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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10/11/2011 2:19:59 PM
No, security footage doesn't get onto facebook usually, just youtube.
I can only imagine how divesting a photo of a happy girl enjoying an ice-cream at this shopping centre would be to their business.
It's a good job that they tried to stop this man though, else this might have only been viewed by a few people. Now it's gone global.
Hang on, maybe it's a marketing master stroke :o)
10/11/2011 3:41:46 PM
You go into the mall knowing that they are recording you on security cameras (or at least, you should be notified of it as you enter). If you don't like it, you can choose to forgo the shopping opportunity and not go into the mall. Likewise, the mall owners have chosen to allow you to enter their premises. If they don't like what you're doing (photographing, streaking, whatever), they can choose to uninvite you and forgo your shopping dollars. Nothing says the two parties
interact with each other, it's a mutually consensual business relationship.
There is no hypocrisy here. There is no law saying that the rules a property owner makes for guests must also apply to the owner. I open my refrigerator and grab food out of it all the time. I rearrange the books on my bookshelf. I sort my clothes in my dresser in the order I like. Does that mean I'm not allowed to complain if a guest does these things without asking me? Likewise, I can put security cameras in my house, while at the same time asking guests to leave if they start photographing or videotaping inside.
10/11/2011 5:20:23 PM
Sure, you can do that. You'll also end up with a news article about it and get negative PR.
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