A woman who says she was "assaulted and robbed" for wearing Google Glass in a San Francisco, California, bar told HLN Saturday she wouldn't do anything different relating to the incident, which has gone viral online and become to some degree the latest sign of a techie backlash.
"I don't know. One thought that came to mind was that I never should have gone to the city," Sarah Slocum, a social media consultant, said over email. "Another thought was that maybe I never should have gone into that bar ... it was very late and near last call."
San Francisco police told HLN Friday that they are investigating the incident, but they currently do not have a suspect.
Slocum posted on Facebook last weekend that she was "verbally and physically assaulted and robbed" outside the Lower Haight bar, Molotov's, the night before because she was wearing Google Glass, the popular tech spectacles that can interact online and record video.
She wrote that she “had things thrown at me because of some wanker Google Glass haters, then some *bleeeeeeeeeep* tore them off my face and ran out with them then and when I ran out after him his *bleeeeeeep* friends stole my purse, cellphone wallet and everything.”
Slocum said she was able to recover her glasses and even managed to upload to YouTube a quick clip purportedly preceding the incident. In the video, you can see people trying to shield her lens from recording them.
HLN requested a copy of the police report of the incident, but San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said, “the report is not public.” He did confirm that “no one is in custody,” as of Friday evening.
On Slocum’s FB page, where much of what she alleges has been questioned, the tone is a lot more serious.
“Assault is never OK,” says commenter Christina K. “People should have the freedom to wear something like Google Glass in public and not be ganged up on.”
HLN affiliate KPIX reported that it spoke to a bartender at Molotov’s who said he was shocked at the incident. But a bystander told the TV station “the crowd at Molotov’s is not a tech-oriented crowd for the most part. It’s probably one of the more punk bars in the city,” he said, “so it’s not really Google Glass country.”
Another man, who told the station that he was in the bar that night and saw what happened, said, “I think everyone was just upset that she would be recording outside of a bar this late with obviously embarrassing behavior going on around her, and just rather insulted that someone thinks it’s OK to record them the entire time they’re in public.”