It's going to be a while before Google Glass will be available for purchase but the 5 Point Cafe, a Seattle dive bar in close proximity to the city's iconic Space Needle, has already banned the new technology on their premises and last week posted the following message on its Facebook page:
"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."
In an interview with Seattle's KIRO-FM radio station Dave Meinert, the 5 Point's owner, admits that the decision to ban Google Glass is partly driven by concerns about patrons' privacy and partly a humorous publicity stunt:
"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 ... 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."
This first ban has been widely reported and the 5 Point is defending its decision on its Facebook page in quite entertaining fashion. As an occasional patron of the 5 Point I have to say that while the ban is certainly debatable, especially in a tech-town like Seattle, I have to agree that Google Glass definitely doesn't blend well with the 5 Point's general ambiance and style. So for now leave your cyber goggles at home if you want to order a pint or two of Manny's at this Seattle landmark establishment, otherwise you might end up like this guy.
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