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Punks attack Google Glass wearer

- February 26th, 2014

Punks have always been anti-something, but being anti-eye wear is a whole new ballpark.

But that’s the type of hostile environment Sarah Slocum, a professional media and business consultant in San Francisco encountered when she walked into a local punk club wearing a pair of Google Glass.

Slocum claims that not long after she walked into the club, Molotov, she was attacked by two people. While one ripped the Google Glass off her face, the other stole her purse and ran off.

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The robbery, Slocum continued, came after a night of continuous taunting, ridiculing, and threatening actions.

Slocum posted the horrifying attack on her Facebook page, and expressed her concern that the attack wasn’t random, but a targeted hate crime.

“…what makes this story special is that no one has experienced a hate crime or been targeted for a hate crime, which is what is was, for wearing Google Glass,” Slocum said.

According to Gawker, Slocum has recovered her pair of Google Glass, which will run for approximately $1,600 when they’re released, but put in a police report for her missing purse and wallet.

One of the bar’s patrons who was at Molotov that night told San Francisco’s KPIX news that Molotv has built up a reputation over the years as a no nonsense kind of venue, proclaiming, “it’s not really Google Glass country.”

The attack has since set off a massive debate on Twitter where tech enthusiasts and those who despise all of the latest contraptions are arguing where and when Glass is acceptable.

Just last year, a Seattle pub picked up international media attention when it put a sign out specifically barring people from wearing Google Glass into the pub.

Dave Meinert, owner of the 5 Point bar, said his reason for banning was out of respect to other patrons who may feel uncomfortable or distressed at having someone with a potential recording device in an area where people are drinking.

Although it was intended as a joke, Meinert has stated that he would uphold the ban, explaining that it isn’t fair to the rest of the room who didn’t ask to be anywhere near the device.

As launch date for Glass edges closer, the debates and concern over how it will be accepted by a mainstream audience continue to grow.

What do you think? Are you freaked out or intrigued by Glass? Will you be picking it up or staying as far away as possible?

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2 comments

  1. mikel | February 26, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Hate crime? Hahahaha….

  2. Glenn David | February 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    People going with Glass will always be lesser than People going against Glass. They want to use Google but not going to say it louder. :/

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