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    Crimes of Opportunity

    | Beaverton, OR, USA |

    Me: “What seems to be the problem?”

    Young customer: “My wireless connection isn’t working. Can you take a look at it?”

    Me: “Sure, no problem.”

    (I get his laptop set-up and test the wireless. It picks up the store wireless with no problem.)

    Me: “Well, pal it looks like your laptop is working just fine. It’s possible that it could be your router that’s the problem.”

    Young customer: “I don’t have a router. I was just using a neighbor’s. They left and all the other signals are weak or locked.”

    Me: “Then there is not a lot I can do for you, pal.”

    Young customer: “Can’t you sell me a new wireless card so I can get a better signal?”

    Me: “Yeah, sure, but that’s illegal.¬†It’s considered theft of services to use someone’s connection without their permission.”

    Young customer: “No, it’s not.¬†If they didn’t want people using it, they would lock it.”

    Me: “Yes, yes it is illegal. If I was to steal your car because you left it unlocked, and got caught. I would still go to jail.”

    Young customer: “That’s different.”

    Me: *sigh* “Sure it is. You have a nice day.”

    Young customer: *storms off*