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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sarah Slocum: New Video Reveals Troubling Portrait of Alleged Google Glass Attack Victim (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Update, 2:30 p.m.: Sarah Slocum responds. (See bottom.)

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A newly released video of Sarah Slocum's February altercation at Molotov's adds yet another troubling dimension to the Google Glass martyr who claims she was attacked because of her wearable computer.

According to a new video released, before the incident got violent at the dive bar, Slocum hurled a slew of profanities at patrons of Molotov's who asked not to be video-taped by her wearable gadgetry.

"Wait, wait, I wanna get this white trash on tape for as long as I can," Slocum says in the video, pointing at a woman who, moments before, had accused her of despoiling the city. Slocum's profanity-sluiced tirade went viral after it appeared on Raw Story late yesterday:

Here it is:

It was only the latest in a series of revelations about Slocum's disturbing behavior. Last week, SF Weekly uncovered multiple restraining orders issued against the self-proclaimed Glass crusader, including one in 2011, from Slocum's mother. This trail of documents followed an LA Times report about another restraining order filed by Slocum's neighbor, Jesse Campbell, in 2012.

Slocum has denied all claims listed in the court records. She's also maintained, in interviews with multiple news outlets, that she only began recording after another Molotov's patron attacked her -- a claim that this video appears to debunk.

In the weeks since Slocum incited an international debate about technology and privacy by sending her bar attack video to local news outlets, she's veered from sanctimonious "hate crime" victim, to self-anointed martyr, to troubled persona non grata. She's become a highly fraught symbol of technology and hubris in a rapidly developing city, alternately coddled and reviled.

In response to email queries, Slocum sent SF Weekly her own profusely detailed recount of the Molotov's incident.

Update, 2:30 p.m.: Sarah Slocum tells SF Weekly that she began recording the Molotov's incident after another patron (who she describes as an "off-duty bartender") made an obscene gesture, threw a bar rag, and said "Fuck Google."

"I'd had no interaction with these people," Slocum says. "Everything was fine, happy, normal, and I was just showing Glass to one of the other patrons." She says the verbal exchange took place after she announced intentions to record the incident and post it on social media.

She says the Campells' restraining order is "completely unjust" and that she's now on good terms with her mother, Maya Slocum.

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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.

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