Wi-Fi Bye Bye  

, , , , , | Right | December 2, 2019

I worked for a now out-of-business bookstore chain for a number of years. For a couple of years before we closed, we offered free Wi-Fi in the cafe, which would draw in college students and the gamer crowd. On Saturday evenings, we closed at 11:00, with closing announcements given at 10:45, 10:55, and again at close.

One particular Saturday, we had a large group who were still in the cafe, on their laptops, right through all of the announcements, including a rare five-minutes-after announcement. Nothing anyone said to this group did anything to hasten their exit.

That is, until I had a brainstorm.

Having had to reset the wireless router on more than one occasion, I knew exactly where the switch and plug were located. Stepping into this little resource closet, I got on my walkie and told everyone to keep an eye on the cafe. I counted down from five before pulling the plug and shutting off the power to the router.

Stepping out of our back room, I watched the gamers pack up and finally leave, ten minutes after we had officially closed for the night. With all customers gone and the doors locked, I stepped back into the resource closet, plugged the router back in and hit the power button.

Twenty-five minutes later, as the employees left the building, we looked over to find the gamers outside, their laptops open and back on our Wi-Fi signal.

At least they were out of the store for the night and enjoying the fresh air.

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