No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users - WSJ.com: "Amid the economic downturn, there are fewer places in New York to plug in computers. As idle workers fill coffee-shop tables -- nursing a single cup, if that, and surfing the Web for hours -- and as shop owners struggle to stay in business, a decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading. In some places, customers just get cold looks, but in a growing number of small coffee shops, firm restrictions on laptop use have been imposed and electric outlets have been locked."
These folks are driving away the paying customers. Some of them even talk to themselves and chuckle strangely at odd intervals. Mom's basement needs Wi-Fi.