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Federal Agent removes Google Glass off a movie goer's head

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Federal Agent removes Google Glass off a movie goer's head
Imagine you're sitting in the AMC Theater in the Easton Mall in Columbus, Ohio. You enjoying the movie Jack Ryan when an hour into the film, a federal agent is towering above you. Oh, did we mention that you're wearing Google Glass at the time? Without even a howdy do, the agent rips the connected specs off of your face and ejects you from the theater.

Outside the theater, this poor Google Glass Explorer is surrounded by as many as ten cops, and found himself being questioned for 3 hours. It seems that the Federal Agents were afraid that this guy was illegally filming the movie wearing Google Glass. And while you do have to feel sorry for the poor guy, in this day and age when the complete version of the Disney hit Frozen can be found online, you can understand why the agents responded as they did.

But in defense of the Glass wearer, people do bring their smartphones into a movie all of the time, and last we checked, you can record videos using that device as well. The version of Glass that the man was wearing was the prescription glass type which means that he needed to wear them to see the movie clearly. And most importantly, to make sure that there were no problems, the man had his connected specs turned off in advance. Just to make sure that there were no hard feelings, the Movie Association handed the man two free tickets to an upcoming film.

Afterward, some information came out that hinted that some pirating had been going on in the past in that particular theater, and with Jack Ryan considered to be a film at risk to be illegally duplicated, there were undercover agents present at that particular screening. Right away they came to the faulty conclusion that the guy wearing Glass has to be illegally filming the movie.

As the device becomes more mainstream, you can expect to hear more stories like this one. Law enforcement in America has a habit of lashing out at things that they don't understand, like Google Glass.

source: Phandroid

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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 23:53 3

1. byazatt (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


That's sad, early adaptor's woes.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:07 3

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5866; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Well, there was some cause for concern. As Alan posted: "Law enforcement in America has a habit of lashing out at things that they don't understand..." Law enforcement also has a rule that they have followed more than once (and I am paraphrasing) - let the judge sort things out.

Google Explorer could have gotten a free ride to County and an a.m. meeting with a judge to decide what to do. The fact that the Explorer could conclusively demonstrate Google Glass had been turned off and the Glass was a prescription edition were probably what kept him from getting the free ride to County.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:40 4

6. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Law enforcements need a reasonable basis for their actions, and you hear the phrase "probable cause" used often. This is America, and it's citizens do have some rights.

I would say what the law enforcements did was reasonable given the high amount of piracy of films. I am not saying the guy wearing google glasses was doing anything illegal, but you have to exercise good judgement.

I wear glasses and if I also owned a pair of Google glasses, I would have used my regular glasses instead when watching the film in PUBLIC. It's common sense and good behavior like TURNING OFF your phone in the theater.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:11 3

31. Finalflash (Posts: 1802; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Wow no, there is no excuse for that crap. It isn't the same as turning your phone of because he wasn't ruining anyone else's experience. There is no reason to treat him like a criminal without any evidence. To pull it off his face and drag him outside without any evidence whatsoever of wrong doing is a criminal offense. They might as well arrest everyone with hands because the cops think they are likely to be punching someone with them. Also, to call in more than one cop for such a minor incident also shows their intent to intimidate, unless they were expecting serious resistance from someone committing the crime of wearing glasses.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:44

32. elitewolverine (Posts: 1726; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Finalflash, because the screen of google glass is 'hidden' in a sense they have no clue whether it is on or off, not to mention, it is the same as turning off your cell phone.

The whole reason for google glass is to 'record', so low and behold you get what you 'derp'.

Wear normal glasses, dont use a cell phone. IMO that is.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:52 1

33. kasrkin76 (Posts: 3; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)


Finalflash, the deal with detaining and confirming a crime is being committed is one of the basic tenants of law enforcement. Terry v Ohio ..... Also you have to be rational that it is way easier to know if a person is filming with a cell phone versus "Glass". Seeing that he was let go and given free tickets means he gets a movie and a funny story. Also there is always more to the story... I bet there is more here. my experience... everyone holds something back to make them look better.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:49 1

42. Finalflash (Posts: 1802; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It isn't what they did but how they did it. Anyone with a smartphone is then suspect because they can easily do it. I am going with what the article stated here and it doesn't seem like he was asked nicely to leave the movie and explain what the glasses were for/doing. Allowing this sort of behavior is what has brought law enforcement agents to their current ridiculous behavior like that recent incident where they beat up an 80 year old asian man for jay walking.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:59 2

39. Techsword (Posts: 31; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


How come no one is pointing out that a team of tax payer funded Federal Agents were assigned for this task in the first place.

Did I miss the news line where all other crimes have been solved and the real criminals have been put to justice?

