Let the following story be a warning to you. Don’t wear your Google Glass to a movie theater or else the Department of Homeland Security will come and question you for hours.
A man from Columbus, OH was enjoying a screening of ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ and he just happened to be wearing his Google Glass while watching the movie. Why anyone would wear Google Glass out in public is anyone’s guess, but either way this man wasn’t doing anything incriminating. However, at about an hour into the movie, a man with a badge came up to this man and escorted him out of the theatre.
Apparently, Homeland Security thought this Google Glass wearer was illegally filming the movie and he was taken to a back room to be interrogated. (Do movie theatrer even have back rooms?) The interrogation took hours, despite the fact that the man repeatedly admitted to doing nothing wrong. About six (!) Homeland Security agents questioned him which leads me to wonder about the apparent danger that exists in a movie theatre in Columbus, OH.
Needless to say, the Google Glass Owner reached out to the media to explain what happened to him. Here’s part of his statement:
“I kept telling them that Glass has a USB port and not only did I allow them, I actually insist they connect to it and see that there was nothing but personal photos with my wife and my dog on it. I also insisted they look at my phone too and clear things out, but they wanted to talk first. They wanted to know who I am, where I live, where I work, how much I’m making, how many computers I have at home, why am I recording the movie, who am I going to give the recording to, why don’t I just give up the guy up the chain, ’cause they are not interested in me. Over and over and over again.”
An agent eventually looked at the files on the man’s Google Glass and did find out that this man was not illegally recording the movie. Go figure. In fact, the reason he was wearing Google Glass was not for douchebag purposes but because they were actually his prescription glasses.
Homeland Security apologized for the mistake and gave away four free movie passes to the man. Hey, for a couple of hours of relentless interrogation, that’s a score!