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(Tech Crunch)   Interesting: inventor has been wearing digital glasses for over 30 years. Scary: a man in McDonalds tries to forcibly remove his glasses. Asinine: they tear up his doctors letter about the glasses. Fail: His glasses recorded the whole thing   (techcrunch.com) divider line 169
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2012-07-17 12:13:25 PM
You can blame those guys all you want, but they are NOT taking the robot uprising lightly
 
2012-07-17 12:26:29 PM
Ba da ba ba ba, recording it!
 
2012-07-17 12:41:38 PM
every time i hear "forcibily" i think of farking a girl so hard your penis breaks into two
and YOU get charged with the crime
 
2012-07-17 12:42:47 PM
Why?
 
2012-07-17 12:44:13 PM
img837.imageshack.us"The Humanity!
 
2012-07-17 12:46:07 PM
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

Where did this incident take place again? Burger King?
 
2012-07-17 12:46:12 PM
Gotta love Parisians...
 
2012-07-17 12:46:31 PM
On the one hand, sucks for him. On the other hand, blaming McDonald's for it is stupid. Let's blame France instead and boycott everything from that entire country!
 
2012-07-17 12:46:57 PM
img705.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-17 12:46:57 PM
Did he order, perhaps, the Royale with Cheese?
 
2012-07-17 12:47:33 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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

Where did this incident take place again? Burger King?


They beheaded him during the revolution. Try and keep up.
 
2012-07-17 12:48:31 PM
Canadians speak French too. While we're at it, let's blame them too.
 
2012-07-17 12:48:54 PM
FTFA: That a pioneer like Mann would be accosted - in Paris, of all places - is a travesty. That it would happen in that paragon of openness and light, McDonald's is an absolute shame.

Umm... what makes Paris special? They don't take shiat from customers in Paris. They don't care about your permission slips. Why I am supposed to be outraged over what some moron blogger thinks Paris is supposed to be like? There is no hero in this story, I wish the McDonalds and everyone in it could have been destroyed by some crazed french farming anarchist.
 
2012-07-17 12:49:03 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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

Where did this incident take place again? Burger King?



Lulz.

For some reason, I chuckled over the fact that he felt the need to mention what he ordered.
 
2012-07-17 12:49:47 PM
McDonald's is a paragon of openness and light? Holy f*ck.
 
2012-07-17 12:49:49 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-17 12:50:04 PM

Madman drummers bummers: Did he order, perhaps, the Royale with Cheese?


Unless he went to Mitch Hedburg's McDonald's for spaghetti and blankets.
 
2012-07-17 12:50:48 PM
"A doctor's note"? WTF, is this third grade? Like some McDonalds manager in Paris is going to give a shiat about your Canadian doctor's note about your weird camera-glasses.
 
2012-07-17 12:52:16 PM
This is some Consumerist level blogo-whining.
 
2012-07-17 12:53:07 PM

gilatrout: Canadians speak French too. While we're at it, let's blame them too.


As a canadian, most of us don't, so we're not taking the blame for this.

/there are plenty of other things that we can be blamed for I'm sure
 
2012-07-17 12:54:32 PM
People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.
 
2012-07-17 12:55:14 PM
This seems to be the most recent photo of his setup.

www.cbc.ca
 
2012-07-17 12:56:07 PM

ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.


go be a luddite somewhere else. the internet is recording all your activity. you should abstain from it.
 
2012-07-17 12:56:23 PM
I'm lovin it, He deserved a break that day.
 
2012-07-17 12:57:23 PM
This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?
 
2012-07-17 12:57:56 PM
Lucky it wasn't Raven diong the beatdown on his gargoyle ass
 
2012-07-17 12:58:28 PM
Hell of a lot to go through to trick your wife into letting you film her in the bedroom.
 
2012-07-17 12:58:46 PM
at some point most everything will record to "the cloud" so destroying the device will just guarantee you being seen destroying the device.
 
2012-07-17 12:59:56 PM
The doctor's note said "Please excuse my client for looking like a retard, he thinks he's a special snowflake."
 
2012-07-17 01:00:56 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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

Where did this incident take place again? Burger King?


Not only a McDonald's. One in France.

Way to break the stereotype of Americans staggering around Europe like zombies, moaning, "Big Mac... Parade magazine ...baseball scores... somebody help me..."

3.bp.blogspot.com

"Would you like some Champagne Américain with your Big Mac, monsieur?"
 
2012-07-17 01:02:00 PM

misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?


but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?

farm1.staticflickr.com

i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.
 
2012-07-17 01:03:24 PM
"Please allow this person to wear his special glasses" - Epstein's Doctor
 
2012-07-17 01:04:25 PM
I don't get it. Why did they do that? They must have had some reason that (at least in their minds) made sense at the time.
 
2012-07-17 01:05:18 PM
Are these devices going to turn him into the first cyborg... with brain cancer?

upload.wikimedia.org

/hot, like the coils around his brain
 
2012-07-17 01:05:19 PM
The person in the center (Perpetrator 1) handed the materials I had given him to the person to my left (Perpetrator 2), while the three of them reviewed my doctor's letter and the documentation.
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.


/Having seen some of the mouth breathers that work at McDonalds, I'm shocked that they could recognize the alphabet, let alone read a note with (I'm sure) at least college level words and phrases on it.
 
2012-07-17 01:05:40 PM

misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?


Seriously. 5 million and 1 places to eat in that city and he walks into a McDonald's??
He needs his eyes checked.
And his taste buds.
 
2012-07-17 01:06:08 PM
Just wait until every other Parisien is wearing Le Google Glasses Lunettes.

sfist.com

"Jean-Claude! We need more apple pies..."
 
2012-07-17 01:06:28 PM
What the hell is up with these McDonalds? Who gives a crap if someone photographs their menu or not? Sounds like he should be filing assault charges for what happened to him. It is pretty stupid to have a conspicuous set of glasses / camera bolted to your skull though.
 
2012-07-17 01:08:36 PM
Okay....I must be missing something here....Paris or US, McD's or BK, doctor's note or not....but why the fark did this happen and why are so many people in here acting like the attackers were completely justified? It's a serious question....why does he need to carry a Dr's note to where funky glasses, and why did these guys feel the overwhelming urge to rip them off?
 
2012-07-17 01:09:02 PM

pudding7: "A doctor's note"? WTF, is this third grade? Like some McDonalds manager in Paris is going to give a shiat about your Canadian doctor's note about your weird camera-glasses.


I'm guessing he carries it around more for security reasons like if he needs to go through airport security, customs, interact with the police or if he were in a medical emergency.
 
2012-07-17 01:09:51 PM

ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.


Agreed.

And furthermore, in France you cannot record private citizens going about their business without their express written consent, whether they are in a private place, such as Mcd's, or out in public.

The hell with him. If he feels he must record everything and everyone let him do it in countries like the UK or the US where citizens do not own the right to their own image.
 
