San Francisco bar in a somewhat techie area of the city bans Google Glass
Such a scenario came to light a couple weeks ago when a woman was assaulted and robbed in an incident that stemmed from opposition to her wearing Google Glass at a bar. That area is apparently not all that hip when it comes to tech though, so while one cannot excuse the actions taken, one might understand the sentiment.
The Willows is a bar located in an area referred to as “south of Market,” or SoMa, which is close to all the goings-ons in the tech-centric area of downtown. In other words, it is not a low activity area, certainly not insulated from all the action and intrigue created by something like Glasswear.
Nonetheless, the bar has decided to ban Glass out of patron’s “concern with being recorded while enjoying themselves” and has posted a sign with a picture of Google Glass with the telltale red circle with a big slash through the center. It is a private establishment and it can do what it wants.
However, we suspect that someone with a prescription set of Glass will take issue with the policy (or more likely, they will just take their business elsewhere).The Willows extended this policy to its sister establishment, Sycamore, in the Mission District.
It is a bit odd to see such a backlash against Glass and its users, being tagged as a “tech elite,” in a city that purportedly leads the charge into open minded and progressive ways of doing things. Google Glass, along with most consumer level technology is a part of that progress and it is certainly the fruit of very creative minds.
Of course, it could be argued that Google brought this upon itself with such geeky looking equipment. Perhaps a less geeky appliance is needed.
1. SamDroid (unregistered)
LOL. The future is here people. Do not fear it
7. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 5377; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Why not fear the big g looking over your back and spying on you?
8. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Why would you fear being spied? Are you doing anything wrong\embarrassing in public?
13. SamDroid (unregistered)
I got nothing to hide anyway. And if anybody's spying on me I can't say that they're getting a real thriller
10. lyndon420 (Posts: 2399; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I'd like to walk into this establishment, and start recording everything with my phone in plain view. Get enough people doing this and maybe they will ban cell phones as well. Then...they can put up a little sign that says "Paying customers not allowed ;-)".
2. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
Not news, just don't go there. Some places ban guns, some places ban google glass. As long as the government isn't involved i'm cool with it.
3. cripton805 (Posts: 1127; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Yes, your life is so interesting that I want to record you while you drink your pathetic life away.
11. SerieuxNoir (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)
I can imagine the fat neckbeards wearing Glass and taking pictures of women.
Either way, just knowing someone's "pointing" a camera at me is somehow awkward.
4. WillieFDiaz (Posts: 76; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I happen to know a certain restaurant in Hayes Valley that does not mind you wearing Google Glass. In fact, they have signs that activities inside your activities may be recorded. Good exposure for Google Glass users, good exposure for the restaurant.
5. eharris560 (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
Google will have to remove the camera. Until then these glasses will continue to met with public resistance.
6. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)
I say add TSA scanner to the camera. Let people have the same power they do. I'm sure nobody would use it for anything wrong....
12. Nobodeyx (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)
You mean the camera that burns through the Google Glasses batteries in 45 minutes? (Official time).
Ya, I am sure people are recording hours upon hours of video with THAT device.
Individuals are smart, but people are idiots.