|Tue June 19 2007 23:26:16|
Google 'Suspect' Kicked out of eBay Conference
By: Ina Steiner
Google Blogoscoped reports that two men were ejected from eBay's gala celebration during eBay Live. The person who witnessed the ejection said eBay security escorted the two from the dance floor on Saturday night.
A trusted source told me separately (before the Google Blogoscoped post) that he saw the other side of the story - he was standing outside smoking when "four big burley security guys were ushering a guy who was protesting loudly. He was wearing a Google polo shirt and backpack and was complaining loudly that he didn't work for Google and eBay was a Gestapo and should believe in competition. I looked at his badge and it was a guest badge he didn't have an eBay username. I couldn't talk to him because he wouldn't stop screaming at everyone one who would listen, but he had a friend with him who told me he used to intern at Google and that's where he got the shirt."
eBay Live is virtually over, and what does eBay get out of this incident? The satisfaction of knowing they MIGHT have kicked out a Google employee from their event?
The incident is reminiscent of eBay forcing a protester at eBay Live 2004 in New Orleans from the sidewalk in front of the convention center to the median strip. Nancy Spaulding was protesting eBay's billing glitches.