2012-07-17 01:10:56 PM

The Flexecutioner: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 500x379]

i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.


you TOOK that?? meaning you stole it?? suprised the CHinaese didn't kill you in one of those mobile death uniform vehicles
 
2012-07-17 01:11:11 PM
Attention whore got attention, what's the issue?
 
2012-07-17 01:11:26 PM

Jument: I don't get it. Why did they do that? They must have had some reason that (at least in their minds) made sense at the time.


FTA: Apparently McDonald's employees in Paris don't like people taking pictures of their menus and this isn't the first time Parisian Friends-Of-Ronald attacked someone with a camera in their stores.

Maybe the French still believe that whole "taking your picture steals your soul" thing.
 
2012-07-17 01:12:31 PM
what i really am dying to know is if those glasses come with that glorious unibrow, or am I required to harvest one on my own?
 
2012-07-17 01:13:37 PM
Are we supposed to believe that this is a real device?
 
2012-07-17 01:13:42 PM
I'm torn.

On one hand, I want to hate France. Because, well, just look at them.

On the other hand, I want to hate on this douchebag for recording people against their desire and having zero respect for privacy.
 
2012-07-17 01:13:54 PM

Weidbrewer: Okay....I must be missing something here....Paris or US, McD's or BK, doctor's note or not....but why the fark did this happen and why are so many people in here acting like the attackers were completely justified? It's a serious question....why does he need to carry a Dr's note to where funky glasses, and why did these guys feel the overwhelming urge to rip them off?


Carry fancy expensive electronics into a slum and see what happens.
 
2012-07-17 01:15:24 PM

ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.


You farking luddites are a disgusting plague.
 
2012-07-17 01:15:41 PM
When I read this my first thought was "Holy crap, that kind of technology already exists? Why don't we use that here in the USA?"

... and then I remembered, "Oh yeah, cops."
 
2012-07-17 01:15:50 PM
Apparently, McDonald's France is under attack. Gotta love the internet. :) I sure hope this get's something done for this guy.

http://www.facebook.com/mcdonaldsfrance (link pops)

http://eyetap.blogspot.ca/2012/07/physical-assault-by-mcdonalds-for. ht ml (link pops)
 
2012-07-17 01:17:06 PM
www.bioethics.net
 
2012-07-17 01:18:10 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Carry fancy expensive electronics into a slum and see what happens.


...and, had he been walking through the slums, I would not have been asking the question.
 
2012-07-17 01:18:52 PM
The Flexecutioner:

but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?
i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.


It appears that your picture changed since 2007 to read "Crayfish" instead of "Crab". Weird huh?
 
2012-07-17 01:18:52 PM
McDonald's France message (google translated):

We were informed that day, a complaint about a Canadian consumer who claims to have been the subject of a personal altercation with McDonald's in one of our restaurants in Paris on the evening of July 1.

Like any consumer complaint, it is subject to a thorough internal investigation to shed light on the facts. Of course, if the facts tended to involve one or more members of staff of the facility, we will take appropriate measures.

For now, we call for patience to allow the collection of information about an event would have happened there over two weeks.
 
2012-07-17 01:18:58 PM
Voilà!
 
2012-07-17 01:19:48 PM

Weidbrewer: The My Little Pony Killer: Carry fancy expensive electronics into a slum and see what happens.

...and, had he been walking through the slums, I would not have been asking the question.


Oh, I see the problem here. You also think that McDonald's is a "paragon of openness and light."

And you have apparently been ignoring all of the other comments in this thread about privacy and what the laws in France are regarding that sort of thing.
 
2012-07-17 01:19:48 PM
Steve Mann finally permanently wired it to his head? Nice, although his previous Eyetap prototype that consists of a cube embedded in his glasses lens with a different refractive index to the glass seemed like the best head-mounted display idea I've seen.

Here's Steve Mann through the ages:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-17 01:20:56 PM

Jon iz teh kewl: The Flexecutioner: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 500x379]

i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.

you TOOK that?? meaning you stole it?? suprised the CHinaese didn't kill you in one of those mobile death uniform vehicles


Well, it was in Hong Kong, so it technically wasnt China but Britain. I just had to fake an accent and i was good to go.

/wait
//they recolonized in 1997
///pip pip cheerio
 
2012-07-17 01:23:29 PM
img440.imageshack.us
 
2012-07-17 01:24:00 PM

TreeHugger: The Flexecutioner:

but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?
i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.

It appears that your picture changed since 2007 to read "Crayfish" instead of "Crab". Weird huh?


yeah, i quickly typed that and realized it was crayfish afterwards. i dug it out of my flickr file i hadnt accessed in a long time. i was then having allergic reactions to shellfish and couldnt try it but I totally would have. it probably would have beat the hell out of our fish sandwiches.
 
2012-07-17 01:24:57 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Weidbrewer: The My Little Pony Killer: Carry fancy expensive electronics into a slum and see what happens.

...and, had he been walking through the slums, I would not have been asking the question.

Oh, I see the problem here. You also think that McDonald's is a "paragon of openness and light."

And you have apparently been ignoring all of the other comments in this thread about privacy and what the laws in France are regarding that sort of thing.


What are the French laws on assault?
 
2012-07-17 01:26:19 PM

misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?


Because low-class friends of said tourists don't know what an Arc de Triomphe or Louvre are and will not be interested in things they do not comprehend. But they DO know what a McDonald's is and will express curiosity about how the Parisian McDonald's is different from their neighborhood's McDonald's.

Still, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot. Forced to eat 100 Royales with Cheese, and then shot again. And then guillotined.

/Did NOT go to McDonald's, but did have steak frites at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, and yes, the meal was sublime and inexpensive.
 
2012-07-17 01:26:34 PM

abfalter: On the other hand, I want to hate on this douchebag for recording people against their desire and having zero respect for privacy.


Except that the glasses in question aren't designed as a recording device. It has a short buffer to *temporarily* save a few seconds of data prior to display (which is necessary in pretty much every device that acquires and displays data at different rates), but it's not like a camcorder where the data is intended to be fixed in some medium for any length of time. The only reason he has any video evidence at all is because these asshats *broke* the device and thus it stopped overwriting the existing data in the buffer.
 
2012-07-17 01:26:48 PM
was it north africans getting upset about the magical metal and glass device that steal souls?

/didn't rtfa
//in a jimmie rustling mood.
 
2012-07-17 01:28:35 PM
You guys can poke fun, but when all the bugs get worked out I'm gonna be one of the first in line for the "Johnson Smith" version:
www.mcftv.com
 
2012-07-17 01:29:08 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Not amused.
 
2012-07-17 01:30:12 PM

HeartBurnKid: What are the French laws on assault?


Don't bring logic into their argument. They're feeling superior and enlightened, and understand the truth of people who go to McDonald's get what they deserve.
 
2012-07-17 01:30:51 PM

misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?


We ate breakfast at the McDonald's in Versailles (the town, not the palace) because it was the only restaurant open at the time. After we left the palace we did have a proper meal, though. That was also the site of the only Ugly American (or possibly Canadian) incident we witnessed in our 2-week trip.
 
