Image via Nick Starr's Facebook cover photo, updated 20 hours ago.
Well this is a sign of fun times to come.
A man named Nick Starr, described by Valleywag as a "Seattle IT drone," went to dinner a little over a week ago at Seattle's Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge. Starr was wearing his Google Glass, the off-putting face computer that lets you covertly photograph and broadcast everything in your sightline without even lifting your hands. In techlands like Seattle, Google Glass is becoming more ubiquitous, leading eateries and other public establishments to require customers to stow the creepy eyewear and sit and eat like a human who can manage to be present for five minutes.
Starr apparently butted heads with Lost Lake Cafe when the restaurant's manager asked that this grown man please remove the toy from his face while on their premises. According to the Facebook rant Starr posted after the incident, the manager informed him that the owner's other restaurant, 5 Point Cafe, had banned Glass from its premises, and that he would have to remove the eyewear while dining at Lost Lake as well. Starr chose to leave instead.
All well and good. If you won't eat anywhere that won't allow you to use your eyeballs to dick around online while having dinner, that's a private matter between you and your personality. Except Starr didn't leave it at that. He went home and wrote about the incident on Facebook in a post that not only treated the incident like a civil rights issue, but concluded with a call for income to be deducted from the manager's pay, "or her termination."