A bar in the USA has banned the high-tech gadget, Google Glass, even though the futuristic glasses are not yet available on the market adding to the recent technology gadget ban in the hospitality industry (See: Restaurants in NYC Ban Hipsters From Taking Instagram Photos of Food).
According to Geekwire, the Seattle 5 Point Bar “is getting ahead of the game – and fueling a debate over privacy – by banning the devices from the bar in advance.”
“First you have to understand the culture of the 5 Point, which is a sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place,” Meinert said on KIRO-FM. “People want to go there and be not known…and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.”
The 5 Point posted this message on its Facebook page this week: ”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.”
Part marketing gag, part serious, the 5 Point bar owner says “Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook, and get reaction. But part of it’s serious, because we don’t let people film other people or take photos unwanted of people in the bar, because it is kind of a private place that people go.”
The user reactions were mixed. Dan W. wrote: “Note to self, never go to this establishment. It’s run by xxxxxxx”. while William S. added: “Great for the owner to get ahead of this story. I support this policy and want to see more of it. What a wonderful trend this can be.”
The sophisticated glasses allow users to take pictures and videos as well as share them instantly.
How will other hospitality industry players react. Will the Google glasses be banned by hotel swimming pools? Or high-end restaurants? Perhaps even fast food joints?
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