To the editors,
A further response to Emma Rae’s letter to the Gazette of 8/2/2018, seeking Wi-Fi at the Coop. General Coordinator Stephanie Lee has responded that Wi-Fi would be too costly for the Coop. In my opinion, even if cost were no object, Wi-Fi is not a good idea for us. Working members with data plans already spend excessive time staring at their phones when they should be. . .working. Shopping members using phones clog the aisles without regard for their surroundings. Can you imagine what it would be like if there were Wi-Fi?
I, for one, don’t think the Coop should be expected to accommodate members who visit, not to shop, but to do personal and professional business unrelated to the Coop’s functions. Members whose employers expect them on call should have devices with data plans provided by said employers, and all the other miscellaneous tasks requiring Internet service can be done at the library. Because the Coop is a community but isn’t a community center.