5 thoughts on “Starbucks Wifi = 25 Minutes Wasted Time

  1. Mary June 6, 2010 at 11:38 am Reply

    The exact same thing happened to me a few months ago. The good news is: Starbucks uses the info you submitted in those 20 different sign in pages to mail you a gift certificate for a free coffee on your birthday. So,there’s that.

    • seattlekungfoolery June 6, 2010 at 11:42 am Reply

      Well that’s something I guess. I don’t know, part of me just thinks that corporate angles work to collect data – we both gave it to them. Maybe they don’t see any negatives repercussions to the practice so why not get us to give them data. The worst part is that I actually bought a $5 gift card to get my “free wifi”! Arggg….

  2. Fashion Dad June 6, 2010 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Dude, Kwame gave me the scoop on the Starbuck’s trick. All you have to do is buy a $5 Starbuck’s card at keep it with a balance above $.01. Yes, that’s right, above 1 penny. Free wifi for life son!

    You also could have gone to the library man. They have free wifi and are open on Sundays.

    • seattlekungfoolery June 6, 2010 at 10:13 pm Reply

      Yeah… but still, I could have stayed home and gotten free wifi – doesn’t mean it wasn’t annoying. They told me that too and offered to “buy back” my drink with a portion of the $5 card, but it was crowded and that would have made me pretty unpopular with the people standing in line behind me.

    • seattlekungfoolery June 7, 2010 at 1:50 pm Reply

      Plus, “all you have to do is buy a $5 starbucks card…” is the key phrase for me. I’m not saying I shouldn’t have to do something to get something for free, but 1) every other coffee joint in Seattle (local ma & pops, and chains like Tully’s, Caffe Vita, etc..) gives it for free w/ out collecting your data, and 2) I shouldn’t have to buy a starbucks card.

      FYI – they sent me an email this morning, unsolicited! 1 day after I got embroiled in its “free” wifi hell!

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