Man Forced to Leave Seattle Restaurant for Wearing Google Glass

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Google Glass is not everyone’s friend. Since before its initial release earlier this year, the headset has been stirring concerns about privacy and other sketchy use cases. The latest Glass-related showdown happened in Seattle, in a diner owned by a restaurateur who is staunchly opposed to the device.

When early Google Glass Nick Starr adoptee visited the Lost Lake Cafe, he was asked to remove the headset or leave. Spoiler alert: he left. In a Facebook note, he later outlined his complaint and requested “an explanation, apology, clarification, and if the staff member was in the wrong and lost the owner money last night and also future income as well, that this income be deducted from her pay or her termination.”

The restaurant’s owner, David Meinert, has explicitly banned Google Glass from being worn in his establishments.

"It's about privacy," Meinert’s business partner, Jason Lajeunesse, said in an interview with Forbes. "It's one thing to take out a camera and capture a moment, people see you doing it, they have a chance to step out if they want to. With Glass people don't have a chance to do that. We want our customers to feel comfortable, not like they're being watched."

Is there something inherently creepy about not knowing when someone might be taking a photo or video of you? Yes, yes there is.

[via The Verge]

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