Well, it happened. Someone wore Google Glass into a restaurant and that restaurant ended up ejecting the patron over his headgear.
The Seattle-based restaurant in question is owned by the same person who previously banned Google Glass in his bar, The 5 Point Café. That apparently extends to his restaurant, Lost Lake, too.
"We recently had to ask a rude customer to leave because of their insistence on wearing and operating Google Glasses inside the restaurant. So for the record, here's Our Official Policy on Google Glass," reads a post on the Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge's Facebook page.
"We kindly ask our customers to refrain from wearing and operating Google Glasses inside Lost Lake. We also ask that you not videotape anyone using any other sort of technology. If you do wear your Google Glasses inside, or film or photograph people without their permission, you will be asked to stop, or leave. And if we ask you to leave, for God's sake, don't start yelling about your 'rights'. Just shut up and get out before you make things worse."
Thanks to the power of Facebook, we have a glimpse of the altercation from the point of view of the ejected customer. It picks up shortly after an employee tells Nick Starr and his partner that Google Glass isn't allowed at the restaurant.
"I inform her that I am well aware of the policy at The 5 Point Cafe but asked to see where it was policy for Glass to be disallowed at Lost Lake. She said she couldn't provide any and when asked to speak with management she stated she was the night manager. I again inform her that the two venues are different and have different policies. She refuses and I leave," Starr wrote.
"As we are leaving Brian points out that on the menu they state 'Post photos on our website via Instagram by using #LostLake.' So how is an establishment which is REQUESTING photos be taken, not allow me to bring a device which takes photos and can post to Instagram," he adds.
Of course, there's a little controversy over whether said establishment has the right to boot Glass-wearing individuals. Spoiler: They do. According to Findlaw, an establishment can boot a person for sitting around and not buying anything. "Public accommodation laws in most states, including California, prevent businesses from using a person's race, sex, or even height and weight to turn them away for assuming they will not pay," the site said.
While lollygagging is a bit different than Glass-wearing, the principle is the same: So long as the boot isn't the result of the patron belonging to some kind of protected class, then it's likely permissible (as in, legal).
One could argue, however, that wearing Google Glass carries with it no greater threat than, say, holding one's phone up in the air and pretending to surf the Web when one's actually taking a clandestine photograph of another patron. Same principle. Perhaps a smartphone is just a bit easier to notice?