This happened back on May 24th at the Net Clicks cafe near 35th Avenue and Dunlap.
Authorities say the suspect showed an employee a handgun, then demanded money. The victim complied and placed the cash in a bag.
Police say it was an odd place to hold up and they're looking into all possibilities.
"Maybe he had some inside knowledge about what kind of money they had on hand there.. or what kind of money they produce on hand... or maybe he's a former employee," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Derek Elmore.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, 5' 9", 140 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was clean shaven with a scar on the top of his head, which police say is a good clue to finding out who he is.
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In the early 2000s, my friends and I couldn’t wait till after school to head to the nearest cyber café, to surf the Web. We couldn’t afford to be left out of the “www” wave that had recently hit Nigeria.
Cyber cafés, with large dishes and tall masts, sprung up and blossomed in major Nigerian cities, and, for us, no distance was too far to satisfy our thirst for the ‘new’ world online. These cyber cafés, then the cream of Nigeria’s entrepreneurial world, created affiliated businesses and employment opportunities and met the longings of the average Nigerian youth.
But they also became the springboard for internet scamming with which Nigeria’s reputation became intrinsically linked. Spending several hours in a cyber café was later to be interpreted to mean one was a yahoo-yahoo, the name for Nigeria’s internet fraudsters who lure and defraud unsuspecting victims through spurious tales of love and fortune.
Today, almost a decade after their heyday, most cyber cafés have either closed shop or converted to other business interests. Only a negligible few—now shrunken—have weathered the storm. They lost relevance due to bad management, inefficient internet service providers, unreliable power supply, and, perhaps most important of all, mobile internet.
In most developed countries cyber cafes were a blip in history as most people soon had relatively satisfactory internet connections in the privacy of their homes. In many Nigeria these were much more important as it opened the rest of the world to us in a way that even satellite television was unable to do.
But mobile phones—and eventually mobile internet on feature phones–changed that very quickly killed off most cyber cafés that once dotted many Nigerian cities. According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, as at February 2015, Nigeria had 83 million active phone lines with access to mobile internet on their phones. Remember as recently as 2001 there were only about 400,000 fixed telephone lines in the whole country.
One of the reasons for the rapid uptake as well as personal convenience of mobile internet versus going to a public internet café, was also the relative cost.
Browsing at a cyber café cost an average of 100 naira (then about $1) per hour for snail-pace connections. Sometimes just to check one’s email could take forever to open. Mobile internet changed that with faster connections at rates as low as 33 naira ($0.16) daily.
In the early days of basic feature mobile phones, sim cards used cost as much as 25,000 naira (then about $250). Ironically, the rise of the smartphone and its much better functionality coincided with the impact of network competition here. It really helped bring down the cost of connectivity and sim cards today cost as little as 50 naira (0.25 cents) each.
And when you think about it the phones in your hand offers much more internet, telephony, e-commerce, emailing, cloud storage, and social media—at better convenience our once beloved average cyber café ever offered, due to data and security restrictions.
Although broadband penetration in Nigeria is still low at around 8%, versus a 2018 government target of 30%, and many Nigerians still complain about slow and expensive connections–Nigerians are relatively heavy users of everything from social networks to e-commerce.
The mobile internet and Wi-fi might have made life easier but we have cyber cafés to thank for connecting young people like me to the rest of the world for the first time.
An Internet café in Syria reportedly is at the heart of the Islamic State’s operation to lure recruits through social media, Sky News revealed Thursday.
Footage of the café in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa shows fighters and militants chatting and laughing in the midst of computers.
Those at the café work in shifts according to their nationality, and the time zones of the people they are targeting, Sky News reports.
"ISIS is not stupid, they have educated people who know how to deal with [the] psychology of others, how to deal with the human being,” said Um Asmah, an ISIS defector.
"ISIS have the ability to manipulate the minds of young people. If they can convince foreigners, it is even easier to convince Arabs and Syrians,” she told the station.
As of April, between 16,000 to 17,000 foreigners have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS, The Associated Press reported, citing an independent estimate.
A case now being considered by the state Supreme Court could have major implications for legal gambling offered by the California lottery, card houses, tribal casinos and sweepstakes operations.
And, oh yes, Internet cafes -- the cause of this legal battle, which are popping up again in Bakersfield after shutting down en masse last year.
The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments May 6 in an appeal of two appellate court rulings that made Internet cafes illegal last year.
In March 2014, the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno upheld a Kern County Superior Court judge's decision ordering the cafes to stop operating their games.
In its first ruling, the appeals court found that sweepstakes or Internet cafes that sell Internet time offer "unlawful slot machine"-style gambling.
In its second, the court ruled Internet cafes that sell prepaid telephone cards also offer illegal gambling.
