Woman Says She Was Attacked for Wearing Google Glass at San Francisco Dive Bar

Categories: Tech, WTF?

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Obviously not Molotov's patrons
Gentrification drama swept through the Lower Haight Friday night when a local woman wearing Google Glass claims she was attacked while at a bar on Haight Street.

Sarah Slocum, a San Francisco tech writer, described the incident on Facebook, of course. According to Slocum, she was at Molotov's on Haight Street where she was showing someone at the bar how her Google glasses work. During her high-tech demonstration, two women and a man confronted her and ripped the glasses off her face.

Here's how Slocum described the incident via Facebook:

OMG so you'll never believe this but... I got verbally and physically asaulted [sic] and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some wanker Google Glass haters, then some *bleeeeeeeeeep* tore them off my face and ran out with them then and when I ran out after him his *bleeeeeeep* friends stole my purse, cellphone walet [sic] and everything..

CBS News reports that Slocum later recovered the Google Glassed along with the footage of her attackers. Her purse and phone are still missing. Officer Albie Esparza confirmed that a police report was filed with the San Francisco Police Department.

Witnesses claim that people inside the bar got agitated at the sight of the Google Glasses, fearing they would be recorded by the wearable computers.

Witness Brian Lester tells CBS News that he watched as a man insulted Slocum. "The crowd was jeering as any last call crowd would do with a fight outside of a bar," Lester tells the news station. "She was running around very excited ... and people were telling her, 'you're being an *** take those glasses off."

Needless to say, another witness named Brian says he wasn't too surprised by the showdown.

"You know, the crowd at Molotov's is not a tech-oriented crowd for the most part," says Brian, who would only give his first name. "It's probably one of the more punk rock bars in the city. So you know, it's not really Google Glass country."

Still, the second Brian agreed, there was no reason for those guys to be glassholes about it.




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mikewright979
mikewright979

Yeah cuz they don't have security cameras on constant record, and no one in the bar owns a camera phone. Stone age people and your backwards way of thinking. Let's go against technology because we are to stupid to understand it. Witches I tell you, lets burn them at the stake. Idiotic people are afraid of technology and advancement. History is full of people like you that try and stand in the way of development, but if we listened to idiots like you all of our globes would still be flat.

Jana Shepherd
Jana Shepherd

I'm not sure what's more entertaining..the way the article started, "gentrification drama swept through the lower Haight", the fact that someone would actually wear those into a bar, or that a techie was in a dive bar in the Haight to begin with..

DooWop
DooWop

[Witnesses claim that people inside the bar got agitated at the sight of the Google Glasses, fearing they would be recorded by the wearable computers.]


Because no one in a bar has a phone that can do the same thing... suuuure.

Alexis Williams
Alexis Williams

Perhaps this was the woman's first bar visit? That could explain her inability to understand that drunks can be confrontational and tend to mean it when they say that shit is going to "get real".

djevoke
djevoke

Wait...she's a tech writer? She has HORRIBLE grammar! Maybe she's more of a tech blogger lol In all honesty, she was calling too much attention to herself in an environment that wasn't going to be any kind of friendly to Glassholes. I don't condone attacking people for being d-bags, but give the tech a break, and enjoy the people that are all around you. I guarantee you they're more entertaining!

fuckoff3
fuckoff3

Uhhhmmm... "glasshole" is already a term used to describe people who wear Google Glass at inappropriate times. So, the author's attempted pun at the end is illogical.

Ronald Edwards
Ronald Edwards

Further entrenching the term "Glasshole" into the American Lexicon. I hope Google sues her for unlicensed use of a development product.

Kevin Kirby
Kevin Kirby

As long as the opposite doesn't happen, in The All-Glass place across the street...

Dee Dee Russell
Dee Dee Russell

Please. Attention whoring much? I witnessed a laptop stolen on the 49 Van Ness from a man who was flossing it! She was flossing and got handled. Fools this is SAN FRANCISCO you do not floss your expensive digital items in the damn lower Haight, or period. I personally would not want to be in a bar next to a person wearing goggle glass.

Chloe Blume
Chloe Blume

Learn how to walk, dude. You're an adult.

Rob Blomberg
Rob Blomberg

She was asked to remove them and did not. If someone walked onto my hospital floor wearing them, I would promptly ask them to take them off and if they refused I would call security. Some environments are totally inappropriate for even giving the appearance of recording or taking pictures and some people are not comfortable with it, either. Sounds to me like she was being a glasshole.

kayvaan
kayvaan

Honestly - Molotov's is not the place to take tech d-bag gear.  I'm not condoning the attacks at all.  It's bad.  But that's just not the place for yuppies to yup out.  And this is coming from a yuppie.  I wouldn't even take an iPhone out in that place.  Molotov's is only for hard drinking.  Put your gear away.

kayvaan
kayvaan

Honestly - Molotov's is not the place to brandish tech gear.  I'm not condoning the attacks at all.  It's bad.  But that's just not the place for yuppies to yup out.  And this is coming from a yuppie.  I wouldn't even take an iPhone out in that place.  Molotov's is only for hard drinking.  Put your gear away.

