San Francisco bar bans Google Glass

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It seems the negative perception of the “Glasshole” continues to have consequences. Recently, a tech writer named Sarah Slocum was in the news claiming she was “assaulted” for wearing Google Glass to a San Francisco bar. And I guess that was enough for one bar to try to cut the conflict at the source: Google Glass.

The Willows bar has posted a sign requesting that patrons leave their Google Glass at the door AKA take them off before entering the establishment.

“Our patrons have expressed concern with being recorded while enjoying themselves at the Willows. Kindly Remove Before Entering,” the sign reads.

Even Google agrees that there’s a certain etiquette that comes with wearing Google Glass, hence this “don’t”:

“Be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well.”

Another San Francisco bar owner, Kevin Harrington, doesn’t ban Google Glass but he can see where it could become an issue:

“I would base my policy on the reaction of my customers. And I honestly think the majority of them would feel uncomfortable” in regards to being filmed without permission.

So, it seems the Google Glass problem isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

What do you think of this ban on Google Glass?


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  • Daen de Leon

    I maintain a list of places that ban Glass or otherwise restrict audio & video recording on the premises.