Friday, May 23, 2014

A Google Glass Feast



Here's a story coming from Feast, the one-plus-year-old restaurant on Third Avenue near East 13th Street.

Feast has enjoyed positive reviews, notching a solid 4 our of 5 stars in the Yelp and Open Table worlds. But last week management noticed 13 recent one-star reviews on Google, which comes up first when you search for Feast.

What happened for this many negative reviews to arrive at once?

Toward the end of last month, Feast said that they had a customer arrive as a walk-in for brunch. She was wearing Google Glass. A few months previously, they had another diner wearing a pair and the restaurant received several comments about privacy from other guests. Restaurant staff asked the person to remove them, and he quickly consented.

So when the other diner came in wearing Google Glass, management asked her to take them off before dining. She refused, and left the restaurant.

"We try to give everyone the best experience possible and she didn't get that," Feast management admitted to us.



On April 20, the diner wrote a post about what happened, which apparently angered some of her 3,000-plus Google+ followers.

Around this time the spate of reviews arrived on Google. Feast looked into this, and discovered that all of the one stars are from people who commented on the diner's original Google+ post. The negative reviews include lines such as: "Ignorant bigots and hateful. Perhaps being illegally discriminate too. The food is irrelevant as the service is less than poor." The reviewer lives in Phoenix.



The Google review of Feast is currently 3.1 out of 5 stars, up from 2.4 the previous week.

"When the first thing that comes up when you search Feast in Google is a 3.1, it can really hurt a restaurant like us. Then you have 13 people, which is about half the total reviews, who have never been to our restaurant let alone live in NYC, leave you one-star reviews … it's malicious and technically a violation of Google's own terms for leaving reviews," the Feast manager said. "Again I can understand her leaving the one-star based on her experience, but 12 others with no experience on who we are or what we do is unfair."

The Feast manager figures this will become an even bigger issue for the food-service industry as Google Glass hits the mainstream.

And for Feast, the restaurant doesn't have a final policy on the matter yet. "The fact is that the policy of asking Google Glass wearers to remove them is based off experience. It's not a policy set in stone so it could very well change."

85 comments:

Anonymous said...

This more or less sums up the type of people that wear google glass...

Anonymous said...

As anyone used the term "yelp lynching" yet? Yelp in theory may be not such a bad idea but in practice it reveals the worst in people. Finicky persons with an axe to grind resort to this passive aggressive behavior and seem to have no empathy for a small business or restaurant. Yelp is a place where cyber bullies can vent their anger anonymously and without any consequence. I have a small business and got a call from a salesperson at Yelp which tried to persuade me to put my business on Yelp. I told her my business was niche and what I sell is not for a 20 year old holding a cell phone demanding something I do not carry and having a bad attitude because he or she was in the wrong place. I encourage any owner of a small business to cut your ties with Yelp before your get Yelped out of business.

Trixie said...

Google glasses are for asses.

ahoy polloi said...

thanks for posting, i am glad to go and give Feast 5 stars saying no to unnecessary technology and their users, the glassholes.

Anonymous said...

Is there a setting on Google Glass that you can toggle off so it doesn't turn you in a mewling baby turd when you put them on?

vzabuser said...

I like the poster's term : Cyber Bully. That's what Google is- the worlds cyber bully. DO NO CROSS THEM. They control you- and are certainly evil.- Remember they took money from BP to push bad stories in BP's opinion about the OIL SPILL in the gulf down away from your eyes - in their search engine.
WHEN MONEY POISONS THE RESULTS OF THE SEARCH ENGINE WE RELY ON NOWADAYS - we are victims.

BagelGuy said...

Technological gadgets have no place in food establishments. I find it sad that many young people can't even begin to fathom the idea of sitting down in a quiet place and relaxing for a few moments while they enjoy a meal. Smell the aromas. Really taste what you're eating. Engage in a conversation . Shut the world down for a few minutes.

Anonymous said...

There is a generation eating in restaurants that has no idea that they are not in their living room (or dorm) but in a public place which has some level of etiquette to follow. Thus generation will never know what privacy is and how important it is to the individual even in a city of 12 million. Would it be okay if I bring a boom box to a restaurant because I don't like their music? How about a small fan because I don't want to smell anyone else's food besides my own? Eating out has suffered miserably since the acceptance of mobile phones, now Glass-holes see themselves as some sort of oppressed class making a mockery of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc... Clueless nerds that look down on anyone that does not put up with their childish behavior.

nygrump said...

