London, with its high density of students and transient workers, is a key battleground in this conflict. But establishments in places including Vermont, Copenhagen and even tech capital San Francisco have imposed similar bans, hoping to make a clear distinction between themselves and the startup-friendly “creative hubs” that loudly tout the speediness of their broadband.
So, do customers get indignant or angry when they’re told the unthinkable? “We’ve had a few people storming out and some negative things posted online,” says Casey. “But it’s generally positive.” Hesketh agrees that people are “super understanding” about their digital blackout. Perhaps this is a new age. Perhaps people truly have had enough of work encroaching on notionally social spaces. Either that or they have found that spot by the window where you can serviceably nick Wi-Fi from the train station.
First appeared on The Guardian.