Typically, codes on the telephone cards could be redeemed to play online games. But law enforcement officials had contended cafes sold their customers far more telephone minutes than could ever be reasonably redeemed, and the strategy was merely a screen for illegal gambling.
The state Supreme Court's decision is due within 90 days -- and is expected to be momentous.
"The reason this is going to be such a landmark decision is going to depend on how the court decides to define a gambling device," said Kern County Deputy District Attorney Gregory Pulskamp. "Depending on how the court defines a gambling device, it could have major implications for the California lottery, card houses, tribal casinos as well as legitimate sweepstakes."
In fact, attorneys representing various interests including tribal gaming and the lottery filed a total of six amicus briefs with the state Supreme Court. These are briefs from someone deemed a "friend of the court," offering information pertaining to the case.
The reason for all this, well, interest could be because attorneys for the Internet cafes have questioned a decision in another noteworthy case.
In that case, the court ruled machines that dispense Scratchers tickets for the California Lottery were traditional vending machines, not gambling devices.
DIFFERENCES ON A KEY ISSUE
Attorney John H. Weston of Los Angeles represents appellants Phillip Walker of OZ Internet Cafe and Hub and Kirnpal Grewal of A to Z Cafe.
Weston said the machines in the Scratchers case and the computers used at Internet cafes operated similarly, and like the Scratchers machines, the Internet cafe computers should be considered legal.
"The simplest way to look at it (is) the lottery tickets were pre-printed and inserted in the machines long before any customers got there. The argument is that that's what was being done with our clients' machines," Weston said. "They were all programmed and virtually inserted into the machine long before any patron got there and the patron made a selection and the machine in a virtual way spit out the result."
Pulskamp, who like Weston argued before the state Supreme Court May 6, disagreed.
"What they have now is a very sophisticated network of machines that delivers the entire experience including the element of chance and the element of unpredictability," Pulskamp said. "A lottery ticket, you get your lottery ticket and you walk away. The machine's not involved at all."
The court's ruling should arrive by early August..
Um, this one’s for anyone who questions the fact that women can be hardcore gamers. In Nanchang, China, a 24-year-old pregnant woman sat playing a video game in an internet cafe while waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up. Then she gave birth. THEN SHE WENT BACK TO PLAYING HER GAME.
As reported by Uproxx, the young mother had left home after a fight with her family. No one even knew she was giving birth in the cafe until they heard the newborn crying:
One patron offered the woman warm water to clean herself but she declined. Instead, the 24-year-old woman from Shandong insisted on resuming her online game.
Shocked by this, some patrons wrapped the baby with a piece of cloth and called for an ambulance.
Whoa. That’s pretty hardcore. So, not only did she give birth without making much noise, but she went back to gaming – because sometimes you just really need to finish a raid. After the ambulance came, she eventually did get to a hospital where she was met by her boyfriend and family.
But WHAT GAME COULD SHE POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN PLAYING THAT SHE COULDN’T TEAR HERSELF AWAY FROM?! The world may never know.
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A woman gave birth to her baby daughter at an Internet café - and then carried on playing her online game.
The 24-year-old mother-to-be ran away from home following an argument with her family and was waiting at the cyber-café for her boyfriend.
But, after other users heard the newborn's cries, they rushed in to find she'd given birth on the floor on Monday, The Star reported.
The woman, from Shandong, China, was offered warm water to clean herself but she declined and resumed playing online.
Some shocked customers wrapped the baby with a piece of cloth and called for an ambulance.
Her family members and boyfriend rushed to the hospital after hearing the news.
A pregnant woman ended up giving birth in the restroom of an internet cafe in Nanchang, China, on Monday.
The next step for the woman wasn’t to rush to the hospital or ask for help from other customers — for Xiao Li, 24, it was going back to her computer to surf the internet, as if nothing had happened.
Li left behind a trail of blood as she emerged from the bathroom with her baby in tow. While workers called an ambulance, she headed straight for her chair to play at her computer while her baby’s umbilical cord was still attached, both of them slicked in blood, People’s Daily Online reports. Both the staff and the customers looked on in shock.
Well, at least she had her priorities in order.
It was a cleaner who found Li and her baby in the toilet stall. Li refused help from the cleaner, who later told a local TV station:
“There was a lot of blood. It totally blocked the toilet. She initially just stood there shaking and covered in blood but then she sat down and continued surfing [the internet].”
Li had originally left her home over a family dispute. On her trip back, she intended to find a hotel room to rest in, but was pickpocketed, which is why she ended up at an internet cafe at 4 a.m. Li said,
“I was on the bus on my way home. My money was stolen on the bus and this left me with just 30 yuan ($5) so I couldn’t afford a room at a hotel.”
Fortunately for Li, the hospital comped her medical treatment, and the nurses even gifted her new clothes.
While in the hospital, Li says that her parents and ex-boyfriend, the father of the baby, will soon visit to draw up a gameplan for her and her child.