The story of a bar ban of high-tech glasses is making headlines in the UK.
Sunday's Daily Mail headline read, "Seattle dive bar becomes first to ban Google Glasses over privacy fears."
The Mail reports, "Google Glass isn't even on the market yet but a Seattle dive bar has already banned them from its users ever stepping foot inside."
Seattle’s 5 Point Café posted the Following message to its Facebook page:
"For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And [butt] kickings will be encouraged for violators."
Google Glass is a new product that Google is in the process of developing. The glasses can take photos, video and display information such as maps or social media interactions.
"The 5 Point appeals to a wide variety of people," said 5 Point owner Dave Meinert. "Some of the tech geeks come here, we're close by Amazon [...] It's OK if you wear them. I just don't want them worn inside."
Robert Vincent Bridge wrote, “Hey 5 Point! Congratulations for being ahead of the privacy curve. I fully agree with your rule. Any tips on how to get a 14-y.o. to kick the iPad addiction?”
Josh Swanke wrote, “100% for this ban. Great job 5 point.”
But on the other side, Aaron Kitson wrote, “I think the glasses are pretty stupid. However the ban on the glasses is equally idiotic.”
The reason for the ban? Meinert said it is to preserve his customer’s privacy.
"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," Meinert added. "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."
Google Glass is rumored to be made available late this year.
What do you think of the bar’s decision to ban Google's high-tech glasses? Do you think other public places will or should follow? Would you buy Google Glass? Leave you comments below.
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