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Google Glass Owner Attacked in San Francisco Bar

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You don't have to own a Google Glass to be a glasshole.

Patrons of Molotov's bar in San Francisco reportedly attacked a technology writer named Sarah Slocum on Feb. 21 for wearing her Google Glass in the bar, reports San Francisco's CBS Local News.

“OMG so you’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some *** Google Glass haters …” Slocum wrote in a Facebook post.

MORE: Glasshole or Not? 7 Urgent Ethical Dilemmas for Wearable Tech

According to Slocum, she was showing someone at the bar how Glass works when two women and a man confronted her, and the man snatched the Google Glass off her face. 

A witness told CBS that a man accompanying Slocum then hit a man who was verbally abusing her. 

"The crowd was jeering as any last call crowd would do with a fight outside of a bar," a witness named Brian Lester told CBS.

Slocum was later able to recover the Glass, which she said has video footage of the confrontation. Slocum's purse and phone were also stolen, she said, and are still missing.  

This isn't the first time wearable technology has apparently prompted an attack. In July 2012, employees at a Paris McDonald's confronted so-called "human cyborg" Steve Mann over his headset and mounted video camera.

There has been rising tension between longterm San Francisco residents and well-heeled tech workers, who are blamed for pushing up rents and prices in the city. Google Glass would stand out as a trapping of the high-tech newcomers.

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    patrick_star , March 6, 2014 3:36 AM
    a google glass owner walks into a bar.
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    koss64 , March 19, 2014 12:22 PM
    Quote:
    a google glass owner walks into a bar.
    And is told to leave, or what may be a growing trend punched in the face.
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    joe123456 , April 16, 2014 2:23 AM
    Contrary to what "journalist" Kyle Russell believes, the incidents against google glasses wearers are not necessary linked to the protest against "tech" companies in San Francisco.

    Imagine you are quietly walking a street or having a drink with friends in a bar and some idiot comes in front of you wearing google glasses and starts to film you and post the video on the internet. What would you think and how would you react ?

    Contrary to what most people believe, taking pictures of you, filming you against your will and publishing it is a violation of your privacy of your rights as an individual, and consequently of your freedom.

    We have the right to be wherever we want without being spied or registered on some digital device.

    What has been google's agenda since many years ? How many trials did they lose for :copyright violation, privacy violation, individual rights violation ? Many and what was the comments ultimately from the executives on this company after losing all their trials: "We will do it again".

    Here is a firm like many others whose main goal is to destroy individual rights, individual privacy and the protection that goes with it just to make more profits and control minds.
    Google is a well known tax evader like many other firms in the same line of business. They are insanely rich but yet it's not enough, they need always more. These people are destroying the San Francisco community like they try to destroy individual rights and freedom.

    People should wake up, the "cool" image of the google of this world is just very smart marketing. These people couldn't care less about you, they want to control you and google glasses are just another tool to do it.

    So, there are some idiots who exasperate people by intruding and violating people's privacy, and therefore get mugged and their glasses destroyed. Well done ! I hope it will multiply.
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