2012-07-17 01:32:37 PM
I'd love to hear McDonalds's side of this story, since Mann's as he tells it doesn't really make sense.

Right off the bat, this purported store manager physically tries to pull something off the guy's head? And then after a discussion (the details of which are not shared with us), tears up a paper and literally throws him out onto the sidewalk?

I bet McDonald's Global Corporate would like there to be security cameras inside the restaurant, although as mentioned above French privacy laws may prevent that. If they exist, it would be interesting to see how close to reality this account actually is.
 
2012-07-17 01:33:02 PM
The amount of stupid in this story is supersized.
 
2012-07-17 01:33:03 PM
Did I miss the beginning of this article? Why did he suddenly get attacked? What happened to provoke the workers trying to rip the guys glasses off?
 
2012-07-17 01:33:42 PM
images.wikia.com
Not amused.
/but probably would have killed them all in .73 seconds.
//Damn I wish I had shades like that. *snikt*
 
2012-07-17 01:33:52 PM

WordyGrrl: Still, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot.


It's not like you only eat one meal there. And you really do have to go to one just to order a Royale with Cheese.

/plus everywhere else in France serves food for about 2 hours per day, so if you're hungry at an odd hour (if you just came over from North America, you probably are), McDonald's is one of few options
 
2012-07-17 01:36:41 PM

The Flexecutioner: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 500x379]

i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.


Dude, that's crawfish. Not crab. Somone lied to you, or you don't read the English so good.
 
2012-07-17 01:37:22 PM

bekovich: Did I miss the beginning of this article? Why did he suddenly get attacked? What happened to provoke the workers trying to rip the guys glasses off?


Apparently, the prevailing theory is that employees at French McDonald's have been extremely hostile to customers with recording devices because of a series of investigative reports on the cleanliness of McDonald's in France. In an earlier incident, a tourist took a picture of the French McDonald's menu and was accosted by the staff and forced to delete the picture from their camera.
 
2012-07-17 01:38:01 PM

abfalter: I'm torn.

On one hand, I want to hate France. Because, well, just look at them.

On the other hand, I want to hate on this douchebag for recording people against their desire and having zero respect for privacy.


I have to confess confusion about the hating to be recorded in public thing. The video camera is merely a mechanical substitute for what our eyes have been doing for countless years. When I walk down the street and see you, I'm recording you. What I've seen of you and what you're doing is being stored and filed away in my brain. Admittedly, I cannot SHOW this to anyone as I can with a video, but I can certainly tell anyone and everyone what I saw and paint for them with words a picture just as descriptive as what you can see on a video or picture.
 
2012-07-17 01:38:55 PM

abfalter: On the other hand, I want to hate on this douchebag for recording people against their desire and having zero respect for privacy.


If you're out at a McDonald's in public, you have no privacy... and no expectation of privacy. Not to mention you're probably being recorded already. You'll notice it wasn't other customers who assaulted the guy, it was employees.

Businesses and governments like to record everything you do. They do NOT like it when the tables are turned. I'm on the side of the douche recording everything. If we're going to be recorded by governments and corporations, then we should be able to record as well. If you don't like being on video, then you better make your apartment into a nice hermit cave because chances are you get recorded almost every time you leave your house, and that's just going to get worse.
 
2012-07-17 01:39:30 PM

feffer: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

We ate breakfast at the McDonald's in Versailles (the town, not the palace) because it was the only restaurant open at the time. After we left the palace we did have a proper meal, though. That was also the site of the only Ugly American (or possibly Canadian) incident we witnessed in our 2-week trip.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-17 01:39:50 PM

MythDragon: The Flexecutioner: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 500x379]

i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.

Dude, that's crawfish. Not crab. Somone lied to you, or you don't read the English so good.


and you dont follow the rest of thread. read a few more posts before going all jackass.
 
2012-07-17 01:41:24 PM

capt.hollister: ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.

Agreed.

And furthermore, in France you cannot record private citizens going about their business without their express written consent, whether they are in a private place, such as Mcd's, or out in public.

The hell with him. If he feels he must record everything and everyone let him do it in countries like the UK or the US where citizens do not own the right to their own image.


The comedy is it only kept the images because they broke it - otherwise they would have been discarded. Well done.
 
2012-07-17 01:43:34 PM

IAmRight: WordyGrrl: Still, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot.

It's not like you only eat one meal there. And you really do have to go to one just to order a Royale with Cheese.

/plus everywhere else in France serves food for about 2 hours per day, so if you're hungry at an odd hour (if you just came over from North America, you probably are), McDonald's is one of few options


And he was with his kids. Sometimes kids just want shiat.
 
2012-07-17 01:51:14 PM
Dang. My headline submission for this was funnier:

"McDonalds Employees take the first steps to quell the cyborg uprising."
 
2012-07-17 01:59:42 PM

Little_Dictator: I have to confess confusion about the hating to be recorded in public thing. The video camera is merely a mechanical substitute for what our eyes have been doing for countless years. When I walk down the street and see you, I'm recording you. What I've seen of you and what you're doing is being stored and filed away in my brain. Admittedly, I cannot SHOW this to anyone as I can with a video, but I can certainly tell anyone and everyone what I saw and paint for them with words a picture just as descriptive as what you can see on a video or picture.


Yeah, but no.

Link


It really isn't the same.
 
2012-07-17 02:07:05 PM
My guess is there's funny business going on at that particular location (drug sales, money laundering, or maybe some uniquely French crime), and the tough guys thought Mann was some kind of spy or reporter.
 
2012-07-17 02:07:48 PM
Fark Paris. That town is way overrated. I just got back from Budapest and that town was awesome. Place was cleaner than Paris, that's for sure. The people were nice, the food was good, and a farking coke didn't cost you seven farking euros. Hell I'll take Prague over Paris any ol day of the farking week.
 
2012-07-17 02:15:22 PM

Weidbrewer: Okay....I must be missing something here....Paris or US, McD's or BK, doctor's note or not....but why the fark did this happen and why are so many people in here acting like the attackers were completely justified? It's a serious question....why does he need to carry a Dr's note to where funky glasses, and why did these guys feel the overwhelming urge to rip them off?


It's because they're attached semi-permanently. He can't remove them upon request. They apparently requires special tools to remove. The doctor's note is in the vain hope that authoritarian types can read a paragraph without losing their shiat.
 
2012-07-17 02:28:33 PM

KatjaMouse: pudding7: "A doctor's note"? WTF, is this third grade? Like some McDonalds manager in Paris is going to give a shiat about your Canadian doctor's note about your weird camera-glasses.

I'm guessing he carries it around more for security reasons like if he needs to go through airport security, customs, interact with the police or if he were in a medical emergency.


"The device is attached to his skull, it can't be removed without surgical tools" would also be useful when people tell you to take it off.
 
2012-07-17 02:35:44 PM
non story... french people acted like pricks and douche bags

/he should have said he was there to invade and take over the McDonalds, then they would have given him everything he wanted
 
2012-07-17 02:41:43 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

It looks like Perp 1 was the manager.
 
