Cafes and laptops go well together. There's something about tapping away on a sleek little machine while sipping a drink in the intellectual surroundings of a cafe that appeals to a lot of people. You only have to peek into a Starbucks or a Cosi's or a Think to see that thousands of others feel the same. Which is why many cafes offer free wi-fi in order to bring people in.
Wi-fi in cafes I understand. Wi-fi in some other places... well, it just baffles me.
About six months ago, a burger joint opened up around the corner from me. I've eaten there. It's pretty good. Eating a burger in a burger joint makes sense. What doesn't make sense is the sign in their window that proudly displays the words "FREE WI-FI!" I read this and was instantly baffled. Surfing the web while drinking a double mocha latte? Sure! Surfing while munching on a burger? How does that work? Wouldn't you get grease everywhere?
I've noticed free wi-fi being offered in bars and diners, too. I guess it makes a kind of sense, although I have yet to see many people taking advantage of it. Maybe I should try working in one of those places one day. In the name of research.