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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.

Source: BBC News



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RE: Sad
By MrBlastman on 10/11/2011 1:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
Stupid Spam filter

The terrorists have won.

I bet when they see things like this they say something like this: "Hahahahaha look at those 1nf1d3l sw1ne w4ll0w in our superior dung! They tremble and squeal in f34r as our almighty 1sl4m sm1tes them all!" *throws sh0e at the television*

The second we give up freedoms due to terrorism is the second we start to give up ground. At least this happened in Germany and not America. Sadly though, I fear that a lot of us in the USA only care about football, beer and sitcoms and will probably never hear nor read about any of this.

Sorry for the readability. For some reason my second paragraph was seen as spam without the l33t speak?


RE: Sad
By kleinma on 10/11/2011 1:45:35 PM , Rating: 5
Germany <> UK, but thanks for playing the daily geography game..


RE: Sad
By sviola on 10/11/2011 2:00:24 PM , Rating: 3
I think he was mentioning the fact that Germany has backed down from fighting fundamentalist terrorists and their in general fear of hurting fundamentalist feelings in some recent episodes (like the muhamed caricatures a couple of years ago).


RE: Sad
By MrBlastman on 10/11/2011 2:22:32 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure where I got Germany from but I totally failed at reading comprehension here. :) Thanks for catching that. Maybe I was still caught up on the German trojan article, I dunno, but whatever. Substitute UK for Germany in my previous post.


RE: Sad
By Digimonkey on 10/11/2011 2:07:44 PM , Rating: 5
Hey you leave beer out of this!


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