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Physical assault by McDonald's for wearing Digital Eye Glass

RockoW (883785) writes | more than 2 years ago


RockoW writes "Steve Mann, a long time researcher of computer vision systems, (ie. Augmented reality, Digital Eyeglass) had an incident at McDonald's in Paris, France. He was assaulted by three guys during his visit to a McDonald's Restaurant. They had a problem with his digital eye glasses and tried to took them off. Imagine when Google release their Google Glass you may get assaulted if some place have a no pictures policy."
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Assault and more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40669699)

From TFA [] :

Subsequently another person within McDonalds physically assaulted me, while I was in McDonand's, eating my McDonand's Ranch Wrap that I had just purchased at this McDonald's. He angrily grabbed my eyeglass, and tried to pull it off my head. The eyeglass is permanently attached and does not come off my skull without special tools.

Yep, that is definitely assault. Although at this point whether or not McDonalds is at fault could be debated.

What should have happened is that the employee should have asked him to leave the premises. If McDonalds thought that this guy was breaking the law then they should have called the police.

I tried to calm him down and I showed him the letter from my doctor and the documentation I had brought with me.

Person assaulted shows evidence that the assault was not warranted.

After all three of them reviewed this material, and deliberated on it for some time, Perpetrator 2 angrily crumpled and ripped up the letter from my doctor. My other documentation was also destroyed by Perpetrator 1.

Another crime: destruction of property.

At this point the police should definitely have been called and persons arrested.

I noticed that Perpetrator 1 was wearing a name tag clipped to his belt. When I looked down at it, he quickly covered it up with his hand, and pulled it off and turned it around so that it was facing inwards, so that only the blank white backside of it was then facing outwards.

So, McDonalds condones that employees engaged in criminal activities are allowed to hide their identification information? Don't McDonalds employees have these name badges so that they can be.. identified?

Perpetrator 1 pushed me out the door, onto the street.

A second assault?

Therefore by damaging the Eye Glass, Perpetrator 1 photographed himself and others within McDonalds.

In other words, the aggressor only has himself to blame. Also, in many places it is legal to record video in 'public'.

The image of "Left-to-right: Perpetrator 2 tearing up my doctor's letter, while Perpetrator 3 watches:" is quite interested. This alone should be enough to have charges laid and carried.

So, why didn't the French police do anything?

assault, but (1)

blackbeak (1227080) | more than 2 years ago | (#40669785)

Where's the beef?

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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