BagelGuy - the food is simply entertainment and an excuse to consume alcohol. I told someone the tsunami of booze in the ev is a kind of chemical warfare against young people but they got offended. I thought "all you can drink" specials were illegal, never mind absolutely retarded when they start at noon on a weekend - I should give these kids credit, they are actually behaving quite well considering they are the target of major corporatized dealers of intoxicants. Much like the legal system of Wyoming when it got taken over by the cow rustlers, or the rover towns along the Mississippi got taken over by gambling interests, our system is owned by the alcohol dealers.

marjorie said...

The comments on that woman's original post are just terrifying. One said that what people don't understand is that Glass (I love that the true faithful call it Glass, like Cher) doesn't violate other people's privacy because privacy doesn't exist! The glassholes really do sound like a cult, and like horrible, horrible people.

Jill W. said...

Anon 8:04 nails it. I've seen the yelp lynching happen to a friend, and it is ugly. From yelp's side, it's pure extortion.

Meanwhile Feast is actually getting good publicity out of this. I'd never heard of them, and now I have, so...

Anonymous said...

Great, a glimpse into our hellish dystopian future. Maybe we will need Jim Crow laws to segregate the google glass users from non-users. Because I foresee nothing but friction over those stupid things. Restaurants and other businesses might start to ban them (understandably), but then that will lead to blowback from viral googlephiliacs and then it's gonna be a whole thing.

The google glasses have impressive capabilities but lets face it they represent a huge step closer to the robotization of the human species. Some might welcome a systematic dehumanization of course. I remain torn.

Anonymous said...

Can I punch someone in the face wearing Google glasses? Cos I feel at least that's what would've happened about 25 years ago in this town.

Anonymous said...

It's frustrating that all of these "Glass" supporters are posting these ridiculous reviews...however on the other hand you have to be very whiny to complain to management if someone has google glass on and is minding their own business at a restaurant.

I just feel bad that Feast gets stuck in the middle of this

Charlie Chen said...

If Feast can't get Google to do something about these reviews, Feast should seriously file a small claims suit. No lawyers required (low cost), and relatively quick decisions. And it will get Google's attention because they have to send their corporate lawyers and would rather settle by doing something as simple as removing reviews.

Anonymous said...

Glassholes have been evicted from movie theaters because of the likelihood of recording the movie for upload to torrent sites. G Glass is not protected under any law that I know of in regards to the "right" to wear recording devices in a privately owned business. You cannot take pictures in most museum as an example. For defenders of Glass wearers think about a restaurant using your likeness in advertisement without your permission, someone recording your private conversation without your knowledge, etc.. If I took out my phone and scanned a busy restaurant taking pictures or video would this be considered acceptable behavior and would not customers be outraged by this invasion of privacy? Laws are always behind advances in technology and social etiquette lags in this regards as well until the offenders get a clue of their anti-social behavior.

JAZ said...

If one of these glassholes walks into a restaurant's bathroom with them on, can the restaurant have them arrested?

i.rene said...

I'd love to see what happens if a Glasshole goes to Momofuku Ko...

Anonymous said...

I personally would not go to a nice place to eat, If I had to deal with a technological douchebag and their insistence of annoying the crap out of other diners with talking or twitching their heads like they had a nervous tick to prove what a tech savvy a**hole they are. Feast and its no "Glass" policy may now become my new favorite place to eat.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Feast -- Thanks. I live around the corner, but have only been in once. I will be in next week, and many more. Sorry, though, I don't write reviews so can't help your rating.

Anonymous said...

She left. She posted about it, but didn't say anything untoward against the restaurant. Other people making comments on a review site due to their perspective of someone's objective experience for their own agenda... oh wait, that's what all these anti-Glass comments are. Well done, internets!

Anonymous said...

i'm amused by the luddite mob here complaining about another mob, unironically.

Anonymous said...

You're right nygrump, perhaps we should bring back prohibition. Or go further still and ban music and dancing, like the Taliban! You realize nobody is forced to drink anything, right?

Anonymous said...

The Google Glass wearer seems to lack basic etiquette. If the restaurant was polite about it, then it seems especially petty to drag them down with bad reviews via other Google wearers who have not even dined at the restaurant.

Anonymous said...

I'm amused by people who lump all with reservations about Google Glass into the luddite category. Some of us have years of experience with computer & Internet technology, hence the reservations.