2012-07-17 02:47:22 PM
So, French people were acting like entitled farkwads. No kidding? To the point that the McDonald's janitor is Perpetrator 3? Broom and dustpan guy was the heavy? Really?

It's not news, it's....seriously, not news.

We could re-enact this for TV. Call it something like "When Douches Collide" or something.
 
2012-07-17 02:48:03 PM

Maul555: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 640x360]

It looks like Perp 1 was the manager.


Holy Fark, I thought Perp 3 was holding a Katana for a moment before I noticed it was a broom.
 
2012-07-17 02:49:45 PM

The Flexecutioner: MythDragon: The Flexecutioner: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 500x379]

i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.

Dude, that's crawfish. Not crab. Somone lied to you, or you don't read the English so good.

and you dont follow the rest of thread. read a few more posts before going all jackass.


But that would require effort on my part. Don't be hatin' just because someone already pointed that out to you.
Besides, I didn't read. You can't read. So there. :P
 
2012-07-17 02:50:44 PM

misanthropologist: Are these devices going to turn him into the first cyborg... with brain cancer?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 550x279]

/hot, like the coils around his brain



What really happened:

Perp. 1: I'm sorry, monsieur, we do not have any "Assburgers" here.
Mann: Well ya do now!
 
2012-07-17 02:53:39 PM

pudding7: "A doctor's note"? WTF, is this third grade? Like some McDonalds manager in Paris is going to give a shiat about your Canadian doctor's note about your weird camera-glasses.


The original blog post linked to TFA explains:

"Because we'd spent the day going to various museums and historical landmark sites guarded by military and police, I had brought with me the letter from my doctor regarding my computer vision eyeglass, along with documentation, etc., although I'd not needed to present any of this at any of the other places I visited (McDonald's was the only establishement that seemed to have any problem with my eyeglass during our entire 2 week trip).

Since I happened to have it with me, I showed this doctor's letter and the documentation to the purported McDonalds employee who had stopped me in the McDonalds line. "


Considering the device is both A) unusual and B) attached to his skull, it seems like an important document to carry around when travelling in another country. Still interesting that McDonald's was the only place he was ever questioned about it.

/Also interesting that he doesn't use spell check
 
2012-07-17 02:55:56 PM
"That a pioneer like Mann would be accosted - in Paris, of all places - is a travesty." HAHAHAHAHAHA
 
2012-07-17 02:57:10 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime: non story... french people acted like pricks and douche bags

/he should have said he was there to invade and take over the McDonalds, then they would have given him everything he wanted


DING DING DING
Winner winner chicken ranch dinner!
 
2012-07-17 02:57:37 PM

Grapple: Lucky it wasn't Raven diong the beatdown on his gargoyle ass


just now finishing up the last few chapters.
 
2012-07-17 03:02:22 PM
Rude Parisians... well i never.
 
2012-07-17 03:02:40 PM

vudukungfu: kungfu jesus with a side of lime: non story... french people acted like pricks and douche bags

/he should have said he was there to invade and take over the McDonalds, then they would have given him everything he wanted

DING DING DING
Winner winner chicken ranch dinner!


is that McDonalds chicken ranch dinner?
 
2012-07-17 03:03:17 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: Weidbrewer: Okay....I must be missing something here....Paris or US, McD's or BK, doctor's note or not....but why the fark did this happen and why are so many people in here acting like the attackers were completely justified? It's a serious question....why does he need to carry a Dr's note to where funky glasses, and why did these guys feel the overwhelming urge to rip them off?

Carry fancy expensive electronics into a slum and see what happens.


Are you comparing Champs-Élysées to a slum? I mean, I know it's fun to hate on Paris and all, but come on.
 
2012-07-17 03:08:09 PM

kungfu jesus with a side of lime:
is that McDonalds chicken ranch dinner?


Prepare to be molested in French!
En Guarde!
 
2012-07-17 03:11:08 PM
Of all the places to get food in Paris, he chose to go to McDonalds?
 
2012-07-17 03:11:59 PM

MooseUpNorth: It's because they're attached semi-permanently. He can't remove them upon request. They apparently requires special tools to remove. The doctor's note is in the vain hope that authoritarian types can read a paragraph without losing their shiat.


So? Lemme get this straight - if something is semi-permanently attached, one has the right to just go up to someone and rip it off 'cause they feel like it?

Gelatinous: y guess is there's funny business going on at that particular location (drug sales, money laundering, or maybe some uniquely French crime), and the tough guys thought Mann was some kind of spy or reporter.


Best reasoning I've heard so far.
 
2012-07-17 03:18:38 PM

drxym: What the hell is up with these McDonalds? Who gives a crap if someone photographs their menu or not?


They choose to exercise their right to privacy, far more than we Americans do.

Sounds like he should be filing assault charges for what happened to him.

He did. The cops basically didn't care. Probably because he was technically in violation of laws regarding photography on private property. He also got no response from diplomats or politicians.

It is pretty stupid to have a conspicuous set of glasses / camera bolted to your skull though.

He's visually impaired, and is a pioneer of visual assistance technology. It's basically his bionic eye.
 
2012-07-17 03:22:59 PM

MythDragon: The Flexecutioner: MythDragon: The Flexecutioner: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?

[farm1.staticflickr.com image 500x379]

i took this in 2007, so maybe the menu changed.

Dude, that's crawfish. Not crab. Somone lied to you, or you don't read the English so good.

and you dont follow the rest of thread. read a few more posts before going all jackass.

But that would require effort on my part. Don't be hatin' just because someone already pointed that out to you.
Besides, I didn't read. You can't read. So there. :P


actually, i can read but made a simple mistake. you then pull the jackass card to just be insulting because you like to be. im just going to point out repeatedly that you are a jackass. and assumptively incorrect.
 
2012-07-17 03:30:07 PM

Gelatinous: My guess is there's funny business going on at that particular location (drug sales, money laundering, or maybe some uniquely French crime), and the tough guys thought Mann was some kind of spy or reporter.


Like moving conterfiet black or white truffles?
 
2012-07-17 03:32:11 PM

vudukungfu: kungfu jesus with a side of lime:
is that McDonalds chicken ranch dinner?

Prepare to be molested in French!
En Guarde!


quick assume the french fighting stance...
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-17 03:49:08 PM
Am I really going to be the first to say "Holy crap that's awesome, where can I buy it?"
 
2012-07-17 03:50:47 PM

Maul555: [4.bp.blogspot.com image 640x360]

It looks like Perp 1 was the manager.


He's not a very good manager, I mean if I went to a McDonald's and everyone was wearing pieces of paper on their faces that had the word "perp" on them I'm pretty sure I would walk out.
 
2012-07-17 03:53:21 PM

misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?


Having recently been to France, you might go to a MacDonalds if you want some sit-down for a minute food that takes less than an hour and a half to order, eat, and pay for. Seriously, man. Most the time it was cool taking time to eat, but there is something to be said for the American version of sit down for 20 or 30 minutes, eat and go model.
 
