Google Glass-wearing woman claims attack at San Francisco bar

“A San Francisco woman says she was attacked at a bar after refusing to stop wearing Google Glass,” Jason Wells reports for The Los Angeles Times. “It all started out as a friendly exchange among lookie-loos at Molotov’s for tech writer Sarah Slocum, who posted about the alleged attack on her Facebook page. Patron’s were initially curious, asking for demonstrations of the computer-in-eyewear, which Google sees as a new way to effortlessly connect people with information.”

MacDailyNews Take: Then she explained to them what Glass does.

“As the night wore on at the Haight-Ashbury district bar, however, a group of patrons reportedly became upset about possibly being recorded by Slocum’s eyewear, CBS San Francisco reported,” Wells reports. “The confrontation reportedly became violent when a friend she was with responded to a critic by throwing a punch.”

MacDailyNews Take: There’s the answer to the cops’ first question, “Okay, who started it?”

Wells reports, “A man then ripped Slocum’s Google Glass off her face and attempted to flee, but she chased after him.”

Read more in the full article here.

“Brian Lester said he watched as a man insulted Slocum, then a man accompanying her retaliated with his fists,” Joe Vazquez reports for CBS San Francisco. “‘The crowd was jeering as any last call crowd would do with a fight outside of a bar,’ Lester said. ‘She was running around very excited … and people were telling her, ‘you’re being an *** take those glasses off.'”

MacDailyNews Take: There’s a time and place for everything. But not now.

A patron at Molotov’s in San Francisco took this photo of Sarah Slocum wearing Google Glass before she said she was attacked on February 21, 2014. (Sagesse Gwinn Graham / CBS)
A patron at Molotov’s in San Francisco took this photo of Sarah Slocum wearing Google Glass before she said she was attacked on February 21, 2014. (Sagesse Gwinn Graham / CBS)
“‘I think everybody was just upset that she would be recording outside of a bar this late with obvious embarrassing behavior going on,’ Lester added. ‘And just rather insulted that someone thinks it’s okay to record them the entire time they’re in public,'” Vazquez reports. “A man who only gave his first name of ‘Brian’ said he was not surprised. ‘You know, the crowd at Molotov’s is not a tech-oriented crowd for the most part,’ said Brian. ‘It’s probably one of the more punk rock bars in the city. So you know, it’s not really Google Glass country.’ Brian said it did not mean anybody should get physically attacked. ‘Of course not … But a level of tact in that type of establishment might have behooved her,’ Brian said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Brian must have been the designated driver – and an English teacher. It’s rare that quotes from closing time rekindle our hopes for the future of America, but there you have it.

This bar would have benefitted from some PGM (Preemptive Glasshole Mitigation).

That this happened in tech-heavy San Francisco shows that it will happen anywhere (with likely even worse outcomes).

Moral of the story: Don’t be a Glasshole.

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One year wearing Google Glass: ‘Look at that asshole’ – December 31, 2013
Why an Apple iWatch has better chances than Google Glass – November 6, 2013
Apple’s Siri lambastes Google Glass – August 26, 2013
Google Glass ban list grows; top 10 places banning Google Glass – August 7, 2013

38 Comments

  1. Slocum, indeed. Without a bag over that face, I’d never finish.

    Even with her irritating spywear removed, there aren’t beer goggles thick enough for that mess.

    More facts: Her friend started it. The patrons finished it. If she had even half a brain she never would have worn them at all, or at least showed them to people and them put them away. If this sort of thing happens to every glasshole (insisting on wearing Glass when highly irritating others), I wouldn’t be the least bit upset. I’m rooting for it, in fact.

    Hopefully this glasshole’s got a clue now. Give her a carrot and call it a day.

        1. I knew that. I was trying for a little levity in the face of a generally bad situation. Alcohol and idiocy do not mix well.

          Her, for wearing such an abusive device, which is not clever, or cool in any way. Her boyfriend, for deciding throwing a punch was the answer. The other bar patrons, who had a much better alternative. which was to tell the barkeeper they were leaving his establishment as long as they were subject to being filmed by other customers. He’d have caught on quick.

          The term “Glasshole” is well thought out and exceedingly appropriate.

    1. That was one of the funniest posts I’ve ever read on MDN.

      Thanks for the chuckle!! 🙂

      (It was also mean-spirited and harsh, but who cares? Glasshole gets what she deserves!) 😀

  2. Obviously the prudent act would have been to take them off.
    The whole point of the glasses is to access the internet. When you’re in a bar it’s unlikely that you really need them.

  3. People are afraid of getting filmed by glass when in public?? Right, because I can’t do that with my phone. Look at any public incident and count all the phones out recording everything. Really???

      1. Because it’s pretty obvious when someone is pointing a phone at you that they’re likely recording or snapping photos, but when a glasshole is just looking at you, you have no idea what’s going on. Are they looking at your Facebook page, reading your tweets, videoing you, or what? Google has a mess on its hands.

        1. (Edit for the above — wife was talking to me while I was typing):

          If you pointed your phone’s camera at me without asking I’d pummel you too if it makes you feel better.

          (A delete or edit post option would be nice)

    1. I don’t know how many bars you habitually visit where everyone has their phone out filming other people, but anyone attempting it in the pubs I go to would probably be either thrown out, or have the phone confiscated.
      Public incidents are not the same thing as a public bar, which any person with a functioning brain ought to realise.

      1. You really think that the only way to video people with a cell phone is to be obvious about it? I assure you that it is extremely easy to video people unawares with a phone regardless whether you are in a tech savvy pub or not.

        Being out in public, in public places, you give up some of your expectations of privacy. I can video you in a public place. No where, whether public or private, are you allowed to “pummel” anyone.

    2. If someone walked around with their phone in front of their face, constantly recording everything, eventually someone would probably ask him to stop.

      The difference between recording with a phone and recording with Google Glass is that, as far as anyone knows, those glasses are constantly recording. It’s not the same at all as holding up your phone to catch a minute or two of video.

      ——RM

  4. Just the start, if you pointed a camera at people and made it clear you were filming them you would get trouble much of the time so knowing that this could be the situation at any time a glass head is around is clearly going to cause discomfort and trouble. Add kids to the equation and (at least here) unlawful acts could be taking place at any time and some parents simply won’t tolerate that possibility. Trouble ahead especially when you get idiots like this woman who clearly has no consideration for others nor common sense.

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