Google Glass won’t be available to consumers for months, but there s at least one Seattle bar where the eyewear will not be welcome. The 5 Point, a self-described dive bar in Seattle s Belltown neighborhood, posted a notice to its Facebook page this week telling Glass Explorers looking to grab a pint that they will need to remove their $1,500 spectacles.
“For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses,” the post reads. “And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators.”
“I m a thought leader,” deadpanned Dave Meinert, the bar s owner, in an interview on Seattle s KIRO-FM. “First you have to understand the culture of the 5 Point, which is a sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place.
People want to go there and be not known and definitely don t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.”
Meinert admitted he was having a bit of fun: “Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook, and get reaction.”
“But part of it s serious,” he continued, “because we don t let people film other people or take photos unwanted of people in the bar, because it is kind of a private place that people go.” (To listen to the complete interview with Meinert, click here.
Seattle is a famously tech-savvy town, of course, and the 5 Point sits close to a new Amazon campus. But it s that same tech savvy that s leading business owners like Meinert to consider the implications of having customers with face-mounted cameras, snapping pictures of a diverse and sometimes intoxicated clientele.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But it s safe to assume the 5 Point won t be the last establishment to tell customers to leave Glass at the door.