Woman claims she was assaulted, robbed at bar for wearing Google Glass

February 25, 2014
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A woman is San Francisco claims to have been assaulted in a bar — for wearing Google Glass. Via Facebook, she claims to have been assaulted without provocation while showing friends how Glass worked. A few bar patrons took offense to her headwear, assaulting her before she was robbed her of her purse, phone, and Glass.

 According to Sarah Slocum — a tech writer of all things — she was enjoying a quiet evening out with some friends. when she began explaining to them how glass worked, two women confronted her. A man, likely a friend of the women in question, came over and took the Glass from Slocum’s face.

Slocum said she has the Glass in her possession, but her purse and phone remain missing. In a twist of irony, those who took offense to her Glass were wary of being photographed or filmed without their knowledge or consent. The report claims that Slocum’s retrieved Glass shows the man who took them from her, lending credence to their initial objections of being filmed.

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An onlooker named Brian Lester said the man who approached insulted Slocum, which led a man accompanying Slocum to assault him physically. The witness also says Slocum was running around excitedly as the men were fighting while bar patrons yelled at her to remove the Glass, accusing her of acting like a — well, something we won’t print.

“I think everybody was just upset that she would be recording outside of a bar this late with obvious embarrassing behavior going on, and just rather insulted that someone thinks it’s okay to record them the entire time they’re in public.” Lester said. Another witness, who would only identify himself as Brian, said the bar they were at may not have been the best place for Glass. “It’s probably one of the more punk rock bars in the city. So you know, it’s not really Google Glass country” he said. Slocum promises more details on her story today, so we'll be sure to keep an eye out for further details.

Source: CBS San Francisco


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  • renGek

    The fools at the bar got their draws all bent out of shape because they thought she might possibly just perhaps kind of maybe recording something but they don’t know what, how, why or if she in fact was doing so. these are the same people when something happens I bet they will take out their phones to record for posting online. Our maybe take out a camera to take photos with their friends because it’s someone’s birthday which might incidentally capture a photo of a stranger in the background *gasp*. But yet they got all upset over the dangerous looking young gal /s
    So not only are they hypocrites, they just jump to conclusion. Yeah, sounds like scholars.

  • A Dude

    Lol the first of many you might as well paint a bullseye on yourself to be beaten up or robbed

  • Mark Rich

    Did she record it on her Google glass?

  • V-Phuc

    I always thought that POS will bring more problems than anything to its owners, and I’m not surprised such incidents now occur. With a camera, or even a smartphone, people around me can tell whether or not I’m aiming at them. On the other hand, someone with that Glass can record anything about me and my entourage without me noticing it since all they need to do is look in my direction, right? Besides, don’t we have enough tech gadgets as it is: smartphone, tablet, laptop, wristwatch, bla bla bla, and we’re compelled to need this POS?!!! Come on, people! Regrettable incident, but gotta expect it to happen. Take-home lesson: DO NOT EVER buy this POS

    • gmaninvan

      So if a person is across the room texting you can tell without a doubt they aren’t taking pictures of you? Do you also know that they don’t have a lytro camera in their hand? or wearing a galaxy gear watch?

  • Christopher Robert

    if she was asked to remove them, why didn’t she just take them off? Seems like she went in their to start soem sh*t. not that i am on the side of the drunkards that robbed her, but some on this is a non story.

  • gmaninvan

    I really don’t get how people are so dumb. You cannot expect to have anonymity in a public setting. For starters, half of our cities have surveillance cameras for theft and/or traffic. Add in people on bikes with gopros, google streetview vehicles, and, the most notable………..the fact that every single person in the city has a camera on their phone.

    How is someone wearing glass offensive but the person accross the bar from you on their phone isn’t. That person could be filming you as well. Bottom line, if someone is filming you without your consent in the privacy of your own home or a friends home, not cool. In public? Well, there is a reason it is called “IN PUBLIC”.

    People need to use their heads.

  • potrzebie

    A punk rock bar, in SF, in 2014. Why would they object to being photographed? They’re all obviously posers.