Today in Some People Are Assholes, I present Sarah Slocum, a publicity consultant creep who thinks filming strangers in dark bars without their permission is totally normal.
Here's what happened; Slocum hit a San Francisco bar with friends wearing Google Glass, the technology company's new toy which are "glasses" that allow you to film scenes at eye level among other neat tech tricks. However the other bar patrons realized that Slocum might've been filming them without their permission and told her to get lost but she refused. Instead she announced that she was filming them, to which one person threw a towel at her, another shouted at her to beat it and yet another took the glasses off of her face and ran out of bar. Slocum claims that when she followed the thief outside, someone else robbed her of her purse and phone. Later that night Slocum uploaded the video she took via Google Glass onto YouTube with the following message:
This is the first video that I got on Google Glass at Molotov bar on Haight Street after being verbally accosted and flicked off by the Asian looking girl, I turned on the video, and after I told them I was doing so they got pissed off and came after me. Unfortunately, I had not extended the video so it cuts out after 10 seconds. Here you can see them - two people, a male and a female - trying to block the camera. The guy waving his hands in my face here later rips the Google Glasses off my face and ran out of the bar. #throughglass
She also posted this on her Facebook page that night:
OMG so you'll never believe this but... I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, 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.
KRON 4, a San Francisco news station, picked up the story and in their report Slocum claims she wasn’t filming the bar folk, just wearing her glasses when they got all up in arms. But somehow KRON has footage of said bar folk before Slocum says she was filming with Google Glass, which means she was filming them. To be clear, Slocum, who says she wasn’t filming strangers in the dark, was totally filming strangers in the dark. What could be weird about that? Well, let’s reframe this scenario and change a few key words, shall we? For example:
Slocum is a creepy MAN who thinks filming WOMEN in dark bars without their permission is totally normal.
Now that doesn’t that sound like a skeevy scene from Law & Order: SVU, a plot point ready and waiting for Ice-T’s befuddled face?
This Slocum woman is the literal worst. Not only is she infringing on the privacy of strangers with her advanced technology — and no, it's not the same as being filmed at an ATM or in a grocery — she assumes that because she has access to Google Glass, she also has the right to invade other people’s space and bodies. Then when she’s called on her shenanigans, instead of apologizing Slocum announces that she’s further filming her detractors — as if she wasn’t already! — and tries to plays the victim when she was, in fact, the aggressor in this social situation gone terribly wrong.
"They clearly didn't understand it, they didn't know how it worked," Slocum told KRON.
Yes they did, Slocum, those people knew you were strangely taping them and wanted you to stop, but you wouldn't. But who needs privacy, right?
— lane hartwell (@lanehartwell) February 27, 2014
— Sarah Slocum (@SarahSlocum) February 27, 2014
But Slocum was recording them before they "attacked" her and she still doesn't understand that her whole scuffle was about privacy.
"I'm glad though that I can hopefully help shed some light on the fact that this is a great technology that can be used to prevent these types of incidents,” Slocum told KRON. “I hope that this incident doesn't deter people from wearing Google Glass."
Girl, this ain’t about Google Glass!
Your incident was because you thought those people's bodies weren’t important enough to respectfully ask their permission to film! When your privilege whispered, "Don't they know I can do whatever I want because I am cool enough to snag an early pair of these specs?" you should've said no.
Now, I'm not suggesting that people wearing Google Glass should announce their presence at every social function or be banned, but let's use common courtesy. Filming total strangers by literally staring at them is not OK. If this situation was a squandered teachable moment, it was only lost on you, Slocum, because you clearly don't realize that a peeping tom, even one with expensive technology, is still a fucking peeping tom.
Technology may have put us all on a new playing field but the rules of good manners remain the same.