WiFi Hotspot Causes Gym Evacuation

A fitness gym had to be evacuated after someone with a poorly-chosen WiFi hotspot name decided to get their workout on.

By nowproducerdave on April 17, 2018
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There’s a time and a place for hilarious (or not so funny at all) WiFi hotspot names, and “remote detonator” is probably a poor choice if you’re anywhere than at home. And depending where home is, it’s probably not funny there, either.

A Planet Fitness gym had to be evacuated for a few hours while a bomb search team went through the entire building after a sort of “bomb threat.” Someone, in a lapse of quality judgement, named their WiFi hotspot “Remote Detonator.” Maybe he forgot to turn the hotspot on his phone off, or maybe he thought he was being funny. Or she, who knows, they never found the person. But the point is, yes, it might be a little humorous (though in poor taste) to give your WiFi that name – to go out in public like that..? That’s next-level stupidity. Anyway – the manager of the gym was notified of the poorly-chosen WiFi name, and as a precaution (and per company policy) the building was evacuated and closed from about 6pm to 9pm Sunday night.

What if they did catch the person who named their WiFi “Remote Detonator?” Well, there wouldn’t be any charges, besides angry looks from other crossfitters. The freedom to name your WiFi anything you want is apparently protected under “free speech.” The Police Chief says “Everything is perfectly legal from a police standpoint… There was no crime or threat. No call saying there was a bomb.” Legal, yes. Morally right and totally not a dumb idea at all? Well, no. Here’s the full story on the bad WiFi name. What’s the funniest WiFi name you’ve seen? Do you have a funny name on your WiFi?

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