UK Man Questioned for Photographing Daughter in Shopping Center
October 11, 2011 12:43 PM
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The photo that Chris White took of his daughter Hazel in the Braehead shopping center
(Source: BBC News)
UK citizen Chris White took his daughter, Hazel, to the Braehead shopping center near Glasgow on Friday and ran into trouble when photographing her within the mall
The U.S. has had its share of photo-related issues when police officers were
arresting citizens for videotaping or photographing them
while on duty. But a recent incident in the UK took the prohibition of photography to an entirely new level when a citizen was told he was not allowed to photograph his own daughter.
UK citizen Chris White took his daughter to the Braehead shopping center near Glasgow on Friday and ran into trouble when photographing her within the mall.
According to White, he had photographed his daughter eating an ice cream while "looking cute on the back of a Vespa seat at an ice cream bar." He had uploaded the photos to Facebook.
White was then approached by a security guard, who told him to delete the photos he had taken. The security guard also mentioned that there were signs within the establishment saying that photographs were not allowed. Apparently, employees at the ice cream bar had told security that they were suspicious of White for taking pictures at their counter, and had thought that he was also taking pictures of them.
White told the security guard that he had already sent the two photos to Facebook, and that's when the
police were called
. They took White's information and noted that they could take the mobile phone as well under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. White was then allowed to leave.
A spokesman for the Braehead shopping center assured that the police were polite about dealing with the situation, and that the matter was handled correctly.
"Our priority is always to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all of our shoppers and retailers," said the Braehead spokesman. "The member of our security staff acted in good faith. We have a
'no photography' policy
in the centre to protect the privacy of staff and shoppers and to have a legitimate opportunity to challenge suspicious behavior if required. However, it is not our intention to -- and we do not -- stop innocent family members taking pictures."
Superintendent George Nedley, of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde division, said a "full review" has been launched in regards to a complaint regarding White's photography incident.
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Know what I mean, say no more!
10/11/2011 12:58:50 PM
A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat, know what I mean? Nudge nudge, wink wink.
RE: Know what I mean, say no more!
10/11/2011 3:08:44 PM
excellent reference. kudos to you sir.
this is the UK--the most rapidly declining westernized nation. from arresting people with "evidence" scoured from facebook, to harrassing people taking pictures of their kids, to prosecuting citizens to have the audacity to defend their own property with a firearm....britain is the clear leader for liberal-decline.
i won't be surprised in the least if sharia law is in codified acceptance within the next 10 years.
RE: Know what I mean, say no more!
10/12/2011 11:53:38 AM
...and if U.S. citizens aren't careful, they'll be the next rapidly declining westernized nation.
We aren't far behind here in Canada: I just read an article about a guy who is charged with "hate crime" because he distributed "material" that decried homosexuality. As much as I might disagree with him, IMO he has every right to express his opinion.
This is what western civilization is coming to. This is what democracy looks like when you favor collective rights over individual rights.
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