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California woman: I was attacked in a Google Glass ‘hate crime’

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 18:07 EDT
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A visitor of the 'NEXT Berlin' conference tries out the Google Glass on April 24, 2013 in Berlin. File photo via AFP.
 
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A California woman said she was attacked at a San Francisco bar and had personal belongings stolen because she was wearing Google Glass eyewear, KPIX-TV reported Monday night.

The alleged victim, tech writer Sarah Slocum, wrote on her Facebook page that the attack took place on Friday while she was at Molotov’s, an establishment in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

“OMG so you’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically asaulted and robbed last night in the city,” Slocum wrote. “[I] had things thrown at me because of some wanker Google Glass haters, then some *bleeeeeeeeeep* tore them off my face and ran out with them then and when I ran out after him his *bleeeeeeep* friends stole my purse, cellphone walet and everything.”

KPIX reported that Slocum was able to recover the $1,500 glasses, but that her purse and phone remain missing. She has since filed a police report and has promised to put pressure on the establishment.

“When the guy tore them off my face and ran outside I was instructing the bouncer or anyone to get his ID [and] they did nothing,” SF Eater quoted her as saying.

One witness, Brian Lester, told KPIX that the crowd at the bar was angered by Slocum using the Glass device’s recording feature while inside the bar.

“She was running around very excited, and people were telling her, ‘You’re being an as*hole, take those glasses off,” Lester said. “I think everybody was just upset that she would be recording outside of a bar this late with obvious embarrassing behavior going on, and just rather insulted that someone thinks it’s okay to record them the entire time they’re in public.”

Slocum was also criticized on her Facebook post for using the eyewear. KPIX reported that she was using the function to show a friend how the glasses worked, but on her page, Slocum said she began recording after another patron used a vulgar gesture toward her.

“What makes this story special is that no one has experienced a hate crime or been targeted for a hate crime, which is what it was, for wearing Google Glass,” Slocum wrote.

Watch KPIX’s report, as posted online, below.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
 
 
 
 
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