February 26, 2014
San Francisco Tech Writer Attacked By Google Glass ‘Haters’
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Sarah Slocum, a tech writer and business consultant, was hanging out in a San Francisco bar on Friday night demonstrating how Google Glass works when two women and a man confronted her.
“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.
A witness told CBS San Francisco that a man with the victim ended up punching a woman in the face because she was verbally abusing Slocum. After this, one of the confronters grabbed the $1,500 device off Slocum's face and ran off with it.
After the assailant took off with the high-tech device, Slocum said she chased him down and eventually retrieved the Google Glass, but another person ended up taking her purse, cellphone and wallet during the chase.
While it may seem like the act was due to the value of the device, a person with the assailant said Google Glass was “destroying the city.” Slocum wrote on her Facebook that they took the device because they were “Google Glass haters.”
CBS San Francisco reported that several witnesses say Slocum was friendly, or wasn’t being a “glasshole” as Google puts it. Witnesses say the people confronting her were upset about the possibility of being recorded by the glasses.
“The crowd was jeering as any last call crowd would do with a fight outside of a bar,” Brian Lester, a witness, told CBS. “She was running around very excited … and people were telling her, ‘you’re being an *** take those glasses off. I think everybody was just upset that she would be recording outside of a bar this late with obvious embarrassing behavior going on. And just rather insulted that someone thinks it’s okay to record them the entire time they’re in public.”
Another witness told CBS that the San Francisco bar doesn’t have a real “tech-orientated crowd” and is “probably one of the more punk rock bars in the city. He said the area isn’t really “Google Glass country.”
Google released a set of guidelines last week asking its Glass explorer community not to be “glassholes.” Slocum followed some of the instructions in the guide, such as being an active and vocal member of the community and explaining what Glass does. However, she didn’t follow guidelines like don’t “glass out.” Google recommends people only use the device sparingly, and not just wear them around in a bar.
“Glass was built for short bursts of information and interactions that allow you to quickly get back to doing the other things you love. If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you,” Google wrote. “Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends.”