2012-07-17 04:06:52 PM

The Flexecutioner: but where else can you get a Mayonnaise Crab sandwich other than a McD's in China?


I'm pretty sure that says crayfish, egg, and mayonnaise.... not crab.
 
2012-07-17 04:22:36 PM
www.nightmares.com
 
2012-07-17 04:39:13 PM
What, is this guy blind or is it just some dork who's waaaay too into TV?
 
2012-07-17 04:49:01 PM

cgremlin:
Except that the glasses in question aren't designed as a recording device. The only reason he has any video evidence at all is because he switched it to record, or it always records.


Let's not try to alter reality too much.
 
2012-07-17 04:50:40 PM

capt.hollister: ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.

Agreed.

And furthermore, in France you cannot record private citizens going about their business without their express written consent, whether they are in a private place, such as Mcd's, or out in public.

The hell with him. If he feels he must record everything and everyone let him do it in countries like the UK or the US where citizens do not own the right to their own image.


RTFA. It's an experimental setup they hope to use to allow blind people to see. Of course, if you hate blind people, please disregard my earlier statement.
 
2012-07-17 04:53:01 PM

Weidbrewer: Best reasoning I've heard so far.


Well, it reminded me a bit of a fast food joint (a McDonald's, no less) a few blocks from where I went to college. They were shut down for literally selling drugs under the counter to customers. Back then, if a guy had walked in with a video camera affixed to his shoulder, I imagine they might have gotten nervous very quickly. Anyway, it eventually reopened as a pizza place, which then gave Hep A to a few dozen customers. I never went inside either.

Of course, in this case, maybe the managers are just assholes (I think we have good evidence of that); whether it's to employees or customers, I would bet they're very sensitive to the possibility of footage being used against them (but what are they going to do? Confiscate cell phones?). Anyway, too late.

Smoky Dragon Dish: Like moving conterfiet black or white truffles?


Heh.
 
2012-07-17 04:58:44 PM
I saw a documentary several years back called "Cyberman". In it, he took a camera dome and attached it (sans camera) to a necktie. He proceeded to walk into Wal Mart with it on, filming his encounter with Wal Mart security arguing like a petulant child that there was no camera inside, so it should be okay, ignoring the fact that if they don't want him there, unless it's for some legally protected reason, he's trespassing.

He's certainly a pioneer, but he's got an attention whore streak to him too.
 
2012-07-17 05:06:08 PM

Weidbrewer: MooseUpNorth: It's because they're attached semi-permanently. He can't remove them upon request. They apparently requires special tools to remove. The doctor's note is in the vain hope that authoritarian types can read a paragraph without losing their shiat.

So? Lemme get this straight - if something is semi-permanently attached, one has the right to just go up to someone and rip it off 'cause they feel like it?


Um... Was that question directed at me?
 
2012-07-17 05:06:29 PM

machodonkeywrestler: capt.hollister: ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.

Agreed.

And furthermore, in France you cannot record private citizens going about their business without their express written consent, whether they are in a private place, such as Mcd's, or out in public.

The hell with him. If he feels he must record everything and everyone let him do it in countries like the UK or the US where citizens do not own the right to their own image.

RTFA. It's an experimental setup they hope to use to allow blind people to see. Of course, if you hate blind people, please disregard my earlier statement.


That may be what he is working on, but the fact remains that his little device has recording capability. I'm not a legal expert, but I'd be willing to bet that that little factoid makes it illegal for use where "right to image" laws exist. Like it or not, you cannot randomly film people.
 
2012-07-17 05:12:51 PM
Apparently McDonald's employees in Paris don't like people taking pictures of their menus and this isn't the first time Parisian Friends-Of-Ronald attacked someone with a camera in their stores.

Is that anything like friends of Dorothy? Cause they can be vicious beotches.
 
2012-07-17 05:16:31 PM
The TL/DNR Summary

(Since we seem to have a number of asshats who can't be bothered to read the damn article before they jump to assinine conlusions)

This guy has a bonafide visual handicap. He has been working for decades to develop technology to help overcome this defect (technology which is now seeing fruition in tech for the rest of us). This is a prosthetic device. These idiots trying to grab it from his head is akin to trying to pull the prosthetic leg off of an amputee, or pulling the electric wheelchair out from under a paraplegic. Well, presumably with less falling down (which happened anyways, so...)

This device is attached physically. It cannot be easily removed without tools. Forcibly removing it without tools will likely cause damage to the device, the user, or both. In this case, it appears the device was damaged.

The device does not normally record images for archival, merely buffers them to relay them to the device's wearer. The one exception is when the device registers certain physical issues, which it did, and buffered images did not get overwritten as usual, providing these images here.

This McDonald's has had issues with people video recording for nefarious purposes for some reason, thus the staff, believing this was a video recording device, overreacted. Think like McDowell's in Coming To America.

This guy's had enough issues in the past with authority figures not liking his fancy prosthesis, especially in places/scenarios where recording devices may be restricted. So, he planned ahead and had documentation explaining the nature of the device with a voucher of necessity from a medical expert. McDonald's staff not only disbelieved the authenticity of these documents (within their rights), they also destroyed said documents (over the line).

/Yeah, I know, awful long for a summary...
//in before the first tl;dnr reply to this post.
 
2012-07-17 05:20:03 PM

capt.hollister: machodonkeywrestler: capt.hollister: ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.

Agreed.

And furthermore, in France you cannot record private citizens going about their business without their express written consent, whether they are in a private place, such as Mcd's, or out in public.

The hell with him. If he feels he must record everything and everyone let him do it in countries like the UK or the US where citizens do not own the right to their own image.

RTFA. It's an experimental setup they hope to use to allow blind people to see. Of course, if you hate blind people, please disregard my earlier statement.

That may be what he is working on, but the fact remains that his little device has recording capability. I'm not a legal expert, but I'd be willing to bet that that little factoid makes it illegal for use where "right to image" laws exist. Like it or not, you cannot randomly film people.


He only turned on the filming capability when the situation escalated. Thankfully so, from the way he was treated. Are you actually saying that a blindness "cure" would be outlawed due to the fact that it transmits to the retina, because the guy had an explanation from the doctor and the difference between this guys situation, and a blind person in the same situation is negligible. I'm pretty sure that France does not allow you to discriminate due to medical conditions, even if there is a law against filming in public in France.
 
2012-07-17 05:22:34 PM

ReverendLoki: This guy has a bonafide visual handicap. He has been working for decades to develop technology to help overcome this defect (technology which is now seeing fruition in tech for the rest of us). This is a prosthetic device.


What the hell are you talking about? Steve Mann isn't blind. I've been following his work for years.
 
2012-07-17 05:25:33 PM

23FPB23: www.nightmares.com


... we dine?
 
2012-07-17 05:28:51 PM

misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?


Well, there are situations when one comes in handy:

I took my daughter to Paris when she was eight. We went to a local restaurant in the 4th arrondisement one day. I ordered "andouiette" for her, mistakenly thinking it was a small andouille sausage. "Andouiette" acutally means intestines, which she understandably refused. I couldn't switch with her because I had steak tartare.

