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Feds Interrogate Man Wearing Google Glass in Movie Theater
betabeat.com ^ | 1/21/14 9:35am | By Jordyn Taylor

Posted on 01/21/2014 10:26:20 AM PST by Red Badger

As if you needed another reason not to wear your dumb Google Glass in public—or ever, actually—an Ohio man claims he was yanked out of a movie theater and interrogated by federal agents, who believed he was illegally filming the movie with his face computer.

The man’s full account is posted on The Gadgeteer, but we’ll summarize it here so you can get the gist of it before you’re engulfed forever in this ghastly winter storm.

Last Saturday, our Glass-wearing protagonist and his wife went to a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit at an AMC in Columbus, Ohio. About an hour into the movie, he says some federal agents yanked the Glass off the man’s face, pulled the pair out of the theater and took them to separate interrogation rooms.

The man, who’d just been trying to enjoy a crappy movie with his lovely wife on a Saturday night, says he was accused of illegally taping the movie and questioned extensively about “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.”

The agents also allegedly displayed this level of ridiculousness:

They wanted to know where I got Glass and how did I came by having it. I told them I applied about 1000 times to get in the explorer program, and eventually I was selected, and I got the Glass from Google. I offered to show them receipt and Google Glass website if they would allow me to access any computer with internet. Of course, that was not an option. Then they wanted to know what does Google ask of me in exchange for Glass, how much is Google paying me, who is my boss and why am I recording the movie.

After an hour of intense interrogation, the agents hooked the Glass up to a computer, and saw that all it was storing were personal family photos, he says. They allegedly went through his phone, too, and found nothing.

Then everybody felt really bad, and gave the man and his wife four free movie passes, so they can go see Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit again, twice.

Based on this strange tale, here are some things we should probably establish:

1) AMC needs to learn what Google Glass is, set out a policy as to whether its patrons can wear it or not. Yes, it’s pretty weird and suspicious that this dude was wearing Glass to the movies. Why would anybody do that, if not to film the movie? But having the feds remove a man from his seat mid-movie is pretty shitty, when what he’s doing isn’t expressly prohibited in the first place.

2) Law enforcement officials should make an effort to keep up-to-date on the latest technological advancements, so they don’t unintentionally behave like dodos.

3) Not that we couldn’t guess this before, but Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is probably a move that you should not go see.

UPDATE: The man was wearing Google Glass that had prescription lenses, meaning he needed the Glass to see the movie. He also told Gadgeteer he could have moved a few rows up to see, though. We are awaiting a call back from AMC about their policy on wearing Glass — prescription or not — in theaters.


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1 posted on 01/21/2014 10:26:20 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: null and void; ShadowAce

Ping!...............


2 posted on 01/21/2014 10:26:48 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger; Revolting cat!; GeronL

They should’ve gone to the movie manager if they had a complaint about the patron.


3 posted on 01/21/2014 10:28:06 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Red Badger

don’t wear a camera to see a movie


4 posted on 01/21/2014 10:30:34 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Revolting cat!; Daffynition
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5 posted on 01/21/2014 10:30:35 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

It seems that the movie manager called the FBI...............


6 posted on 01/21/2014 10:30:35 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Four free tickets? The attorney from Seinfield could get more than that.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 10:30:54 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Red Badger

“Am I being detained?”
“I have nothing to say and desire legal representation”


8 posted on 01/21/2014 10:31:01 AM PST by NY.SS-Bar9 (Those that vote for a living outnumber those that work for one.)
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To: Red Badger

Federal agents? Really? Are they sure they weren’t just AMC security employees, or local cops? It is hard to believe that Federal agents are on the beck and call of a local AMC theater operator.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 10:31:31 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: Red Badger
True story from when I lived in Japan, one of the most lucrative movie markets in the world. The tickets are quite pricey, but they really don't care what food you bring in because their concession stand is priced like the local 7-11.

