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article imageMcDonald's accused of assaulting man wearing Digital Eye Glass

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By Darren Weir     Jul 18, 2012 in Technology
Paris - A Toronto professor wearing a computer assisted eyeglass claims he was roughed up by staff in a Parisian McDonald's who tried to rip the apparatus off his head.
Dr. Steve Mann, a computer engineering professor at the University of Toronto has been wearing the glass, known as the EyeTap Digital Eye Glass for the past 13 years. It's technology that he created to enhance his memory and vision and to enhance his experiences.
But Mann writes in his blog that when he and his family stopped off at a McDonald's on the Champs Elysee while on vacation last month, he was approached by a McDonald's employee while he was standing in line and asked about the device. Mann says after he showed the employee documentation and a letter from his doctor he was able to place his order. But after he and his family sat down to eat, another employee came over and tried to pull off the glass, that is permanently attached to Mann's head and can only be removed with special tools. "I tried to calm him down and I showed him the letter from my doctor and the documentation I had brought with me. He then brought me to two other persons. He was standing in the middle, right in front of me, and there was another person to my left seated at a table, and a third person to my right." "After all three of them reviewed this material, and deliberated on it for some time, (the employee sitting at the table) angrily crumpled and ripped up the letter from my doctor. My other documentation was also destroyed by (the first employee)." He claims he was then pushed out into the street.
Luckily the Eye Glass captured images of the attackers, which he has posted on his blog in an effort to identify them. Mann writes he is not looking "to be awarded money. I just want my Glass fixed, and it would also be nice if McDonald's would see fit to support vision research."
Mann says he has not been able to reach anyone at McDonald's and didn't get any help when he tried to contact the police or the Canadian Embassy.
The Register says McDonald's issued a statement saying, "We share the concern regarding Dr. Mann's account about his July 1 visit to a Paris McDonald's. A thorough investigation continues and we are still working to gather the facts. As part of that process, the McDonald's France team has made several attempts to reach Dr. Mann directly. While we work to learn more about this situation, it's clear to us that Dr. Mann and his family were not pleased with their visit; for that, we apologize."
The CBC reports this isn't Mann's first run-in over the Eyeglass. Back in 2002 he was detained by security personnel at St. John's International Airport and reportedly had some of the implants and hardware he wears, removed.
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