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San Francisco bar issues passive aggressive Google Glass ban

Bar patrons live in fear of Google Glass
Thu Mar 06 2014, 14:46
The Google Glass display box sits on the top right hand side on the eyewear

SAN FRANCISCO drinkers have been subtly told by a trendy bar that Google Glass is not welcome in their establishment.

Gastropub The Willows was visited by a Google Glass Explorer and shortly after a notice appeared advising customers: "Our patrons have expressed concern with being recorded while enjoying themselves at The Willows. Kindly remove before entering."

Although the sign does not mention Glass by name, the sign is illustrated with a crossed out Google Glass.

According to KTVU San Francisco, a one star review left on Yelp said that staff at The Willows had refused service to a customer the previous week until he removed his prescription lensed Glass.

Another bar in the area, Molotovs, has its own sign forbidding audio and video recording, following a reported assault, during which Glass Explorer Sarah Slocum's computer display eyewear apparently was snatched from her face, along with her purse and mobile phone.

Ms Slocum alleged that the attack took place as a result of customer fears about being recorded by the device.

Issues surrounding the wearable technology are causing problems for the 30,000 Google Glass Explorers - the company's term for beta testers - ahead of the launch of Glass that Google is expected to announce later this year.

A cinema patron recently was detained by the FBI after wearing his Glass spectacles in the theatre, because the proprietor thought he was recording the movie, while Cecilia Abadie was stopped and ticketed for wearing Glass while driving.

Google recently published etiquette guidelines for Glass users in an effort to stem the backlash. µ


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