Anonymous said...

Feast is just another trendy restaurant that opened in the EV catering mostly to the moneyed transients. One needs to wear a Google glass to tolerate the place and the people screaming fir attention while stuffing their faces with those pretentious menu.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember when Google used to promote themselves with the line "We're not evil"?

Not THAT"s funny.

- East Villager

Anonymous said...

No it doesn't. The first one took her glasses off. But it reflects how bad some Google fanboys are.

Anonymous said...

Keep booting them. I will eat at Feast the next time I am in NYC, which is in September.

Anonymous said...

This is the restaurant I will eat at when in NYC.

Anonymous said...

I think there should be a designated Glasshole ghetto - someplace they can all be with jerks exactly like themselves, and leave the rest of us in peace.

Carlos Medeiros said...

I wouldn't make such a big generalization. If you want to forbid Google glass fine. But you also should forbid cell phones.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see the proprietor be more decisive and up front with a policy. Here's your discreet sign posted at the entrance: "Out of respect for the concerns of our customers, we will not admit diners wearing Google Glass"

Anonymous said...

I think an anti-retaliatory Feast reviewing is in order, along the lines of the countering protestor-trolls antithetical to the Westboro Baptist madness.

Anonymous said...

Jim Crow laws? It's technology and food we're talking abolut here. Not the subjugation of an entire group of people.

Walter said...

If I owned a restaurant, any Google glasses, cell-phones, tablets of any persuasion would be strictly prohibited. Some activities should not be interfered with, like having dinner in a public place. Of course, the horse has left the barn already.

Charles Cortes said...

Wow, I am mind blown by the ignorance spewed all over the comments on this post. Most of you probably know nothing about Google Glass yet you speak like experts.

Let me educate you on that one point about Glass in theaters. For starters Glass does not have enough battery juice to record an entire movie. It currently last on average 30 minutes recording video, most movies average an hour and a half so unless you have 3 pairs of Glass and plan on video editing the 3 recordings together this alone destroys your ignorance. But I will take it further, only an idiot would use an obvious device like Glass to record a movie illegally. People who record these movie don't have camcorders sitting on tripods in case you didn't know.

But this is the least ignorant opinion on here. The mere fact that i can use my cellphone to record more than 30 minutes of video without anyone even noticing and then upload it to Youtube is a worse privacy issue yet the ignorant lot of you never consider that because odds are you all have smartphones with cameras that you use all the time.

Its pretty sad when we live in a world where technology is part of reality but people pick on one product and act as if they never use any other tech in their lives and thus have the smarter opinion to bash that one tech product.

You all need to grow up, get a clue and maybe even go back to school and get a proper education. You have more chances of privacy violations from the security cams within these very establishments you defend and the smartphones in everyone's pocket and purses than you do a single person with Glass. God forbid you'd be smart enough to realize that, specially in new York of all places.

Crazy Eddie said...

Sir Charles. “Most of you probably know nothing about Google Glass yet you speak like experts.” “You all need to grow up, get a clue and maybe even go back to school and get a proper education." "in new York of all places.” Yes, you are such an advanced techie with a “proper education“. Ever hear of spell check? Busted! Its f**king New York! Your arrogance precedes you. You’re out of your league here.

Anonymous said...

The lack of etiquette/commonsense is not limited to glassh@les, but they do represent the bleeding edge, for me. I am continually surprised how many people feel entitled to watch television on their phones in full-service restaurants lately. It is not at all different from another comment's imagined case of bringing a boombox. Just staggeringly rude and narcissistic. The next time I'm in NY, I think I'll try to a trip to Feast. The line must be drawn somewhere.

Jason Lukaszewski said...

This goes to show how badly google needs to do a heavy PR campaign just like they are on the door steps of congress. People are not recording you. People have lives in need to was 12 GB on us less video

Anonymous said...

How bout this:
"Anyone entering this establishment with Google glasses will be photographed and asked to sit in the Google section."

Matt M. said...

The great irony is that Feast, like every other restaurant in the US, probably has security cameras installed throughout its facility so that it can record every person that comes in and sits at any table in the building.

Volkai | Alex said...

Look at it this way: would you have a problem with a restaurant asking you to power off your phone?

Google Glass is basically a smartphone with a different form factor.

Anonymous said...

@Matt M

The difference is that patrons of Feast have a fair expectation of how restaurant CCTV is used.

