McDonalds has issued a statement regarding the bizarre altercation that took place in a Paris branch of the burger chain, in which Dr Steve Mann claims to have had his augmented reality specs pulled off his head by angry staff members.
Bosses of the reconstituted meat seller claim to have interviewed the employees photographed allegedly pulling off Mann’s glasses, tearing up his paperwork and chucking him out of the restaurant, and have said it was actually a “polite” encounter. Here’s a snippet from the McD’s defence:
In addition, several staff members involved have been interviewed individually, and all independently and consistently expressed that their interaction with Dr. Mann was polite and did not involve a physical altercation. Our crew members and restaurant security staff have informed us that they did not damage any of Mr. Mann’s personal possessions.
All of which completely goes against the actual photographic evidence of the encounter that was captured by Mann’s cyber-spectacles, which buffered the above image of a McDonalds man reaching out to seemingly touch the poor guy’s AR specs.
At least when we live in a future in which we’re all wearing digital specs that constantly sync our every encounter and conversation to the cloud, there won’t be any doubting people’s versions of events. Because they’ll all be on YouTube covered in adverts. [Laptop]