Google Glass Wearer Claims 'Hate Crime' in Bar Incident
Critics say she had no right to be recording them
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2014 6:44 PM CST
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(Newser) – Google Glass has been involved in speeding tickets, alleged movie-taping, and now its first bar altercation. A woman in San Francisco says she got attacked by "wanker Google Glass haters" for wearing the glasses inside a Haight Street establishment, reports the Los Angeles Times. Tech publicist Sarah Slocum wrote on Facebook that a man ripped them off her face after a verbal confrontation and ran outside the bar. She got the glasses back but says his friends then stole her purse, cellphone, and wallet. In the huge online conversation this triggered, Slocum labeled herself the victim of a "hate crime." But her critics say she was being a "Glasshole."

CBS San Francisco talks to a bar patron who says that people were annoyed that Slocum was recording video. They were "rather insulted that someone thinks it’s OK to record them the entire time they’re in public.” Especially at a bar, near closing time. Things got testy, and one of Slocum's friends punched one of her hecklers, he says. Slocum posted a 9-second video of the moments before her glasses were taken, though it's a little tough to figure out what's going on, notes Adam Martin at the Daily Intelligencer. "So for now, this all sounds like some overly fraught discussion of some idiocy that happened on the kind of drunken night you would usually want to forget."

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Feb 27, 2014 12:31 PM CST
I'd be pissed at her too.
Feb 27, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Will be pretty interesting when everything is recorded in the future by such glasses. No more his word against her word etc. Sadly though, ALL privacy will be lost to the ever-growing big brother.
Feb 27, 2014 9:36 AM CST
Who cares ? Within a few years contacts will have cameras built into them and no one will know who is filming who. People only hate Google glass because they can a) see it and b) don't have one themselves. The asshats who took offense were probably already being filmed by cctv anyway, probably both inside the bar and outside. Anybody here remember when cell phones first came out ? Those using them while walking along the street suffered the same disdain from those who did not have one. Get over it, ubiquitous spying technology is here to stay. And you can call me..................Mr Joshua