Wi-Fi cafe, a shot of squatting… and what business are you in?

The proliferation of Wi-Fi cafes brings with it a moral dilemma: If you’re one of these people sitting around and working on your laptop in a cafe, how much coffee do you need to buy?

Every cafe owner has wrestled with the flip side of that question: How much do I need to sell to make it worth letting someone take up space in my cafe? (…)

“This is just confirmation that Starbucks and its cousins are all really in the commercial real estate business,” he said. “They’re giving very cheap real estate for a very pricey cup of coffee.” (SF Chronicle)