morriswalters wrote:Yes we do. We limit size, placement and any number of things. Store signage can be regulated as to size and placement on property. No advertising on interstate highway right of way other than small signs at exits. For pretty much for some of the same things people complain about on the web. Up to including, that too much of it is distracting and ugly.Tyndmyr wrote:but we do not treat the presence of an ad in the real world as something requiring intervention, unless there is something particularly unusual regarding it's content.
Store signage? Regulated? Not generally. Your landlord can restrict you, if you're renting. If it's in the lease. The city generally doesn't care, and if it does, it's in a manner that usually isn't advertising specific(height limits, etc). Inside the building, precisely zero craps are given regarding signage unless it poses a safety hazard or similar.
Interstate highways routinely have billboards. They must merely be set far enough back from the road. Like, lots of billboards. It's hard to miss this. The close small signs, why, you can pay the state money to have your name on those signs. The limitation on other signs isn't some noble "no advertising" thing, it's merely traditional anti-competitive behavior. And, at least obstensibly, for safety.
The small bookstore owner does what he/she does. The situation isn't analogous. But neither do they serialize the books on the wall outside their shops. And who would do that anyway, haven't they heard of GoodReads? And coffee shops defend their turf. Seats are money. And they either limit bandwidth or require a password you get with a purchase. And I'm just peachy with sitting in a parking lot and grabbing signal out of space if they don't.
People totally do it, yes. A lot. My shop is small, it gets several such people a day. It's irritating. Other small businesses in the area sometimes resort to more...hostile statements and policies, and mentioning Amazon in some of them can totally get you kicked out. This is because some customers not only cheerfully shop your store and take your suggestion to Amazon, they will suggest to other shoppers that they do the same. While I don't take the same aggressive stance some do, I can see why some owners are incensed by it.
Is it your opinion that morality only applies where a technological or physical restraint prevents you from taking an action? Do you not think that making a habit of sitting in your car in the parking lot and using their internet would be, if common, detrimental to their business? Why is the onus on the other people to stop your action, and not on you?