Google Glass wearer made to leave a Seattle restaurant

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Nick Starr, a network engineer from Seattle, was made to leave his local diner because he was wearing Google Glass. However, according to him, he had eaten at the diner several times before while wearing his Google made spectacles.

Starr shared the events of the night through Facebook:

“We begin looking at the menu and a woman who works there comes up to us and tells me that the owner’s other restaurant doesn’t allow Google Glass and that I would have to either put it away (it doesn’t fold up btw) or leave. I inform her that I am well aware of the policy at The 5 Point Cafe (a diner under the same ownership that bans Google Glass) but asked to see where it was policy for Glass to be disallowed at Lost Lake. She said she couldn’t provide any and when asked to speak with management she stated she was the night manager. I again inform her that the two venues are different and have different policies. She refuses and I leave.”

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The restaurant retaliated with its own status stating that a ‘rude’ customer had left that evening because he didn’t want to take off his Google Glass. The status ended with a reminder to customers that Google Glass, as well as filming or photographing without consent in the diner is prohibited.

Google Glass isn’t a consumer product yet but its future is being compromised with all of the places its being banned. Casinos are set to ban the device and the UK police have stated that the headsets won’t be legally wearable while driving. Now public restaurants are mulling it over, hopefully Google figures out a way to keep everybody happy if this starts becoming a common occurrence.

KitGuru Says: Being banned in a restaurant is a bit silly, if he wanted to film or photograph someone he would literally have to be staring at that person. It’d be easier for you to take a sneaky shot on your phone but those aren’t banned. What do you guys think? Should Google Glass be allowed everywhere? Would you even use one?

Source: Facebook, The Inquirer

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  • Kusarininja
    November 29, 2013
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    Why the need to wear Google Glass when sitting down to eat anyway? Surely you can have a meal without the need to be “connected” to the damn internet or posting images of your food on instagram or whatver the current image sharing site is popular. Do we have to be tied to gadgets24/7? I don’t think so. Don’t get me wrong I love gadgets but I sure as well will not be purchasing a google glass anytime soon as I personally think it is not needed. I can see professional benefits of it say for surgeons in hospitals and the like but for everyday use I think it can be viewed as a bit invasive.

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  • Grenyn
    November 29, 2013
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    It would be easier to just turn it off than to take it off. Him wearing it doesn’t mean he wants to be connected 24/7.

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  • Mega
    November 29, 2013
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    Sheesh, what’s the harm? In fact, there were those small pens with a built-in camera. They were cheap as well, nobody used it like that. People are just idiots.

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  • Viking_F
    December 2, 2013
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    Glass can stream video directly to the internet!. This makes it an active spying tool or privacy invasion device without the person being videoed knowing or giving permission. Yes, there are other clunky methods that are not banned but Glass is so seamless and can do so much, one just needs to be sensible to others. You may not mind BUT they do!. Respect that!.

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