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Google Glass-wearing writer claims attack at San Francisco bar

A San Francisco woman says she was attacked at a bar after refusing to stop wearing Google Glass.

It all started out as a friendly exchange among lookie-loos at Molotov's for tech writer Sarah Slocum, who posted about the alleged attack on her Facebook page. Patron's were initially curious, asking for demonstrations of the computer-in-eyewear, which Google sees as a new way to effortlessly connect people with information. The technology has yet to hit the mass consumer market.

As the night wore on at the Haight-Ashbury district bar, however, a group of patrons reportedly became upset about possibly being recorded by Slocum's eyewear, CBS San Francisco reported. The confrontation reportedly became violent when a friend she was with responded to a critic by throwing a punch.

A man then ripped Slocum's Google Glass off her face and attempted to flee, but she chased after him.

"I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some ... Google Glass haters ...," she wrote.

Slocum said she was able to retrieve her Google Glass, but her purse and phone were stolen in the melee.

Witness Brian Lester told the television station that the crowd "was jeering, as any last call crowd would do" with a fight outside a bar.

“I think everybody was just upset that she would be recording outside of a bar this late with obvious embarrassing behavior going on,” Lester added. “And just rather insulted that someone thinks it’s OK to record them the entire time they’re in public.”

Another witness said he wasn't surprised by the confrontation given the "punk rock" type of clientele attracted to the bar, which isn't really "Google Glass country."

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