I've yet to find a situation where people randomly wearing Google Glass in public don't look obnoxious. Donning a $1500 headpiece that has the capability to record random strangers isn't the social norm in San Francisco – and, really, let's hope it never is. So when the news spread that a woman at Molotov's was robbed of her fancy specs, it wasn't surprising that patrons in one of the Lower Haight's saltiest punk bars were quick to condemn her for what they claimed was gadget showboating.
The woman was tech writer Sarah Slocum, who has taken to her Facebook page to spread her story, and to fiercely fight what she says are the the various false versions of what happened last Friday, when she says she was showing friends the Google Glass a developer friend lent to her. She wrote that wearing Google Glass provoked other drinkers at the bar to flip her off, call her a bitch, and throw "dirty wet bar rags at me"; she also "had people invading my personal space and trying to rip them off my face."
The news is a solid reminder to keep the pricey tech gadgets outta sight when you don't need them. It's really not worth the status points. Too many of my friends have lost their phones in San Francisco after someone grabbed them from their hands on the bus or on the street. And those were $200 iPhones. Show something off that is two to eight times as much – especially in a loud, crowded bar on a Friday night – and the grabby hands are only gonna get grabbier.
Google Glass has an interesting future as a tool for creative possibilities –from time lapse film to porn. But perhaps Google should add to that Glass etiquette and tell people to keep those things off their faces when they're off the clock. I mean, I shudder to think what would've happened at Zeitgeist if someone walked in wearing Google Glass.
Update: The conversations I'm seeing about this story, both on The Bold Italic and elsewhere, make me want to add something here. I don't think anyone should be singled out for an attack based on what they're holding or wearing, ever. My point is more that we live in a city where less expensive things than Google Glass cause people to be the victims of crimes, and a $1500 device is a good thing to keep away from situations (i.e. bars) where they could easily get ripped off.
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