With the advancement of technology and social media, privacy is becoming more and more of a concern. Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, believes that privacy is something that will be harder and harder to maintain. As items that could be used to easily violate privacy, like Google Glass, become more prominent, it will be interesting to see the reaction they get, because already, there is some backlash.
Lost Lake Café, one of the newer diners in Seattle area, is making ripples in the ocean of tech news after asking a man named Nick Starr to either take off his Google Glass or leave. Starr put up a bit of a fight, and then later went on to rant about the situation on Facebook, because he felt that it was not specifically outlined in the restaurant’s policy.
Lost Lake Café is co-owned by David Meinert, who also owns The 5 Point Café, which has already made news with its ban of Google Glass as well. Starr said that he was “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 [the server] 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 also went on to whine about how he was unhappy with the server and even went so far as to ask for her to be fired, which we feel is incredibly ridiculous, since he could have also just taken off the Google Glass and had his meal. We understand that Starr probably likes this Glass and wanted to wear it, but if other people in the restaurant feel uncomfortable with the potential of the device — which is why we assume it was banned in the first place — then get off your damn horse and be nice.
The other co-owner of Lost Lake Café, Jason Lajeunesse, also agrees with this point. “It’s about privacy,” he said. “It’s one thing to take out a camera and capture a moment, people see you doing it, they have a chance to step out if the want to. With glass people don’t have a chance to do that. We want our customers to feel comfortable, not like they’re being watched.”