Google Glass wearing customer gets the boot from Seattle restaurant

Google Glass wearing customer gets the boot from Seattle restaurant
Back in March, we told you about a Seattle based bar called The 5 Point Cafe which decided it was going to ban Google Glass. Owner Dave Meinert admitted that his bar is a dive and he wanted to protect his regulars from being photographed without knowing by Glass wearers. Meinert happens to own a restaurant in the city called "Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge".

On the eatery's Facebook page is a stylized "No Google Glass" logo and a story is posted about a patron to the restaurant who was booted for wearing Google Glass. According to the Facebook page, "We recently had to ask a rude customer to leave because of their insistence on wearing and operating Google Glasses inside the restaurant."

While Meinert is a business owner standing up for his customers, it is possible to take clandestine pictures using a smartphone camera, so why not ban smartphones? In addition, the policy at the Lost Lakes is somewhat confusing. Nick Starr, the person who was tossed from the restaurant, repeated his side of the story on his Facebook page. Starr says that despite showing up at the Lost Lakes before wearing the connected specs, this time he was told to remove the Google Glass he was wearing or he would have to leave. When he pressed the night manager for any posted sign that banned the device from the premises, none could be found.

To avoid a problem, Star and his partner, Brian Street, decided to leave the restaurant. On the way out, Street recalled that right on the menu, the Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge practically solicited pictures from patrons, telling them to post any photos taken at the establishment to its Instagram page at #LostLakeCafe. According to Star, "So how is an establishment which is REQUESTING photos be taken, not allow me to bring a device which takes photos and can post to Instagram?". Sounds like a legitimate question to us.

source: LostLakes, NickStarr via PCMag



26. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

i figured this would happen. some people who like google glass just dont understand how creepy it is that someone is walking around with glasses on that film people without their knowledge.

25. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I somehow think that taking a photo of one's friends and voluntarily posting it on the social pages of a restaurant's website is a bit different to recording people without their consent and then publishing the said video on Vine or youtube.

20. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

The best thing to do is vote with your pocketbook and take your business elsewhere enough said

18. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

And if we ask you to leave, for God's sake, don't start yelling about your "rights". Just shut up and get out before you make things worse. there really up themselves

17. palmguy

Posts: 991; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Hmm. His establishment his rules. Plus allow a majority of his customers to freak out over new tech or allow one patron in restaurant to have that tech that evening, I'll boot him out also to protect my money.

16. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

From ATMs to traffic and security cameras you're being recorded almost everywhere anyway so might as well face the fact that your privacy is gone when you leave your house.

13. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

I don't know if the laws vary by state, county, or city, but I thought you had to have a person's permission to record them in any way. Or at least to use that recording or photograph in any form. Business owners can make whatever policies they want for their establishments. But to ask for photos to be taken and posted and then ban a device that does just that is completely backwards.

10. SprintPower

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

Meh, was going to comment but really, who cares? Next!

11. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You did. Your stats are interesting. I have another account since 2010 but with only one post. Just saying.

22. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

We got a Miley Cyrus here. At least post something worthy of debating. Bad, bad troll. Bad!

9. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

This is pretty silly. There should be a recording indicator on the glass and end of story. I mean unless there's a specific LAW that prevents anyone using recording capable gadgets in a restaurant - meaning all mobiles are banned - I'd easily sue any company trying to bully me with their street laws. It's my gadget and I do whatever the hell I want with it, especially if it notifies the surroundings when recording is on. The double standard is of course the restaurant almost certainly having cameras facing the door, the main hall etc... how's that for illegal surveillance? Exactly. Ban the restaurant.

8. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2365; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Hmmm.. I wouldn't wanna sit next to anyone, wearing them shyts(gooogleglassus), he could be a spy

19. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

what u got to hide

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"it is possible to take clandestine pictures using a smartphone camera, so why not ban smartphones?" the dude was creeped out

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

someone clearly needs attention. if the establishment bans something, follow it or walk out

5. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

This will create new interesting privacy right issues

4. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

If someone tries to take your picture on a smartphone, you can punch the rude out of him. But with glasses you cant, because you cant tell. I am very impressed by the immense possibilities of this thing though.

14. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I was always brought up never to hit a person wearing glasses.

21. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 914; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

you can take off the flash and mute the volume. I've taken pictures of people without them knowing more than once. Especially ridiculous people in Walmart.

3. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Double standards? They're contradicting their own policy.

23. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

A group of 50++ Google employees should troll the hell out of the owner and drop by for a business dinner, with every single person wearing Google Glasses. Will the owner then deny their cash? Silly Bob.

2. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Privacy will take up an new level when this comes out. May be cameras should be removed or any other recording stuff in that wearable device. We can live with smartphones, camcorder and other recording devices. Not on those wearable devices. You must be 007 to have those IMO.

1. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Seems as if wearable tech is a weary issue for some. I think its fear of the unknown and the natural psychological reaction. I remember when phones first started to have cameras with the old flip phones and people would panic thinking their pic was being taken with out permission. I think over time wearables will become more acceptable but in order to do so we must use these devices ethically in order to promote wide spread adoption.

24. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I think people are uncomfortable about Glass because it's hard to say if the person wearing it is using the camera or not. Unlike with smartphones, the user usually puts the device at an obvious position when taking a picture. People would understand this move as you saying "Hey may I take your picture?." Even if they don't want their picture taken, at least you asked them for permission. With glass, you say to people "I have a camera aimed at you while I'm here, and I can take a picture of you with a blink of my eye if I want." Glass cameras are very scary this way and that's why people are so weary about it.

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