Google Glass users aren't using their gadgets for the security of staff and other patrons.

Giovanni said...

These GoogleglASSES an intrusion on privacy much more so than cellphones or security cameras. You can't record or photograph everyone you look at in a public place with a cellphone or a camera without being very obvious about it. And security cameras have proven their value so let's not go there.

With GoogleglASS all you need to do is look in anyones direction and record anything they are doing. Pedophiles, perverts and stalkers will love these things, especially the guys who get busted every day for taking upskirt photos at the Union Square subway station

You GoogleglASS fans may not mind posting naked and embarrassing selfies (hello Geraldo Rivera and Anthony Weiner, two future GoogleglASS users) but the rest of us do.

How would you like your wife, sister, mother , daughter or child recorded and stalked, and their up skirt pics posted online? Or maybe you enjoy that kind of thing?

Domestic violence victims also do not want to be photographed and tagged online. Why do other people think it's their duty to identify and tag other people on Facebook without asking their permission? And why does Facebook allow it?

The fact that there is such huge public resistance to these ASSES should show Google they need a better idea than this.

How about a GoogleDildo, that posts an update every time the user climaxes, or fails to. With pictures and a GPS location. Or GoogleCondom, which records the duration of the event, the length of the erection, and the size of the load? And automatically posts the info on your parents Facebook page? Those would be less intrusive than GoogleglASS, at least then you would know you're being watched.

John said...

I have Google Glass. It's a cool, albeit nerdy, toy. Here is what the EV looks like through it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdDYN7XCBr0

Would I wear it to a restaurant or a bar? Of course not, especially in New York where personal space is small and precious. Even on the street, as above, seems to be stretching it as far as I would want to go. Arguments about its equivalence to phones or its short battery life are missing the point. Transformative things are not transformative because their technologies are radically new. One day soon, it will likely be socially acceptable to wear these technologies in restaurants. Now it is not. This is not a big deal. Even waiting to ask for it to be removed strikes me as thoughtless. People who compare the issue with disability rights or any other human rights issue, or even worse, throw tantrums when asked to remove it by staff, are the reason I am somewhat embarrassed to wear it. They are spoiled, entitled, emotionally immature babies. Sorry on their behalf.

Legitimate Golf said...

I don't like this discussion. It does not bode well for the future.

Anonymous said...

If I was asked to remove glass, I would also ask that all other smartphones be under the same policy. The camera on glass is shit compared to the rest of the smartphone market. You could be recording me ( why does everyone think people want to record them?) and even zoom in just as easy with a smartphone. So if I was ask to remove the deceive yet the asshole next to me is just texting his ass off, then yea I'd be a little pissed off too. Just my honest opinion.

Justin Strachan said...

Privacy at a restaurant but not rioting in the streets over FISA. So many double standards in the first world.

Scott Morrison said...

Thank you Feast for protecting your patrons privacy and improving their dining experience in you restaurant. You did the right thing and I applaud you. I'm going to write this same comment on Yelp.

Anonymous said...

Some of you kids that are pro-Glass will not know this but in the mid-90's cell phones were not allowed in a good restaurant. If you phone rang a waiter would be on you like a fly on shit asking you to leave the floor and go to a lounge area. A generation later there is absolutely no place on earth except the White House where people feel its their right to take out a phone and film, photograph, made a call or text oblivious of the social situation and cultural norms. Glass does record video and stills as well as audio and it can do this without being detected by the subject quite easily. Did your parents allow you to bring you toys to the Thanksgiving table when you were 10? When adults get together in a social situation with strangers as in a restaurant, most adults know that some behavior will piss off other so they comply with the group and put their obsessive behavior aside for a couple of hours. Being smug and telling us old geezers how clueless we are about technology which has been around for years but is now crammed into a pair of (I wouldn't be seen dead in those) glasses is nothing new just repackaging of some old ideas. Rude people will always have excuses for why they do not need to follow simple etiquette that's why we call you Glass-holes.

Anonymous said...

That's one restaurant I won't be visiting when in the city. If it's filled with the type of technologically backwards people like those in these comments that don't realize they're more likely to be recorded by the smartphones around them than Glass then its not the place I'd want to be. No amount of atmosphere and good dining can make up for being surrounded by people that can't think for themselves.

GLASS ??? said...