Anyway, foreigners were always first in line to the premiers. And bootleg copies of the movie (complete with coughing or audience noise on the soundtrack) were always showing up in on the streets of Seoul, Hong Kong, Djkarta, Bangkok, Chennai and Beijing within 24 hours later. How do you suppose that happened?

10 posted on 01/21/2014 10:31:41 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: GeronL

Don’t wear a camera.
It makes you look stupid...............


11 posted on 01/21/2014 10:31:46 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Geez.....repeated questions, no charges or accusations...ominous presence reminiscent of “papers please”....and no one asked what the f@ck a Fed goon was doing in the theatre and why in the hell does a citizen’s use of this item constitute a Gestapo pull-aside?

Damn it.


12 posted on 01/21/2014 10:31:53 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger

Amazing that the FBI could find agents to raid a theater in under an hour (the movie may have ended if they didn’t rush right in).

It’s called “priorities”.


13 posted on 01/21/2014 10:31:59 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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14 posted on 01/21/2014 10:32:23 AM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: Alas Babylon!

15 posted on 01/21/2014 10:32:53 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: a fool in paradise

These are federal agents? Don’t the feds have anything better to do than go after movie pirates? What an appalling waste of federal funds. Let the movie company do their own enforcement. They certainly have the money to do it.


16 posted on 01/21/2014 10:32:57 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: a fool in paradise

Well...you know...the FBI was there in Boston, too...weren’t they? Uh, no.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 10:33:16 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Red Badger
I had to look up Google Glass to even understand the article.

I'm not sure I understand the technology unless it IS for recording something without holding up a camera.

18 posted on 01/21/2014 10:33:40 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Bootlegs of theatrical releases are floating around right now thanks to the round of Hollywood awards screeners that have been leaked to the public.

Movie bootlegging is an inside job.

Rank amateurs film it off the screen. Even back “in the day”.


19 posted on 01/21/2014 10:33:43 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: knarf

It’s not just a ‘camera’, it is also a ‘net browser.............

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_glass


20 posted on 01/21/2014 10:35:05 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Like there aren’t better ways to copy...


21 posted on 01/21/2014 10:35:15 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Gaffer

Homeland Security has put a priority on protecting the commerical and intellectual interests of Hollywood. Fascism. Nothing but.

Anyone else who is wronged in such manner must find their own detectives to build a case of copyright violation.


22 posted on 01/21/2014 10:35:24 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Sacajaweau

The ‘copy’ would be like watching it with binoculars................


23 posted on 01/21/2014 10:36:33 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: a fool in paradise; Red Badger

That was quick.

A friends car was broken into, one of several in an apartment complex, things were stolen.... they called 911 and were told to send an email report to the cops. The cops did not even come out and pretend to investigate.


24 posted on 01/21/2014 10:36:36 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Red Badger

25 posted on 01/21/2014 10:37:15 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: a fool in paradise

Those filmed off the screen look and sound terrible. Occasionally, you will see the silhouette of someone getting up from their seat. Don’t ask me how I know . . .


26 posted on 01/21/2014 10:37:30 AM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: GeronL

Next time he should offer free donuts..................


27 posted on 01/21/2014 10:37:47 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: Red Badger

Federal agents?

The movie theatre workers must be getting paid off.

Did I hear that doormen in NYC are being trained to report “elder” abuse?

Hey, ChaCha BigBucks. You don’t want me to call the State and tell them I saw you hit yo Momma? You didn’t? Can you prove it? Fifty bucks a week then, Whitey!


28 posted on 01/21/2014 10:40:37 AM PST by Chickensoup (V)
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To: a fool in paradise
What tipped them off?


29 posted on 01/21/2014 10:41:20 AM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Jane Long

30 posted on 01/21/2014 10:41:31 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

When I bought a ticket to see this movie I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition.


31 posted on 01/21/2014 10:41:47 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Red Badger; All
The FBI sure works hard for the progressive left most crony capitalist industry on the planet

J Edgar Hoover must be rolling over in his grave.

