Seattle bar steps up as first to ban Google glasses

Mar 8, 2013, 11:43 AM | Updated: 12:33 pm
A Seattle bar says once Google Glass comes out, it won’t be welcome in their establishment. (...
A Seattle bar says once Google Glass comes out, it won't be welcome in their establishment. (AP Photo/file)
(AP Photo/file)

They’re not even available for purchase yet, but a Seattle bar has already said a new tech accessory from Google will not be allowed at their establishment.

Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe posted a message to their Facebook page saying:

“For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And [butt] kickings will be encouraged for violators.”

Google Glass is a new product Google is developing. The eyewear can take pictures, video and display info like mapping directions and social conversations on the small eye viewer.

5 Point owner Dave Meinert acknowledges Seattle is a techie town and sooner or later folks around here will be walking around with the new shades.

“The 5 Point appeals to a wide variety of people,” says Meinert. “Some of the tech geeks come here, we’re close by Amazon […] It’s OK if you wear them. I just don’t want them worn inside.”

His main reason for the ban has to do with preserving patrons’ privacy.

“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,” says Meinert, who says patrons of The 5 Point certainly don’t want to be secretly videotaped.

“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.”

Google Glass is not available for sale yet, but reports say the specs will be available for purchase by the end of 2013.

Watch Google Video – Google Glass: How it feels:

Local News

...
L.B. Gilbert

How your donations support Treehouse’s Holiday Magic program

It's Giving Tuesday and in that spirit, KIRO Newsradio's 34th Annual Holiday Magic campaign to support foster kids has arrived.
12 hours ago
Snow...
Bill Kaczaraba

More snow possible around western Washington this afternoon

Snow showers are hitting Seattle this morning. Meteorologists are predicting as much as 2 inches of snow in downtown Seattle.
12 hours ago
Alaska Airlines...
Sam Campbell

100 flights cancelled out of Sea-Tac in anticipation of snow

As Western Washington prepares for snow, more than 100 flights have been canceled in and out of Sea-Tac. Most of them are Alaska Airlines flights.
12 hours ago
schools...
KIRO Newsradio Newsdesk

Several schools delayed, closed as winter storms approach

School districts across Western Washington are making schedule changes to prepare for the upcoming winter weather projected this afternoon.
12 hours ago
Police stepping up patrols after Everett shootings (Photo from KIRO 7)...
Deborah Horne, KIRO 7 News

Stepped up police patrols after violent weekend in south Everett neighborhood

A North Sound neighborhood is on edge after a holiday weekend of gun violence including a dramatic crash and a death.
12 hours ago
Holiday flight problems at SEA (Photo from KIRO 7)...
Graham Johnson, KIRO 7 News

SEA security lines stretched into parking garage two mornings in a row

Security lines briefly stretched into the parking garage on both Sunday and Monday mornings at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
12 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Swedish Cyberknife 900x506...

June is Men’s Health Month: Here’s Why It’s Important To Speak About Your Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men in the United States, on average, die five years earlier than women.
Seattle bar steps up as first to ban Google glasses