So after leaving the restaurant, we went to the nearest McDonald's. Royale with cheese all the way!

/csb
/Never ignore diminutives
/"Pulpito" is not the same as "pulpo" either
 
2012-07-17 05:50:35 PM

RexTalionis: ReverendLoki: This guy has a bonafide visual handicap. He has been working for decades to develop technology to help overcome this defect (technology which is now seeing fruition in tech for the rest of us). This is a prosthetic device.

What the hell are you talking about? Steve Mann isn't blind. I've been following his work for years.


Steve Mann has been working on a device to contain and help focus his awesome laser-vision. He uses this vision to communicate with the core of the Earth where pressures are so great there is no emotion left in the particles.
 
2012-07-17 06:21:04 PM

RexTalionis: ReverendLoki: This guy has a bonafide visual handicap. He has been working for decades to develop technology to help overcome this defect (technology which is now seeing fruition in tech for the rest of us). This is a prosthetic device.

What the hell are you talking about? Steve Mann isn't blind. I've been following his work for years.


*rereads article* OK, my bad. Reading the bit about how he has used this tech to help the visually handicapped (which doesn't necessarily mean blind), plus the end about designing it to help people see better planted that nugget of misinformation in my head. Keep in mind this isn't all from the article, but also from his (linked) post on the event.

OK, so scratch that bit. It's still attached and not easily removed, though I don't see mention of exactly how.
 
2012-07-17 06:24:05 PM

A story about McDonalds?

i301.photobucket.com


Write a story about this picture instead. Guaranteed to be more interesting and informative.
 
2012-07-17 06:26:38 PM

capt.hollister: machodonkeywrestler: capt.hollister: ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.

Agreed.

And furthermore, in France you cannot record private citizens going about their business without their express written consent, whether they are in a private place, such as Mcd's, or out in public.

The hell with him. If he feels he must record everything and everyone let him do it in countries like the UK or the US where citizens do not own the right to their own image.

RTFA. It's an experimental setup they hope to use to allow blind people to see. Of course, if you hate blind people, please disregard my earlier statement.

That may be what he is working on, but the fact remains that his little device has recording capability. I'm not a legal expert, but I'd be willing to bet that that little factoid makes it illegal for use where "right to image" laws exist. Like it or not, you cannot randomly film people.


Thanks for pointing out that you're not a legal expert.. some people might have been confused by your brilliant legal analysis that McDonald's employees are legally justified and empowered to physically assault someone who hasn't actually done anything wrong.

Seems the 'Right to Image' laws you speak of have little to do with capturing someone's image in public and primarily involve publishing those images without permission.
 
2012-07-17 06:32:29 PM
Oh, so there are fearful, ignorant savages who strike out at anything they find unusual, in France too? Whowouldathunkit?
 
2012-07-17 06:42:21 PM

karmaceutical: This is some Consumerist level blogo-whining.


It's hardly whining to object to people physically assaulting you!
 
2012-07-17 06:49:10 PM

ReverendLoki: RexTalionis: ReverendLoki: This guy has a bonafide visual handicap. He has been working for decades to develop technology to help overcome this defect (technology which is now seeing fruition in tech for the rest of us). This is a prosthetic device.

What the hell are you talking about? Steve Mann isn't blind. I've been following his work for years.

*rereads article* OK, my bad. Reading the bit about how he has used this tech to help the visually handicapped (which doesn't necessarily mean blind), plus the end about designing it to help people see better planted that nugget of misinformation in my head. Keep in mind this isn't all from the article, but also from his (linked) post on the event.

OK, so scratch that bit. It's still attached and not easily removed, though I don't see mention of exactly how.


Worst backpeddle in Fark history right here, folks.
 
2012-07-17 06:55:47 PM

misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?


I like going to McDonalds restaurants in other countries because they often have unusual items on the menus. In fact I went recently to a Paris McDonalds and got some kind of ciabatta burger with pepper sauce and a drink called a Banania.
 
2012-07-17 06:58:02 PM
farking frenchies. Goddamn frogs.

France has scare-prone luddite guidos, too.

This is why I have no compassion for my own geographical roots.

And doubly why I agree with Mike Krahulik's stance on bullies.

"I will personally burn everything I've made to the farking ground if I think I can catch them in the flames."

That, folks, is true gangster right there.
 
2012-07-17 06:59:40 PM

MythDragon: [images.wikia.com image 764x573]
Not amused.
/but probably would have killed them all in .73 seconds.
//Damn I wish I had shades like that. *snikt*


"You idiots put pickles on my burger! I never asked for this!" *knocks everyone the fark out*

/Going for the "Pacifist" cheevo
 
2012-07-17 07:11:03 PM
WordyGrrlStill, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot. Forced to eat 100 Royales with Cheese, and then shot again. And then guillotined.

I have to say, I just got back from France, and I ate at a variety of places... the food at places like Le Procope was quite nice, but if you weren't up for spending 50 euros every meal (and that's as a solo traveler, not for a couple or a family), the rest of the restaurant food was just 'eh' and not generally any better than what you get at the McDonalds.

If you're from some place in the US like Minnesota that doesn't have very good food I can see why you might be amazed by French cuisine, but all I can personally recommend out there is the pastries. I'm visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, now and have been having much tastier food here than I did in France.
 
2012-07-17 07:14:20 PM
Has anyone posted an 80's sci-fi reference yet? I see Last Starfighter was covered, as was ST:TNG. This is how I imagine it looking if they managed to pull the glasses off him:

"Grab an imager off one of those agents!"

/maybe it's cause I just saw Ted
 
2012-07-17 07:56:35 PM

WordyGrrl: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

Because low-class friends of said tourists don't know what an Arc de Triomphe or Louvre are and will not be interested in things they do not comprehend. But they DO know what a McDonald's is and will express curiosity about how the Parisian McDonald's is different from their neighborhood's McDonald's.

Still, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot. Forced to eat 100 Royales with Cheese, and then shot again. And then guillotined.

/Did NOT go to McDonald's, but did have steak frites at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, and yes, the meal was sublime and inexpensive.


Give it a break hipster foodie. I've been to, Paris, Nice, and parts of the pyrenees, there is nothing special about french cuisine except the outrageous price and the shiat attitude of the servers like they're doing me a huge farking favor.
 
2012-07-17 07:59:36 PM

Eriond: Has anyone posted an 80's sci-fi reference yet? I see Last Starfighter was covered, as was ST:TNG. This is how I imagine it looking if they managed to pull the glasses off him:

"Grab an imager off one of those agents!"

/maybe it's cause I just saw Ted


Holy shiat. You posted a video to Youtube just for that? Epic.

And funny vid.

//Rum.
 
2012-07-17 08:01:10 PM

Cpl.D: A story about McDonalds?

[i301.photobucket.com image 500x281]

Write a story about this picture instead. Guaranteed to be more interesting and informative.


Tom Green?
 