Well, having played with Glass for a short period, I think the privacy issues are really moot. It is much easier to take unauthorized photos in much higher resolution with any smart phone. There are pens which can take 5 hours of video from your shirt pocket. Micro cameras that can be mounted anywhere. Security cameras are in clocks, sprinkler heads, anywhere, everywhere. Not to mention regular cameras with big zoom lenses. Taking an upskirt shot with Glass would be pretty bold.

Glass is little more than a smart watch mounted to your head. Using it for directions, local information, news updates, messaging etc. is convenient. Ask a glass user to mirror the display for you on their cell phone, or try it on. You'll probably say "no big deal".

Welsh Elf said...

First world problem.
When smartphone s first came out there was privacy concerns then. In a feew years glass may be the norm.
Just think this restaurant was unluck and cought up between two views. Good Luck to feast

Anonymous said...

Ok I know I am showing my ignorance, but why complaints of privacy invasion? I have taken my computer w/me to many restaurants and no complaints of invasion of privacy...so why is this google glass different?..and how is it used w/o using hands to type?

Anonymous said...

Personally, I would leave negative reviews for any place that allows Glassholes in their establishment. The last thing I want when I'm trying to have a nice meal with my wife is some idiot wearing Glass at the table next to me. Leave your spycam at home or find some trendy spot that welcomes you.

Anonymous said...

You have no reasonable expectation of privacy in a public restaurant. The courts have ruled that numerous times.

There are several problems here. A general misunderstanding on what and how glass works. Privacy law. The right of a restaurant to set policy. And glass holes. Not all of us who own glass would care. I take mine off if asked. I don't go on a personal crusade to defame. Really the restaurant may have legal standing if they feel it had harmed their business.

Anonymous said...

You don't have a reasonable expectation of privacy in a public place, and recording anything in public that could be viewed or overheard by the naked eye or ear is not an invasion of privacy. This applies to sidewalks, public parks, streets, subways, etc. Obvious recording in such places, like obvious staring or eavesdropping, may be rude but it isn't illegal.

But restaurants are not exactly public places. They are privately owned establishments. The owners or proprietors can make whatever rules they like, including rules against photography or recording.

That said, I think the paranoia surrounding google glass is silly. The technology seems a bit more obvious than far more intrusive surveillance and recording that people already live with, so people react to glass while they treat far more invasive surveillance with equanimity. And if your conversation is audible to people at other tables in a restaurant, you've forfeited a bit of privacy already - other people can hear you, so they can easily record you. A cell phone in a jacket pocket works better than glass for voice recordings. If you want privacy, go to a private place.

The posters who compared wearing google glass to upskirting miss an obvious point: cameras used to upskirt must be maneuvered in such a way as to see up skirts. A glass wearer would have to assume some pretty obvious supine or bent over positions: google glass only "sees" in the direction one gazes.

Anonymous said...

Another poster said this:

"There is a generation eating in restaurants that has no idea that they are not in their living room (or dorm) but in a public place which has some level of etiquette to follow. Thus generation will never know what privacy is and how important it is to the individual even in a city of 12 million."

The fact that you are NOT in your living room cuts BOTH WAYS. You have less expectation of privacy in a place shared with strangers than you do in your living room. Outside of your living room, strangers might see and hear you, and you have to put up with a certain amount of that. If it is a violation of etiquette to obviously stare, eavesdrop, or record, it is also a violation of etiquette to demand the same level of privacy you enjoy in your living room. You can only be so touchy about telling people to look away from you, to not use glasses or electronic devices, etc. In public, you get seen by others. Deal with that and act accordingly.

Anonymous said...

You tape cell phones to your forehead?

Giovanni said...

Not being an expert on taking up-skirt photos I will take your word for it. It seems like a perfect way to take other shots without being noticed, including down blouse, side boob, camel toe shots while sitting on a bus or subway, and for those Glass users with their heads up their asses, butt shot selfies.

The issue is not just about privacy, but about asking for permission, and about displaying good etiquette towards those who are just not as technologically advanced as your species.

When out in public wear them all you want, but if a business or facility has a policy against recording or wearing them, it's best to just comply and the dispute is over. And don't go on Yelp to whine about it,that just creates more problems for everyone.

In time the GoogleBrainChip will be recording all our thoughts anyway, but for now its best to be polite until we simple people can get used to the idea.

Kim Wilson said...

The way I see it its a form of discrimination. You assume a superior position over others. I think the complainers can order out.

Anonymous said...

Charles Cortes, it's sad that we live in a society where people are as socially inept as you and yours.

