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.”
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?