2012-07-17 08:20:35 PM
As usual, people tend to not be able to separate the issues.

1. McDonald's had the right and perogative to not allow, or care for, him to record or photograph the inside of their establishment. Whether we agree with this or not, that's ok.
 
2012-07-17 08:23:43 PM
farking fat fingers..posted before;

2. Their response is plain wrong. Did they have no other alternative? "Please, sir, I'm going to have to ask you to leave. Oh, you refuse to leave? That's ok, I'll call the police. They have the authority to make you piss you pants."

Their opinion and comprehension of his activities are one issue, their response is another entirely. Just because someone is doing something you don't like doesn't mean you automatically get to do whatever you want to them.
 
2012-07-17 08:28:16 PM
Time will come when we all wear something like that...and solve situations like that with this:

raygun.10gauge.de
 
2012-07-17 08:33:07 PM
content9.flixster.com

That's it...blame the Fronch.

/ fronch fries, doncha know!
// I want my two dollars!
 
2012-07-17 08:42:13 PM

pudding7: "A doctor's note"? WTF, is this third grade? Like some McDonalds manager in Paris is going to give a shiat about your Canadian doctor's note about your weird camera-glasses.


Doctor's notes come in handy for adults in a lot of situations, actually. In airports, for example, going through airport security, people who have had hip replacements or other such surgeries that would show up on x-rays can avoid a lot of trouble by carrying them. Also people that need to carry medicine with them as they travel, such as insulin (which requires both refrigeration and hypodermic syringes.) As I think has already been pointed out, Mann is from Canada and was travelling in France, so one expects encounters with airport security.
 
2012-07-17 08:51:17 PM

digitalrain: [content9.flixster.com image 359x264]

That's it...blame the Fronch.

/ fronch fries, doncha know!
// I want my two dollars!


Perhaps he should have spoken the International Language
 
2012-07-17 08:52:36 PM

MythDragon: [images.wikia.com image 764x573]
Not amused.
/but probably would have killed them all in .73 seconds.
//Damn I wish I had shades like that. *snikt*


He needs to be cooler. Like twenty percent cooler.
 
2012-07-17 08:53:23 PM

BKITU: 23FPB23: www.nightmares.com

... we dine?


and we have a winner!!

/I giggle-snorted ;) Thanks!
 
2012-07-17 08:58:31 PM
That's why they attacked him? Because his glasses record what he sees? Drive thru next time perhaps....
 
2012-07-17 09:07:02 PM

ciberido: MythDragon: [images.wikia.com image 764x573]
Not amused.
/but probably would have killed them all in .73 seconds.
//Damn I wish I had shades like that. *snikt*

He needs to be cooler. Like twenty percent cooler.


Yeah, thats what I was thinking about when I posted.
 
2012-07-17 09:08:58 PM

IAmRight: WordyGrrl: Still, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot.

It's not like you only eat one meal there. And you really do have to go to one just to order a Royale with Cheese.

/plus everywhere else in France serves food for about 2 hours per day, so if you're hungry at an odd hour (if you just came over from North America, you probably are), McDonald's is one of few options


Never been to France, but I've eaten in McDonald's in several different countries. The food is a lot better than it is in American McDonald's. It's worth trying once just so you can experience a McDonald's hamburger that actually tastes good. And, as several people have pointed out already, it's possible that it's open at a time or place when nothing else is available, plus it's interesting to try things that aren't on the menu at your local McDonald's.

In general, if you have other options and you're going to be in the country for only a single day, sure, skip the McDonald's, but if you're going to be there for a while and have plenty of meals to "spend," it might be worth a try.

Personally, I used to eat at McDonald's reasonably often when I lived in Korea, because I can only eat Korean so many times in a row, and it's not always possible to cook for yourself.
 
2012-07-17 09:20:41 PM

Teufelaffe: digitalrain: [content9.flixster.com image 359x264]

That's it...blame the Fronch.

/ fronch fries, doncha know!
// I want my two dollars!

Perhaps he should have spoken the International Language


Bah weep gragnah weep nini bong!!!

Wait...that's the universal greeting...
 
2012-07-17 09:28:34 PM
Has to be done:

klingonweapons.com

+

images.zap2it.com

=

www.interaction-design.org
 
2012-07-17 09:55:50 PM
What amuses me is that places like museums, which typically have quite strict rules about recording devices, didn't have any problems with his EyeTap, but a McD's did.

Another point of consideration for those that say, "They have the right to kick him out!" is that, yes, they do, and they chose not to when they first confronted him.
FTFA:
"I showed this doctor's letter and the documentation to the purported McDonalds employee who had stopped me in the McDonalds line.
"After reviewing the documentation, the purported McDonalds employee accepted me (and my family) as a customer, and left us to place our order.
"
It was only after he had been allowed to remain, ordered, sat down and then started eating that he was confronted again (more aggressively, according to his blog).
 
2012-07-17 10:38:43 PM

Bender The Offender: WordyGrrl: misanthropologist: This is what happens when you do the low-class tourist thing. Why the fark would you bother with MacDonald's in Paris? Or anywhere for that matter...?

Because low-class friends of said tourists don't know what an Arc de Triomphe or Louvre are and will not be interested in things they do not comprehend. But they DO know what a McDonald's is and will express curiosity about how the Parisian McDonald's is different from their neighborhood's McDonald's.

Still, anyone who skips out on trying real food when they're in one of the world's centers of great cuisine should be shot. Forced to eat 100 Royales with Cheese, and then shot again. And then guillotined.

/Did NOT go to McDonald's, but did have steak frites at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, and yes, the meal was sublime and inexpensive.

Give it a break hipster foodie. I've been to, Paris, Nice, and parts of the pyrenees, there is nothing special about french cuisine except the outrageous price and the shiat attitude of the servers like they're doing me a huge farking favor.


Eh, I've been to Paree a few times, never gotten bad service. Food WAS good, and no more expensive than in Boston, but as you say, you can find its equal in plenty of places nowadays.

Now what they REALLY need to work on is their coffee.
 
2012-07-17 11:10:41 PM

burning_bridge: What, is this guy blind or is it just some dork who's waaaay too into TV?


HumanBeingsSuck: He's visually impaired, and is a pioneer of visual assistance technology. It's basically his bionic eye.


You just missed your answer by like a minute. Wikipedia also has an article about him. He's a university professor; this is part of his career.
 
2012-07-17 11:28:48 PM

camaroash: Eriond: Has anyone posted an 80's sci-fi reference yet? I see Last Starfighter was covered, as was ST:TNG. This is how I imagine it looking if they managed to pull the glasses off him:

"Grab an imager off one of those agents!"

/maybe it's cause I just saw Ted

Holy shiat. You posted a video to Youtube just for that? Epic.

And funny vid.

//Rum.


Yeah well I couldn't find that clip anywhere else. Had the movie on my pc already (don't judge), clipped and uploaded. :)
 
2012-07-17 11:51:26 PM

karmaceutical: Worst backpeddle in Fark history right here, folks.


