Now there’s video of that confrontation over Google Glass in an S.F. bar

Sarah Slocum, the Google Glass enthusiast who ran into an angry backlash at a San Francisco bar last week, has shared a short video of her experience that shows a little more of what happened, although the full picture still isn’t completely clear.

The video, which Slocum made with Glass and posted this week on YouTube, shows some angry patrons confronting her at Molotov’s in the Haight. It’s a short clip; Slocum shared more with KRON television, which aired more of it this week.

Slocum has said she frequently wears the device when she goes out because she wants to introduce it to people who haven’t yet tried the technology. She has said she was having a friendly exchange with a bar patron when some other customers started harassing her.

On her YouTube page, Slocum wrote that “after being verbally accosted and flicked off” by one woman, “I turned on the video, and after I told them I was doing so they got pissed off and came after me.”

In the longer clip that aired on KRON, the woman who accosted Slocum can be heard to say, “You’re killing the city.” That suggests the patrons were channeling some of the anti-tech sentiment, possibly augmented by booze, that’s emerged in certain San Francisco neighborhoods where longtime residents have resented an influx of Silicon Valley workers.

It also looks like Slocum’s decision to announce that she was recording, apparently in the hope it would make them back off, may have instead fanned the flames in an already heated situation.

Slocum adds: “Unfortunately, I had not extended the video so it cuts out after 10 seconds. Here you can see them – two people, a male and a female – trying to block the camera. The guy waving his hands in my face here later rips the Google Glasses off my face and ran out of the bar.”

She got her Glass back but has not recovered her purse and phone, which she says were also stolen at the bar.

Here’s the YouTube clip:

And here’s the longer report from KRON:

(Screen grab from Sarah Slocum YouTube post)




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  • disqus_oQZtqgFk9u

    and apparently, it was HER friend who threw the first punch. People should have the right not to be filmed, she should have respected that

  • Steve Hammill

    What did she expect walking into a bar wearing that device?
    Ms. Slocum got exactly what she deserved with the exception of the theft. I’m surprised the patrons did not step on the glass and render it dead.

    A technology as invasive as Google Glass will generate a lot of trouble. These explorers must remember that real explorers risked poison darts, arrows, spears, swords, and guns as they explored.

    The trouble is only beginning.

    I’ll go out on a limb and predict that dozens of glass wearers will be beaten and killed as this thing propagates into the consumer market of the US.

    Go into a bar, take off the glass; problem solved.

  • joepoet

    She said “They shield themself as if I was recording them. It wasn’t on and I wasn’t using it.” Hmm.. the camera must have been on by accident then. How would people know and be assured the camera and mic are not on, so their privacy is not intruded? She must have provided a copy of this recorded video to the news media without consent of those being video recorded. Poor judegment and jounalism for airing it and for adding the opinion asking people to get used to it.

  • Albert Bourgess

    ‘i literally kept saying oh my god i can’t believe this’ uh..what an idiot…no body cares how it works nor do they need to understand it when you videotape them without their consent as they made it very clear…shut the damn thing off in private locales and yes, that includes a bar, its a violation of privacy regardless of your belief in the product or its use…typical ‘social media’ worker…too bad someone didn’t hurl a glass bottle at her…

  • joepoet

    Watching the 2nd video, it is apparent that the camera was already recording before the patrons started noticing it. The Glass is operated by voice recognition speech sound commands, and usually such device do not work well in noisy environment like the bar. I speculate the camera was activated long before she entered the bar. So what she said may not be truthful.

    The way that the media reported this story says this has to do with the recent resentment of some toward Google. I don’t think that is true. It is just some people trying to protect their own privacy.

    She said that this technology can be used to prevent conflict… I think she meant that with the power to take away other people’s privacy without consent, and the threat to publish it on public media such as TV and social media, she can have her way.

  • LB City Girl

    Restaurants and bars will simply have to make these unwelcome in their establishments. Consumers will simply have to boycott the establishments that allow google glass.

    • Les Ismore

      Sort of like LGBT folks in AZ?

      • Livy4506

        ??!??! More like no smoking or pets or wearing a shirt in a restaurant, or turning off your cell phone in a movie.

  • wrestlefan01

    ban smart phones as well.people pull them out in bars and record people.the ones whining would pull their phones out to record an unsuspecting person in a heart beat.

    • Robert

      Watch that and tell me again how you want to defend her.

  • Swooper

    I have to say that what I don’t like about technology is really messed up sites like this one that are taking 20 minutes to load, when every other site I have visited loads immediately. Man, you guys really need some tech help badly.