Michigan Man Fined for Using Coffee Shop’s Wi-Fi Network

I was sitting there reading my e-mail and he came up and stuck his head inside my window and asked me who I was spying on. – Wi-Fi freeloader

FOX News
May 31, 2007 – TheScroogeReport.com Post

A Michigan man has been fined $400 and given 40 hours of community service for accessing an open wireless Internet connection outside a coffee shop.

Under a little known state law against computer hackers, Sam Peterson II, of Cedar Springs, Mich., faced a felony charge after cops found him on March 27 sitting in front of the Re-Union Street Café in Sparta, Mich., surfing the Web from his brand-new laptop.

Last week, Peterson chose to pay the fine instead as part of a jail-diversion program.

“I think a lot of people should be shocked, because quite honestly, I still don’t understand it myself,” Peterson told FOXNews.com “I do not understand how this is illegal.”

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