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Free at last!

Starbucks has taken up the guise of responsible community membership by making its T-Mobile wireless access free in some Southern California stores through October 31. The reason for the change? No, they didn't realize that the 11th Commandment is "Thou shalt have free wireless" – they want to help out those who've suffered as a result of the recent rash of wildfires. T-Mobile HotSpots are ordinarily a princely fee of $6 a day or $30 a month.

As far as we can tell, there's no list of stores at which free wireless is offered; it could be all stores or it could be limited, so call ahead. We can vouch for Broxton & Weyburn in Westwood. Remember, Starbucks' free wireless is not for downloading movies off Bit Torrent but for reconnecting with friends and family.

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The text of Starbucks' message on the subject follows the jump.