Woman says she was attacked and robbed outside San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass
The Haight-Ashbury part of the city is among the more liberal minded, but not the most tech-centric. So while Sarah Slocum was at Molotov’s bar last Friday night, wearing Google Glass, the reception from those around her was mixed.
While she was showing a couple friends and a few enthusiastic folks how Glass worked, Slocum said a couple women confronted her, then a guy ripped the Glasswear off her face. Then someone stole her phone and her purse. She later recovered the Glass which had video of the guy swiping them off her face.
A fight broke out when a guy insulted Slocum and then her companion responded with fists of fury. Slocum probably did not do herself any favors at that point when she started recording everyone jeering at the boxing match that had ensued.
The moral of the story is that while Glass is undeniably cool, it is certainly not an accessory to be worn everywhere. While there is no expectation of privacy in public places, that does not mean we should throw tact into the wind.
source: CBS San Francisco
1. papss (unregistered)
Mr Ed anyone?
4. papss (unregistered)
Sorry... lol I'm going to hell for that one.
16. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Your people at MS haven't figured that one out yet, they're still working on the Groucho glasses with the nose and moustache built in to them.
18. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 878; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Is that what you use to read articles and comment in phonearena?
6. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
This is why we can't have nice things. Bunch of animals...
7. darkvadervip (Posts: 365; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
First off let me say this! When out at a bar or certain places you want to unwind and let it all out. Nobody wants somebody with google glass recording them so it can get back to the job or anybody else for that matter. Of course you got idiots saying you can record with cell phones but honestly who goes in bars or pool halls recording drunk folks unless they want a fight. So I see more issues with google glasses and fights in which I feel the glasses should be banned in certain places of entertainment. Google glasses is probably in the best interest worn by police officers or security for incidents of right and wrong.
8. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 158; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)
So you are saying what happened to her was okay? I get what you are saying but then we shouldn't wear smart watches either because they can record video without people knowing it unlike cellphones.
9. elitewolverine (Posts: 4157; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)
Never, but don't get upset when you get an unfavorable reaction. It is never black and white like you tried to portray.
15. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)
You reap what you sow.
She got her desired outcome thanks to her actions.
Remember, when in doubt ask for permission, and that also applies to smart watches.
Think of it this way -- how would you like someone filming you in the changing room, bathroom, etc. simply because they were wearing Google glasses or a smart watch.
10. ePoch270 (Posts: 162; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
Or people could just behave like rational, civilized people and leave each other alone, go about their business and not call anyone names and throw punches and steal other peoples property. But that would require personal responsibility, which is apparently no longer allowed in today's society. It's ALWAYS somebody else's fault.
13. Doakie (Posts: 1759; Member since: 06 May 2009)
Idiots who act like you mentioned never have had personal responsibly, it's not only today's society. But I love that those idiots probably thought they were freedom fighters or something, or that they're attacking a Google Employee and therefore Google. San Francisco is one of the towns that protesters have blocked Google and Apple shuttle buses. Maybe these attackers are stupid hippies fighting against "the man."
11. docj8404 (Posts: 73; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I see a host of similar issues arising as G.G receives a cheaper & more wide spread consumer release. People can truly kiss whatever smidgen of privacy on shared ground they believed they had goodbye when they release that $400-600 G.G. or other companies release similar wearables that offer recording capabilities at the drop of a pen.
On a completely unrelated note: With ALLLLL of that sun in California..............
12. donphone (Posts: 64; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
Drunk people are like monkeys, don't taunt them if you mind having poop flung at you
14. antmiu2 (Posts: 264; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
and they say Kanye is crazy for attacking the paparazzi
17. corporateJP (Posts: 2431; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Tough to say what side of the fence to be on here. The two guys interviewed had some great points. Nobody agrees with the way it went down or that she should have been assulted, but she opened up the barn door and let the cows out going into this place with Glass on.
19. DnB925Art (Posts: 748; Member since: 23 May 2013)
What's funny is that many of these places you go out to now a days in public have a camera recording you. From security cameras in businesses, to public safety cameras, to personal cameras in your home recording outside of the house. You go in a department store, you don't tell the store to stop recording you on their cameras.
The problem is, people don't understand the technology, but once everyone has it, no one will complain. People shoot videos and take pics all the time with their smartphones, but I have yet to hear someone tell someone else to stop recording.
20. linkhatchet (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)
California sucks ass anyways, especially Frisco.
21. Snoobab (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I'd never condone this, but why would anyone go to a bar wearing Google Glass? It seems so anti-social.
23. andynaija (Posts: 707; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
Just because you have glass doesn't mean that you can't interact with people.