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Seattle dive bar bans Google Glass

You won't be allowed to wear those in Seattle's Five Point Cafe.

It's going to be a while before Google Glass will be available for purchase but the 5 Point Cafe, a Seattle dive bar in close proximity to the city's iconic Space Needle, has already banned the new technology on their premises and last week posted the following message on its Facebook page:

"For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators."

In an interview with Seattle's KIRO-FM radio station Dave Meinert, the 5 Point's owner, admits that the decision to ban Google Glass is partly driven by concerns about patrons' privacy and partly a humorous publicity stunt:

"You have to understand the culture of The 5 Point which is a sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place and I think people want to go there and be not known ... Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook and get a reaction, but part of it is serious because we don't let people film other people or take photos unwanted of other people in the bar because it's kind of a private place people go."

This first ban has been widely reported and the 5 Point is defending its decision on its Facebook page in quite entertaining fashion. As an occasional patron of the 5 Point I have to say that while the ban is certainly debatable, especially in a tech-town like Seattle, I have to agree that Google Glass definitely doesn't blend well with the 5 Point's general ambiance and style. So for now leave your cyber goggles at home if you want to order a pint or two of Manny's at this Seattle landmark establishment, otherwise you might end up like this guy.


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Banning this thing from a dive while ignoring all the rest of the glassframe cameras, keyfob cameras, lighter cameras, button cameras. pen cameras, and whatever else there is, seems a tad harsh, but it's owner's right.
It would have a lot more sense to ban wearing this by drivers in traffic. God knows there's plenty of both careless drivers and other distractions already.
On the other hand, the cellphone use while driving is forbidden as well, but you can still see people using it everywhere (and also in the movies)...
I guess it's no use. In a few years everyone will be walking around looking like Borg, cops and housewives alike...


LOL, when I read the headline I was already imagining a "Violators will get their asses kicked" warning...

Not only will you get a black eye, but you probably end up with a broken $1500 toy.


What is a 'dive-bar'? Does it have a pool?

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Lars Rehm


Obsoletist attitude. The ability to film invisibly has been around for decades, soon it will be ubiquitous.


nobody cares.

Lars Rehm

Well, you seem to care enough to leave a comment...good enough for me :-)


Good for them. Whenever I take pics in a bar I tell everyone that I'm not there to take pics of recognizable faces, just the place itself. The goofballs wearing these ridiculous things don't know about that sort of etiquette. I mean, they're the kind who would wear something like this, right?

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Wait a minute.... Are you saying one of the founders of Goog has no fashion sense? What's next, geeks like sci fi and rpg?

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