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False Alarm: Homeland Security Called in on Google Glass Explorer


by on January 22, 2014

The future is now, so hide your books from the thought police or whichever mixed metaphor from high school English class you so choose, and get this:

A Google Glass Explorer went out for what he thought was just your average date night, taking in a movie with his wife at an AMC Theater in Columbus, Ohio. He bought two tickets to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, but he got a whole lot more than he bargained for.

An hour into the movie, our intrepid Explorer was removed from the theater by Federal Agents, who put him through hours of intensive questioning hoping to suss out “the big guy” at the top of an assumed bootleg movie cartel. Said Explorer had turned off Google Glass’ recording capabilities before entering the theater, but had recently put in prescription lenses and needed them to see.

After three hours’ interrogation, the Explorer convinced the Feds – later confirmed as Department of Homeland Security representatives – of his innocence, and was compensated for his troubles by a Motion Picture Association of America rep (they were the ones who called in the agents with their pirating concern) with four free tickets. Admittedly, they’d been having bootleg troubles at that particular theater, but calling in the Feds seems like a bit much.

Read more about the incident in the Columbus Dispatch.