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Irene Forces Laptop Users To Find WiFi Outlets

Originally published on August 30, 2011 4:35 am
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DAVID GREENE, Host:

Craig LeMoult from member station WSHU in Connecticut reports that people in affected areas are heading out of their homes in search of free Wi-Fi.

CRAIG LEMOULT: Lucy Hinkley is perched on a stool at the Las Vitas Lounge, a coffee shop in downtown Fairfield, staring intently at her laptop. She likes it here.

LUCY HINKLEY: But I must say my office chair is better for my back.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

LEMOULT: So what are you watching?

ABBY ANGELOU: "One Tree Hill," one of my favorite shows.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

LEMOULT: More than half the state lost power during the storm. The shop's owner, Andrew Vitas, says they've done about twice the business as a usual weekday.

ANDREW VITAS: And for a little coffee shop, that's huge.

LEMOULT: And in addition to the boost in sales, he says there's another upside.

VITAS: For NPR News, I'm Craig LeMoult in Fairfield, Connecticut. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.