November 28, 2013
Seattle entrepreneur Dave Meinert named The Five Point Cafe a Google Glass free zone before the devices were even available. But a Glass-wearing customer was asking for an explanation — and, potentially, to have an employee fired — when he was told earlier this week he couldn’t use the wearable computer in one of Meinert’s newer businesses, the 24-hour Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge.
Google Glass user Nick Starr wrote on his Facebook page that he had worn the device at the restaurant a number of times and “even had staff ask me about it and to check it out.” This time, though, he said he was asked to put it away or leave.
“I inform (the employee) that I am 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 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,” he wrote. “As we are leaving, Brian (his partner) points out that on the menu they state “Post photos on our website via Instagram by using #LostLake.” So how is an establishment which is REQUESTING photos be taken, not allow me to bring a device which takes photos and can post to Instagram? I would love an explanation, apology, clarification, and if the staff member was in the wrong and lost the owner money last night and also future income as well, that this income be deducted from her pay or her termination.”