Just call it them what they are, they are not Federal Agents, they are Corporate Mercenaries.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:13 1

40. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The real crime is downloading a cam version of a movie. It's all about the screeners lol.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:04 3

2. xtremesv (Posts: 235; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


That's what you get when you let Big Brother govern.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:10 4

4. Killertech2099 (Posts: 141; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Dang that's harsh, well for one if your wearing them everybody automatically thinks your recording something, till cops get use to it then there will always be problems like this. For peace sake the guy can't see without them, but at least he got tickets still i would be pissed if i was ejected from the theater while the movie is playing. You really need 3 hours to investigate? Pirating? Who gives a crap

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:50 3

7. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Dude, the next time you go to watch a film in public, please take the time to read your contract when you bought the ticket. The terms should be posted somewhere.

I just looked up Regal Cinema rules and it CLEARLY stated "no recording devices ... are permitted."

The guy wearing google glasses was an effen moron for NOT following the rules. That is why the law enforcement was called up for his stupid actions.

Now, if you DO NOT like these Regal Cinema rules, then don't go patronizing their cinemas. This is NOT a hard concept to understand.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:08 8

9. Augustine (Posts: 738; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Surely, you leave your cellphone in your car when going to a theater. You don't? Ah, such a hypocrite!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:50

12. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I don't watch movies in theaters. I prefer to rent the DVDs on Redbox.

Do what is your next point?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:59 1

36. Augustine (Posts: 738; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Answer this question and we'll all know who the donkey is: have you always been to a theater with your smartphone on you?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:08

15. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


I just wanted to add, if I HAD to see an overpriced movie with a bunch of strangers WHO CAN'T shut off their damn phones during the movie, I would bring my backup cellphone with me.

Btw, my backup cellphone is a 4-year-old flip phone.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:29

22. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


dude, ur a hypocrite.... u dont even go to budget dollar theaters? or matinee showings early?? thats how i KNOW ur a bs-ing Liar. There are sooooo many legal ways other than depending on a shieitty RedBox for ur movie viewing. but since ur a member ON HERE, i bet u download kuz who doesnt thats competant to know how in the first place? thats how i Know ur a Liar.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 08:23 2

28. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 98; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


The guy was an effen moron??? Get real ardent. Almost 100% of people in every movie in the US have a recording device in their pocket. He's not a moron for thinking what he was doing was harmless. Give the guy a break and join the real world. Way to blame the victim of some slightly overboard state shows of force.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:19 1

41. Killertech2099 (Posts: 141; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Their prescription and people use their mobile phones all the time!!! no he isn't stupid cause without them he couldn't see anything. Be honest who really takes the time to look at their ticket? What a rude remark

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:16 1

5. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 27; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


that's rude they should have just checked the guy first if it was turned off, not concluding that he was pirating the movie

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:58 1

13. Augustine (Posts: 738; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Tackle and kick first and then ask questions later, after throwing in a trumped up charge of resisting arrest for a non-crime.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 00:54 4

8. Augustine (Posts: 738; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


No, for the life of me, I cannot understand the police actions. This would be a case for the meter maid to investigate, but, apparently, all life and property crimes have been eliminated in this country, so the police now send a SWAT team to break into a theater at the suspicion of someone NOT subtracting anything from anyone. May this Forth Reich that we live in last as long as the third one.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:02 3

14. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Here's an anology.

You go the bank and a guy walks in with full camo for duck hunting and is carrying a duffle bag. And sticking out of his duffle bag are the twin barrels of a shotgun.

A few minutes later, the police appear. It turns out the shotgun wasn't loaded, and the guy forgot the shotgun was in the duffle bag as he was in a hurry to make a deposit in the bank.

People don't bring guns into a bank. If you don't like this analogy, try people who absent-mindedly bring guns to the airport.

The purpose of the article was to balance privacy needs against those with devices that can invade that privacy. Clearly, someone has to split the baby.

In summary, people like Augustine should learn NOT to attack people by calling them a hypocrite when such situation DOES NOT exist. Augustine, when MAKE DUMB ASSUMPTION(s), you make an a** out of yourself.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:56 2

21. lonewolf2873 (Posts: 40; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


This was a bad example.
Guns are illegal in banks.
If the hunter walked in carrying concealed and forgot to leave in vehicle, it's better example.
It's ridiculous the way this moviegoer was treated. I agree he should have used better judgement before going to movies.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:15

37. elitewolverine (Posts: 1726; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


So when the theater states at the beginning of the film and on the ticket, no recording devices that is not 'illegal'?

Sure people bypass phones, but there is the warning to turn them off or they will be asked to leave.

Since google glass main main benefit is to 'record' the world around you, vs a phone that has a camera that is there as an additional feature.

