Woman says she was attacked and robbed outside San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass

Woman says she was attacked and robbed outside San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass
As progressive and forward-thinking most believe San Francisco to be, it is a city grappling with tech revolution just like any other municipality. The same goes for all the people that liver wherever they live.

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?

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Come on now...

4. papss unregistered

Sorry... lol I'm going to hell for that one.

5. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I was thinking the same thing.

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

She should've had Lumia glasses on....

16. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


18. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Is that what you use to read articles and comment in phonearena?

6. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

This is why we can't have nice things. Bunch of animals...

7. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 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: Feb 17, 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: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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: Apr 16, 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: 193; Member since: Sep 26, 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: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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: Jan 23, 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: Oct 20, 2013

Drunk people are like monkeys, don't taunt them if you mind having poop flung at you

14. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

and they say Kanye is crazy for attacking the paparazzi

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 1168; Member since: May 23, 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: 14; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

California sucks ass anyways, especially Frisco.

21. Snoobab

Posts: 175; Member since: Dec 07, 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: 1265; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Just because you have glass doesn't mean that you can't interact with people.

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