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Wyoming bookstore bans WiFi, electronics from 'place for books'

By Ben Hooper
Wyoming bookstore bans WiFi, electronics from 'place for books'
The sign at Wind City Books in Casper, Wyo., informs customers that there is no WiFi and asks them to keep computers and phones put away inside the store. Screenshot: KTRK-TV

CASPER, Wyo., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A Wyoming bookstore is aiming to remind customers that its "a place for books" by refusing to offer WiFi and banning use of electronic devices.

A sign posted at the entrance to Wind City Books in Casper informs customers that there is no public WiFi available and calls on them to keep their laptops and cellphones out of sight inside the shop.

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The sign reads:

"Nope, no WiFi.

Welcome to a place for [books] and [coffee]. Please leave your [cellphones] and [laptops] in your bag.

Take a break! Live like it's 1993, emails can wait."

"We want people to be able to come into this store [and] relax, enjoy a book -- you know, find a book for them that's going to work well, either entertain or inform them," store owner Vicki Burger told KTWO-TV.

Burger said she has received overwhelming support for her policy from customers.

Patrons expressed support for the store's electronics ban on the store's Facebook page.

"Thank you for reminding us why we are in a bookstore. No WiFi no problem," one user wrote.

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