Glassholes banned from SF bars

No glassholes

Stuart Schuffman spotted said sign.

Two hopping night-spots in San Francisco are the latest to ban Google Glass. SoMa's The Willows and the Mission's Sycamore are promoting patron privacy in their establishments.

But is this less about privacy and more about the growing anti-tech sentiment in the city?

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Breaking the story, Brock Keeling badgers the bar: [You're fired -Ed.]

Who are these people who don't enjoyed being filmed? ... Well, the Willows has you covered. [The] bar in SoMa, which has seen a sharp increase with the maker sect...has officially banned the use of Google Glass.


[Stuart Schuffman] came across this signage the other night. If you plan on sporting your Glass at the Willows, don't. ... Eventually, like the widespread cellphone the late '90s/early '00s...Glass shunning will fade away.  MORE


Carlos E. Castañeda, from the local CBS affiliate, jumps on the scene: [What, no "chestnut" pun? -Ed.]

Willows co-owner Trista Bernasconi said they are being proactive...“For the privacy of our patrons, we ask you to please remove your Google Glass before entering.”


Many at The Willows are applauding the move by the owners. “I think it’s a great idea. People want to feel comfortable when they go out and drink,” [said] one bar patron. ... The ban has been extended to The Willows sister establishment, Sycamore in the Mission.  MORE



But Ashlee Kieler poo-poos the plan:

But is a ban of the smart glasses really necessary? ... Most consumers have smartphones with decent video cameras, and buying a pair of authentic, unrecognizable spy-type glasses is just a quick click of the mouse away. ... Will a ban really make a difference?


Staring at a fellow bar patron while sporting an expensive, distinct piece of headgear isn’t exactly under-the-radar. ... It is just as easy to make a recording on [a] smartphone.  MORE


And Edwin Kee looks further afield for context:

It seems that not all places welcome the presence of Google Glass, such as Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as a dive bar in Seattle. In fact, the UK government also mulled over the possibility of introducing a blanket ban for Google Glass for drivers, while seven states in the U.S. also intend to do the same.  MORE


Meanwhile, Daniel O'Brien implies that this is just another example of San Francisco's quasi-luddite, bus-blocking, gentrification-hating, anti-tech backlash: [You're hired -Ed.]

[The] bar is located in a neighbourhood...experiencing an influx of technology related workers, often with large pay checks, which is causing fear that soon those not earning big tech bucks may be edged out.


Although everyone has the right to privacy, [this] has less to do with the device itself and more to do with the way San Francisco neighbourhoods are changing. ... Many are worried that as well-paid technology sector workers move into an area, prices...will skyrocket until those earning a lower wage will be forced to move elsewhere.  MORE

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