32 posted on 01/21/2014 10:43:18 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: knarf
Some guy wearing these sat down in front of me. 5 minutes before the movie began.


33 posted on 01/21/2014 10:43:29 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Red Badger
Yeah, I saw that, but I STILL don't understand WHY someone would advance the technology.

Would you and I be doing what we're doing right now via a pair of glasses ?

no

Maybe some ROBOCOP guy could access Abby for the ID of the guy he's chasin' ... but even THEN ....

34 posted on 01/21/2014 10:44:55 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Dalberg-Acton

It’s even funnier when you hear the “cameraman” sneeze and the whole thing shakes for a second.


35 posted on 01/21/2014 10:45:21 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: a fool in paradise

Bingo.


36 posted on 01/21/2014 10:45:27 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Navy Patriot
What if it was Google that tipped off the Feds as to what he was watching, what apps were open, and what his geo-coordinates were?


37 posted on 01/21/2014 10:45:28 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Red Badger

Story is hard to believe. 6-10 “federal agents” and cops raid a theater in Columbus Ohio because one guy is seen with Google glasses?


38 posted on 01/21/2014 10:45:39 AM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: a fool in paradise

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.


39 posted on 01/21/2014 10:46:43 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Look ... if he paid for the seat that the stand is in ... where's the beef?

Now, if he thinks he's gonn'a pay for just ONE seat with that rig .... wellll, by GOD the fbi will be called in !

40 posted on 01/21/2014 10:47:02 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Such a great episode. Jerry was so offended initially, and then his ego took over when his work became known on the street, as that of a great artist.


41 posted on 01/21/2014 10:48:07 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Red Badger
questioned extensively about “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

Hint: When the police approach you in an investigative/interogative/detention sort of way....hand them your DL and your attorney's business card and say, "Officer, I am willing to help you in your investigation, but have been advised to remain quiet until my attorney arrives".

42 posted on 01/21/2014 10:48:08 AM PST by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Red Badger
What he should have told them: "......................."

For legal advice on speaking to police go here

43 posted on 01/21/2014 10:48:53 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Red Badger

Dear Federal Goon,

Are you going to charge me with something, or can I go now.

These things are LEGAL and you have no proof I was using them illegally.

Now, quit asking stupid questions and leave me alone.

Just because you’ve concocted some intricate fantasy, doesn’t mean I’ve done something wrong.


44 posted on 01/21/2014 10:48:55 AM PST by G Larry
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To: Red Badger

Man, I’m glad the feds are looking into this. It’s MUCH more important than Benghazi, gun runner and the IRS thingy.


45 posted on 01/21/2014 10:49:09 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Navy Patriot

I HAVE seen figures with night vision goggles watching the crowd at movie preview screenings (the type radio stations hand out passes for). I figured they were with the studios, not federal agents.

Also, there is hidden stamping in the film prints themselves (at least dating back to the first Tim Burton Batman) so the studios can ID which print/theater likely spawned the bootleg.

Don’t know though with the internally leaked digital transfers (the ones that say “AWARD SCREENING AUDIENCE ONLY” or some such disclaimer) and film being replaced by digital projection.


46 posted on 01/21/2014 10:49:19 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise
What if it was Google that tipped off the Feds as to what he was watching, what apps were open, and what his geo-coordinates were?

Well if it was, Snowden forwarded it to Putin as soon as it came in.

47 posted on 01/21/2014 10:49:28 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: knarf
"Lady, could you please remove your hat? I'm trying to watch the movie."


48 posted on 01/21/2014 10:50:39 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: andyk
You'll cry, and cry again.


49 posted on 01/21/2014 10:51:44 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise; dfwgator
When I bought a ticket to see this movie I didn’t expect the Spanish Inquisition.

NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!

50 posted on 01/21/2014 10:52:58 AM PST by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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