Seattle bar bans Google Glass

Seattle bar bans Google Glass
If there ever was a real-life definition of putting the horse before the cart, it would be the action of The 5 Point Cafe in Seattle which has banned Google Glass, even though it won't be sold to the general public until later this year at the earliest. Owner Dave Meinert posted his ban on Facebook where he added that "ass kickings will be encouraged for violators." Why ban Google Glass? Meinert says that he wants to protect his customers. He admits that his bar is a notoriously seedy place and no one wants to have his or her picture taken at the bar and have it posted online.

It all harkens back to our recent article on whether or not Google Glass is the privacy-killer that some in the media believe that it is. Our point, and it is valid in this case, is that anyone can bring in a camera and take the same pictures that Google Glass would take. And as far as we know, camera are not banned at the 5 Point Cafe.

The whole thing, from the comment about "ass kickings" to the fact that the bar is within drinking distance of Amazon, makes this sound like a cheap way to get publicity for the bar. Owner Meinert has become a darling of the Seattle media and told them that, "The 5 Point appeals to a wide variety of people. Some of the tech geeks come here, we're close by Amazon...It's OK if you wear them. I just don't want them worn inside."

source: The5PointCafe, KIRO via AndroidAuthority



1. Droiddoes unregistered

His establishment, his rules. I bet some pencil neck does try and do it though, screaming about his first amendment rights (which do not apply to a private business) and then sues him for discrimination.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't really trust Google with the idea of this concept they're trying to push. It's way too easy for privacy to be violated this way.

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

How is it any easier to violate someone's privacy using Glass than with any other camera, or smartphone?

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

it has a camera pointed forwards everytime you use it

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

And my cell phone does too. How would you know if I was taking a picture....or using my phone? It would be good to read Micheals article on Google Glass and privacy...

16. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

well we all would see when you point a phone , but this thing is like having a go-pro strapped to your head and it records videos and images even if you use the restroom

63. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

hey rakithapeiriz i garuntee you will never see me point my phone at u if i wanted to take your pic. I can make it look like im playing a game, textin or just have a small phone in the palm of my hand that u dont even know is there. Your point sir is invalid

27. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Click the link on the story to see Michael's article. Alan F.

60. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

search for "spy glasses" on google... why don't you scream and shout against spy glasses, then? At least, Google Glass can be easily recognized.

61. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because the camera can't potentially send data to Google. Smartphone, depending on which one it is, I'd agree. But not all smartphones would do so. Even so, usually on a smartphone if any data is being sent, it's the user's data. With Google Glass, it just doesn't seem like protects privacy at all.

71. Droiddoes unregistered

You mean like that disgusting company apple? You know, the company that transmitted location data of users even if they declined it? And also took photos of their users and uploaded them to a server? You really do need to seek help. Real talk.

11. Droiddoes unregistered

You DO understand that the second you leave your home you give up all expectations and rights to privacy, correct? Of course you don't. P.S., no one will be taking your picture. I suspect your face is just as ugly and offensive as your personality.

51. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Now that is a DUMB comment. So when you leave your home to go outside and then decide you need to use a public restroom at a public park, YOU ARE NOT giving up all expecations and rights to privacy (in the public restroom). However, Droiddoes doesn't get this point. There are expectations of privacy, even when in public, such as but not limited to, locker rooms in gyms, changing rooms when buying clothes, bathrooms, some casinos, some movie houses, etc.

52. Droiddoes unregistered

Someone doesn't understand how the law works. At all. You may sue a business owner for doing that, but there are NO criminal liabilities there. You clearly do not understand the difference. Great job taking it to the extreme and blowing it out of proportion though.

54. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Droiddoes, you should learn to write (well). You are being a sore loser bringing up the criminal element after I found huge sinkhole gaps in your argument. There ARE NO security cameras in the bathrooms or in the locker rooms or change rooms BECAUSE the public EXPECTS privacy in these places. I am sorry you lost the argument, so MAN UP!

65. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hey ardent Most store do have cameras in changing rooms just so you know. And I have seen lots of Gyms with hidden video cams for security reason in locker rooms as well. Just saying but then again youve been to ever locker room and dressing room in the world right?

67. Droiddoes unregistered

Ok I will "man up". You took it to the absolute extreme, congratulations. Because the discussion was totally about security camers in bathrooms. Feel better? Was that the highlight of your life? Enjoy your great victory.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Correction: You don't like Google. And that is simply because they ate beating Apple. Had Apple invented this, you would be touting the innovation.

53. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Apple is working on the iWatch as opposed to the iGlasses for a reason. More people would use a watch than glasses.

66. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I strongly disagree. More people would use glasses then a watch. Most people now a days only wear a watch for looks not to actually tell time. And the iwatch is pretty ugly def not something you wear with a suit. The glasses are way more usefull and easier to use. If im going to look down to look at a screen id use my phone with can do everything not my limited watch that i over paid apple for. The glasses on the other hand are always ready at the blink of an eye.

70. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

And the glasses are wayyyy more innovative than a watch I mean see through glass lens screen... Just take my money!

33. ilia1986 unregistered

Oh, but you will of course trust apple's version of it, right? You are so full of it it's a wonder how the earth doesn't collapse under your feet when you take a step.

44. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

then dont wear it in the bedroom/bathroom.

62. iami67

Posts: 334; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Why did you really hate google huh. I bet if apple came up with this first youd love it right. It is a lot easier to use your cell or any tiny camera to sneak a pic fo someone then a big pair of glasses.

3. jsdechavez

Posts: 809; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Seen this coming.. More to follow.. haha

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

I guess the reality of it is, when people see this device or put it on they get the idea in their head that they now have x ray vision or some how now become robo cop or someone lol.....its in peoples nature to take a good thing a use it for immoral or selfish reasons. To remedy this perception we can maybe show people how its used and for what purposes. I suggest getting people to somehow watch youtube videos of others doing "proper' things with the device, because technology shouldnt have to suffer or be withdrawn because of a few that wish to use it for their own low and selfish desires.

5. aokde

Posts: 186; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

i agree with every word said. cheap way to get publicity. but hey, kudos for him to know the right way to publicize his bar.

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

So.....this owner think its harder to take stealth pictures with a cell phone? Interesting....

14. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Haha.....its just the idea of having a futuristic looking device on your head in a bar that's all this really is

29. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

well the problem is the FRS type scanning software the Google Glass will use , so if you are a ninja with a smartphone recording stealthy , you cant do it when looking at people directly , or going for a wee , well google glass can ,(unless you remove it and use it when needed)

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