sweet deal – free wifi from the local coffee shop. The only problem was that he didn’t ever buy anything. In fact, Alex Eric Smith parked his truck outside of Vancouver, Washington’s “Brewed Awakenings” on a regular basis for as many as three months,without ever going in and buying anything.
Brewed Awakenings manager Emily Pranger got fed up with it, and called the police.
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“He doesn’t buy anything. It’s not right for him to come and use it,” complained Pranger. “It’s something that is borderline creepy,” she added.
After having been told by the police to stop coming around and using Brewed Awakenings’ free wifi without buying anything, Smith kept coming around.
So the police cited Smith, charging him with theft of services.
Now, I think that we can all agree that using a shop’s free wifi without buying anything – particularly doing it repeatedly – is rude.
What do you think?
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