Mari Pellegrino
Mari Pellegrino

Molotovs is full of haters! I live in the neighborhood and one night as I was walking past the bar I tripped and fell hard on the ground. I was down for almost a minute and all the smokers outside the bar just kept on acting cool . Nobody asked if I was alright or helped me up. It was as if I was invisible. Where is the humanity ?

Ronnie D
Ronnie D

I saw a woman walking through a rough part of Oakland the other day wearing google glasses. I felt like stopping and telling her she's a dummy. Might as well walk through the ghetto with a wad of cash in your hand, wave it around, and ask everyone to try and steal if from you.

David Martin
David Martin

That's is one the punk bars Baz she was on an adventure and sometimes this can happen when your out slummin. Stay in the upper haight or north beach to avoid this sort of thing

Alfonso Guevara
Alfonso Guevara

Molotovs hasn't been a dive bar in 10 years. It only smells like puke and urine because everything in SF does.

ContactsOnly
ContactsOnly

Should she have been accosted? Not physically but maybe a little bit verbally.


Lady, take the hint. You know you're trying too hard when your goof-nerd appearance incites a riot. Take your glasses, take your smugness, and go lock yourself in your hall closet. There you can wear your glasses, look at yourself in the mirror, and sit and smell your own farts in peace.

Chill Lee
Chill Lee

Don't flaunt your rich stuff in an SF dive bar. You never know. What an idiot.

John LaForgia
John LaForgia

On the other other hand, if I spotted some guy alone at the playground with Google Glasses, I think some outrage would be warranted. Priorities *shrug*.

John LaForgia
John LaForgia

"All you douchebags blaming the victim because she's a techie." I'm not, but it's totally a cautionary tale. Be more careful with your toys (and take your purse with you when you run after the kids). Side note: I don't know if I'd ever call Molotov "Punk Rock"...but it's been a long time since I've been there, don't remember it well. Not since Annie's closed has there been a real punk place.

John LaForgia
John LaForgia

You don't wave your lunch money on the playground, you don't unstrap your purse on BART, you don't leave your keys in the car, and you don't wave your Google Glasses at a bar. Pretty simple On the other hand, this whole "don't take my picture" thing is a lame excuse, you can do all that with cell phones and they do it all the time...probably even some of the people at the bar against the glasses. Get over it...it's not gonna steal your soul...and no one cares if you're accidentally spotted picking your nose. If it catches you cheating or stealing, well that's your fault...cheat and steal smarter. ;-)

Nora Robinson
Nora Robinson

All you douchebags blaming the victim because she's a techie. SMH

Sonia Murray
Sonia Murray

of course, it's not her responsibility to be streetwise. especially at a bar on haight 'between ashbury and valencia' (her words). it's the big city, little one.

Crispin Mccabe
Crispin Mccabe

Is it bad that since she's a tech writer and the fact that she's posted three links to this Story from 3 outlets(and counting) on her FB page and is waiting on her TV appearance tonight a lil SuS to me?

Bass Trumbo
Bass Trumbo

Seems pretty self-unaware to wear GG inside a bar, especially a divey one. Seriously, take the damn thing off. You look like a DB.

Marcus Kutz
Marcus Kutz

Let them eat cake, or chew on the bones of the rich..... We will see these tech douchebags victimized more and more as they flaunt their status symbols on the streets. Everyone victimizes people, while being someone else's victim at the same time.

Marc Ong
Marc Ong

So... their fears were correct was what I got out of the story. They were being recorded by a wearable computer.

Russell D. Kurson
Russell D. Kurson

Damn, I have lived here for nearly 40 years and in one night, this person has more problems in one bar than I have had in a lifetime. I'm in real estate, but most people think I'm a cop, or a fed, or a narc.

Crispin Mccabe
Crispin Mccabe

She still has her Glass for what it's worth. Maybe a Friday night at a bar in a neighborhood she Haights is not the best spot to show them off in... her pun, not mine.

Joe Nail
Joe Nail

Honestly. Just like people taking hundreds of selfies and wondering why their phone got stolen.

Regina Walton
Regina Walton

A lot of people have no idea how Glass works. If you find yourself in that scene take the glasses off. She shouldn't have to but not everyone in SF is in tech.

Jim Piechota
Jim Piechota

She's just another douche stomping her feet to be noticed and validated. Glad this happened.

Colby Alexis Jones
Colby Alexis Jones

It's definitely wrong to take anyone's property, but I understand the general public's concern over being recorded by the device. If it has the capability to capture people's images without their consent, she was kinda taking other people's property too.

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

I imagine this is the same feeling as when douches are talking loudly on a Bluetooth earpiece, except way worse!

BrainyGal
BrainyGal

From her posting, this does not appear to be her first time at a bar. Also, once you enter Molotov's, it is pretty clear that wearing $1,500 glasses may not be appropriate (i.e., you wouldn't wear Versace to Molotov's or a Rolex). Her male friend seems to have started the physical part of the disagreement. 

justh3ofus
justh3ofus

I thought it was pretty punny, actually! (But, then again...so is your username: fuckoff3;})

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