I, for one, certainly don't need an education regarding technology because I never demanded an explanation to being with. Maybe you and your wife get off your butts and exercise a bit? But I digress...

Look beyond your own nose and realize that there are people who like and appreciate simple human contact without the use of cell phones, ipods, etc? Get over yourself, dude.

Anonymous said...



The way I see it its a form of discrimination. You assume a superior position over others. I think the complainers can order out.
May 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

I think the glassholes should get their Mommies to buy them some more ramen noodles...

Anonymous said...

"but the glass battery only lasts 30 minutes so what are you worried about?"

Point taken, Glass is lame, limited and expensive. Future versions won't be.

"But I could be taking the same video with my cellphone!"

Sure, you go ahead and try waving your phone around as if you're fliming constantly. See how long you last before you are asked politely to put it away - just like you are with glass.

Or try sticking a GoPro Hero on your head next time you visit a restaurant. Why wouldn't you do that if you insist on wearing Glass at the table? Only those with something to hide object to being filmed, right? Right?

Glassholes simply lack manners.

Anonymous said...

discrimination ?? It is a private business. If they do not want Glass in their place of business that is their choice.

And for the guy that said he doesn't want to be around people that can not think for themselves. Please remember it was Google that said our users want us to tell them what to do. Talk about not thinking for yourselves. The Google fanboys....the most ignorant of them all.

Anonymous said...

If I were the restaurant owner, I would have simply had one of my employees sit in a chair facing the google glass wearer with a video camera trained on her for her entire meal. Perhaps this would give her an inkling of what the customers who oppose are feeling

Anonymous said...

More like someone with their phone out and the rear camera potentially facing you... but instead of being able to press a button and have only a beep notify me that recording has started, they have to tap their phone and say "Okay phone, start recording" like a jackass, likely several times if the restaurant is noisy. Google Glass is much more than just a recording device and from what I hear it is a pretty poor recording device thanks to battery life.

Anonymous said...

Perfect response. Had I read yours first I wouldn't have bothered with mine.

Anonymous said...

Restaurant aside, why would any of her dining companions want her to wear it during a meal? Is she incapable of focusing on one thing at a time? Is their company not interesting enough? Rude behavior is rude behavior regardless of the technology.

i was waiting for someone at the Old Town and saw 4 people sitting in a booth, every one of them on their phones. Being social with the people around you must be for luddites now.

Anonymous said...

This is not about google's recording eyewear that semiotically becomes 'other', than simply not allowing patrons to inhabit your establishment with digicams pasted to their temples the size of your paradigms.

Anonymous said...

That story only shows 1 bad apple who uses Google glass. No the people shouldn't have posted all those bad reviews because of her. However how is wearing those really such a bad privacy concern. Anyone could do far more with their cell phone than Google glass in terms of invading privacy or whatever excuse they come up with.

If I were to wear them people could freak out like in this story but no one would say one word if I held my cell phone up and recorded a couples whole meal I no one would know the difference. So before worrying about people using Google glass in a restaurant or any public place think about that first before complaining.

Anonymous said...

No but people wouldn't think twice about someone using their cell phone and you can so a LOT more with their phone than Google glass.

Kayleigh in Baltimore said...

Yeah, F that.

I have and wear Glass.
When a restaurant or business wants them off, I take them off.
When someone asks they be removed in a situation, I take them off.
When a restaurant bans Glass, rather than being a whining little baby, I, wait for it, take them off.

All this handwaving about cell phones that the Glassholes are engaging in? BS. You're obviously recording with a cell phone. Glass...it's a little trickier, especially as there's a significant cadre of creeps who've disconnected the LED. Mine stays connected as I occasionally need to record where I have explicit legal authorization to do so.

For the record, you don't have explicit authorization to do so within any business. Glasshole shouldn't be and isn't a protected class.

The issue here rests squarely on the Glass user. You can behave and be awesome...or you can be a Glasshole. When you choose that path, you're being a jerk, but you're also making us all look bad. When you get your little Glasshole posse to write fake reviews, you're being a jerk and a whiny baby.

As for Feast, I'll make sure to drop y'all some ducats next I'm in the city. With my Glass in my purse, where it belongs when a restaurant or other business asks you not to use them. I'm sorry about the Glassholes, but please don't let their bullying (which Google knows damn well about and should fix by deleting fake reviews, btw) let you waver in your commitment to what your diners want.