It was not ridiculous, by your own admission, the dude wearing a video recording device strapped to his head, is the same guy walking into the bank with a gun slung on his shoulder.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 10:27

38. Augustine (Posts: 738; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


No, theaters cannot enact laws, therefore its saying so does not make anything illegal.

You see, in a republic, power comes from the people through its consent and is allowed to be exercise for the benefit of the people. Unfortunately, in this day and age, public servants think that a republic is when they get to be monarchical and we the people must bow at them, shut up and obey.

But the worst is those among us the people who have a sadistic fetish for law and order and rejoice when skulls are cracked for the pettiest things. It's a reign of terror that would make Javert proud!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:44

23. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


dude?!?! what world do u live in??? when would that even happen?? n if it did, he woulda seen that his shotty was sticking out as u claim WAAAYYY before he would be considered a threat and said "im sorry let me put that back in my truck." but more than likely NO ONE WOULDA SEEN THE DAMN SHOTTY IN THE FIRST PLACE kuz it would actully be in his duffle bag so far. no i dont have faith in people being that smart but dude.... its a FRIGGIN shotgun, a long barreled firearm that u NOTICE as it hits aginst ur body as ur carring it in a bag.

n last i checked @ airports, ppl get away with guns through screening drills all the time, so who knows how many get through in real life. But as to the movies, no one should care that hard if it gets recorded, kuz theyre not getting paid for that, but to clean the aile floors of soda, n snacks. if the theaters stop price gouging on ticket n snack prices, ppl will record less. bottom line. Split THAT baby ardent1 or whoever u are

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 08:28 2

29. AntiFanBoyz (Posts: 98; Member since: 30 Nov 2013)


Terrible analogy. If the guns were prescription guns that he needed to see the deposit slip then the analogy is better. I kid, I kid. But seriously, terrible analogy.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:20 2

10. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Fu*k da police! :p

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:47 1

24. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Yea Fphuck them Pigs!!!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 01:39 1

11. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5577; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Yeah, fu*k da police! :P

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:11 4

16. ardent1 (Posts: 1997; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Just remember, the NEXT TIME someone steals your $600 android handset, and you ask the police for help, just remind yourself of your position of f**k da police.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 02:15

17. andynaija (Posts: 472; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Same thing I was going to say.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:03 1

18. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8665; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I just lol'd.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:53

25. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


funny but that sould Never happen to a user who doesnt leave his Shizzle out in the open @ parties. or leaves his phone for some one to play a song on his phone n then forgets that the song has changed and then WALAAA phone jacked @ party.

never trust anyone to watch something u value. jus pack ur shizzle bak up, take ur shizzle on the toilet, come out n reset up ur stuff.
ppl who Dont do stupid ish dont get jacked. n if it got jacked out u hand, WAKE UP TO UR SURROUNDINGS!!!
if u got beat up, well, wakup i guess but sometimes, u were jus to flashy with ur device in the first place, but u got bigger problems if u live in that type of enviornment.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:57

35. Augustine (Posts: 738; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


How dare someone criticize police brutality and expect that they do their job that we the people expect them to do instead of huffing and puffing because crappy videos of crappy films? Citizens of America, shut up and obey, for the police know what they do, always! Too bad there wasn't a dog in the theater for them to shoot for sport...

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 03:35 2

19. alumoyo (Posts: 212; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


"But in defense of the Glass wearer, people do bring their smartphones into a movie all of the time, and last we checked, you can record videos using that device as well."

Bad comparison! A smartphone is usually sitting in a pocket, handbag or closer to the users lap while texting, NOT POINTED AT THE SCREEN: and I imagine if you did pont it at he screen, you would get much the same reaction.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 06:55

26. reckless562 (Posts: 851; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


u could EASILY point tha bitch at the screen, between ur legs. jus get a hidden record app to turn off the screen n there u go!!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 08:16

27. Topcat488 (Posts: 1162; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Well I guess that's the last time that fellow will try to be "cool" by wearing his Google Glass to the theater... If a person has spent $1.500.00 on a pair of GG, then surely he has a regular normal pair of prescription glasses also. Don't he know by now there is a "War on Thugs". Hehehe 6.9

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:02 1

30. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Google glass should not be allowed in a theatre. There is go way to ensure that somebody is not recording. The argument that yor phone has a camera too, and you can bring that into a movie doesn't hold water either. If you're pointing your cell phone at the screen it's much more obvious, not so with glass. Glass just makes it too easy to pirate a movie.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 09:54 1

34. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


the police did the right thing in this matter... No recording devices all.. the theathers are kind enough to still allowe you to text... but trust in a few years you wont be allowed to bring one.. thanks to idiots like in this article..

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 23:09

44. Stuntman (Posts: 733; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


They should have confiscated everyone's phone that has a camera as well.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:49 2

43. PK1983 (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Govt. needs to be taken out back to the woodshed and whooped real bad.

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