All for your safety

Aaaaahh… The tranquility of sitting at an outdoor café in one of the civilized areas of a european metropolis immersing yourself in reading a book while being watched over by machines of loving grace.

[Naïve as I was, I was sure this was some absurd kind of cynical art installation. A friend later told me no, the cameras was to make sure that the customers paid or did not behave inappropriately. Later I saw the same kind of large grey cameras, pointing directly down on the nearest tables, at several other cafées.]