A little bit of low-tech human kindness goes a long way. It seems the Glasshole that started this landslide has none, but it's never too late to learn.

Anonymous said...

All of this is bullsht because there is no more privacy anymore first off. Second google glasses are the same as any new technological advancement. Soon enough its going to be implanted into the human body. All in all, people take sht too seriously! These restaurant reviews left by people are sometimes overexaggerated. For example, "they brought me a diet coke i ask for a regular coke. 1 star for messing that up but the food was delicious." You ask yourself, the fcuk?

bkp100 said...

Spending $1,500 on the latest techno-bauble, and not able to flaunt it around? Must be terribly frustrating for the priss and pretentious...

Romulus said...

Gotta love conservatards bitching about privacy. It was *their* President that sent us down our current path of universal surveillance, detention without charge, and government data mining, but they sure kept their stupid mouths shut when their guy was in charge. Suddenly on January 20 2009 they all of a sudden noticed all this shit going on and refused to take any responsibility for their own part in it.

I can't walk down a public street these days without a government OR private business camera recording my every move, but these ignoramuses are complaining about a private citizen with a camera on their face? You should be thankful you can actually see the camera. Here's a protip for the troglodytes: ANYONE ACTUALLY TRYING TO FILM YOU SECRETLY WON'T HAVE AN OBVIOUS, VISIBLE CAMERA, IT WILL BE HIDDEN AND YOU WON'T EVEN KNOW IT'S THERE. That technology has been around for nearly half a century at this point. Never mind smartphones. Cameras in glasses frames, cameras in pens, cameras in CAR KEY FOBS for chrissakes. Unless you're home, and perhaps even if you are, most of the people reading this probably have a camera filming you RIGHT NOW.

But yeah, take your insecurity out on the person with the new technology completely out in the open, because it's smart humans who fear everything new and ignore everything old that is doing the exact same thing.

Anonymous said...

Romulus, Have you ever seen Surveillance Camera Man?

Anonymous said...

"Glassholes": just remove the "G" and the "L" and you got it right.

Jeff Allen said...

Absolute intolerance from these people. The divide only gets wider. Someone asks for common respect and privacy and these techie goofy people get so offended as to trash the place? Sad little people.

Anonymous said...

I bet you were a spoiled toddler

ElitesEngineering said...

WE won guys.

Retarded Google Glass people < Smart People.

Anonymous said...

Ok. Let me simply put aside your very general assumption that all Google Glass wearers are "Glass-holes" and focus solely on what the device is actually able to do and how it affects you the other person in public... You ready for this? It doesn't. You're anologies are outlandish. Not only is glass not invading a single bit of your privacy, but also it is simply outrageous for you to be so "attack ready" at someone only because they are wearing Glass. 99% of explorers could give 2 shits (excuse the language) about recording you eating. We simply don't. We don't care. Get over it. It would be like you ordering to leave your restraunt because my jacket has stripes rather than plaid and you don't like having stripes near you. Glass is not just a recording software and peice of technology. It is instead an amazing peice of tech that allows you to search the web, communicate with people much easier, experience the real world and the tech world in cohesion.... With a camera on the side if you'd like to use it. It isn't set to record 24/7. Are you so abrasive to someone pointing a cell phone's back to you? If not then why are you with glass?

Rationalminds said...

You cannot ask people to remove an accessory that just happens to be a peace of technology. People have the right to wear whatever they want. I do not condone the way a few glass explores went about expressing their frustration with the restaurant. However, I do understand their frustration with the paranoia serrounding Glass. This technology is everywhere . If someone wanted to record you, they wouldn't need Glass to do it, they could use the multitude of devices already out there and without you ever knowing about it. This fear of Glass has more to do with the people making the complaints. They are uncomfortable with how they appear to others either because of their own behavior or self perception. Glass just happens to make that fact clearer than it would otherwise appear. You are in a public space people are already looking at you, if you are uncomfortable being in your own skin than maybe you should reevaluate why Glass makes you so uncomfortable.

nygrump said...

I love all these anonymous people arguing on behalf of google glass. "WE NEED MORE SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY" is their inner gestapo speaking. The rehabbed Hitler and Stalin are waiting just around the corner, with their flip flops and cell phone. These anonymous technofestishists will be there preserving and profiting from the forces of Repression. They'll also being enjoying some nice cancers courtesy of Fukushima, but we don't talk about that in polite company.