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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 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?
 
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