It's not a backpeddle at all, so I'm not sure how "worst" would apply. What exactly are you trying to criticize?
 
2012-07-18 12:30:57 AM

BigJT: What amuses me is that places like museums, which typically have quite strict rules about recording devices, didn't have any problems with his EyeTap, but a McD's did.

Another point of consideration for those that say, "They have the right to kick him out!" is that, yes, they do, and they chose not to when they first confronted him.
FTFA:
"I showed this doctor's letter and the documentation to the purported McDonalds employee who had stopped me in the McDonalds line.
"After reviewing the documentation, the purported McDonalds employee accepted me (and my family) as a customer, and left us to place our order."
It was only after he had been allowed to remain, ordered, sat down and then started eating that he was confronted again (more aggressively, according to his blog).


The thing is if you grab someone like that...it's assault(even in France). Even the kid with downs syndrome that Wendy's hires to sweep the floor understands that you can't just attack someone like that; which begs the question: who are the mouth breathers that McDonald's in Paris is hiring and with Paris' level of unemployment why can't they do better?
 
2012-07-18 12:55:07 AM

ciberido: karmaceutical: Worst backpeddle in Fark history right here, folks.

It's not a backpeddle at all, so I'm not sure how "worst" would apply. What exactly are you trying to criticize?


ADMITTING YOU'VE MADE A MISTAKE IS BACK-PEDALLING!

That's how it works in America, or so the political news from America tells me.
 
2012-07-18 01:22:53 AM
I will boycott McDonald's.

Given I haven't eaten that awful shiat in decades and wouldn't be caught dead in one, good as done.
 
2012-07-18 02:27:22 AM

capt.hollister: ModernLuddite: People who video blog in public deserve to be assaulted.

This is not snark or sarcasm. Put your God damned cameras down.

Agreed.

And furthermore, in France you cannot record private citizens going about their business without their express written consent, whether they are in a private place, such as Mcd's, or out in public.

The hell with him. If he feels he must record everything and everyone let him do it in countries like the UK or the US where citizens do not own the right to their own image.


Does this mean I can't take pictures in public when I'm in Paris? Or do I have to get a release from every farking person milling around the base of the Eiffel Tower?
 
2012-07-18 02:32:49 AM

RexTalionis: bekovich: Did I miss the beginning of this article? Why did he suddenly get attacked? What happened to provoke the workers trying to rip the guys glasses off?

Apparently, the prevailing theory is that employees at French McDonald's have been extremely hostile to customers with recording devices because of a series of investigative reports on the cleanliness of McDonald's in France. In an earlier incident, a tourist took a picture of the French McDonald's menu and was accosted by the staff and forced to delete the picture from their camera.


So they're super-defensive because their menus are dirty? I still don't get it.
 
2012-07-18 02:41:43 AM

Raoul Eaton: RexTalionis: bekovich: Did I miss the beginning of this article? Why did he suddenly get attacked? What happened to provoke the workers trying to rip the guys glasses off?

Apparently, the prevailing theory is that employees at French McDonald's have been extremely hostile to customers with recording devices because of a series of investigative reports on the cleanliness of McDonald's in France. In an earlier incident, a tourist took a picture of the French McDonald's menu and was accosted by the staff and forced to delete the picture from their camera.

So they're super-defensive because their menus are dirty? I still don't get it.



They were assholes. Pretty much explains everything.
 
2012-07-18 02:55:35 AM
We're seeing a lot of patent applications on this stuff, class 348/subclass 53 or whatever. Now that display technology and camera technology have skyrocketed over the past few years, this shiat is actually doable beyond just prototyping.

You only wear semi-normal headwear (slightly large sunglasses), and the post processing they're doing based on your specific visual impairment is ridiculous. Like if you have those black spots in your vision blocking the center of your FoV or various spots at the edges, you'll initially configure the device to where your spots are, and then after it grabs the image of your entire FoV, it distorts the portion-of-the-image-you-can't-see into the portion-of-the-image-that-you-can-see. And then your brain figures it out. It's farking nuts.
 
2012-07-18 03:33:29 AM

nickerj1: We're seeing a lot of patent applications on this stuff, class 348/subclass 53 or whatever. Now that display technology and camera technology have skyrocketed over the past few years, this shiat is actually doable beyond just prototyping.

You only wear semi-normal headwear (slightly large sunglasses), and the post processing they're doing based on your specific visual impairment is ridiculous. Like if you have those black spots in your vision blocking the center of your FoV or various spots at the edges, you'll initially configure the device to where your spots are, and then after it grabs the image of your entire FoV, it distorts the portion-of-the-image-you-can't-see into the portion-of-the-image-that-you-can-see. And then your brain figures it out. It's farking nuts.


The race is on, and I see it every day.... between stem cell shot patients returning from mexico to mass lasering of retinal damage from diabetes.

What you are talking about is where it is at. for at least the next 20 years.
 
2012-07-18 10:00:59 AM
machodonkeywrestler:
He only turned on the filming capability when the situation escalated. Thankfully so, from the way he was treated. Are you actually saying that a blindness "cure" would be outlawed due to the fact that it transmits to the retina, because the guy had an explanation from the doctor and the difference between this guys situation, and a blind person in the same situation is negligible. I'm pretty sure that France does not allow you to discriminate due to medical conditions, even if there is a law against filming in public in France.

I started wondering about his doctor's explanation from the moment I read the article and I have one nagging question: what language was it written in ? and even assuming that it was written in French (which is a bit of a leap of faith), I still would not expect McD's employees to take it at face value. It may have served him that his device has recording capability, but it begs the question as to why it has recording capability. Presumably the laudable desire to provide vision to the blind does not require the ability to record minutes of video...

Raoul Eaton:
Does this mean I can't take pictures in public when I'm in Paris? Or do I have to get a release from every farking person milling around the base of the Eiffel Tower?

That's actually a grey area. Certainly, you cannot shoot that cute couple embracing on the Champs de Mars, or the guy selling miniatures of the tower. On the other hand, there's no issue with shooting people watching the parade on Bastille day.

BStorm:
Thanks for pointing out that you're not a legal expert.. some people might have been confused by your brilliant legal analysis that McDonald's employees are legally justified and empowered to physically assault someone who hasn't actually done anything wrong.

Seems the 'Right to Image' laws you speak of have little to do with capturing someone's image in public and primarily involve publishing those images without permission.


You're technically correct, but in countries where these laws exist it is still a bad idea to record individuals without asking, especially since many photos do end-up being published, if only on social media. Seriously, most people know (or think they know) the law and can be very militant about this.

.
 
2012-07-18 11:26:49 AM

Jackpot777: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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

Where did this incident take place again? Burger King?

Not only a McDonald's. One in France.

Way to break the stereotype of Americans staggering around Europe like zombies, moaning, "Big Mac... Parade magazine ...baseball scores... somebody help me..."

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"Would you like some Champagne Américain with your Big Mac, monsieur?"


Just don't ask for the Filet Américain. This guy knows why.

/pretty funny any other time but lunch.
 
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