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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Being harassed by overzealous security personnel in PUBLIC PLACES should be banned. And stop telling malls are Private Property. Make a fence around it and I will not trespass I promise. If malls want our money(and that is all they want) then they must have us with our cameras and cellphones in 2011!
If anyone working there does not want to be seen or photographed working then don't work there. If you have a shop window and do not want it to be photographed then don't have a shop. Malls are all about "Display" and for me not being able to pass on what I am seeing displayed is infringing on my freedom of and liberty to share my visual information. Malls Lobbies and Greeting areas should be classified by LAW as PUBLIC PLACES. The only thing the Mall has to do is to provide health cleanliness and security for me to come and spend my time and money in return. Fair ? The legal PRIVATE PROPERTY status of malls should be revoked as lobbies and greeting areas of Universities, all type of Stations air,train,bus,boat & Hotels. This Mall Study webpage explains it very well and I quote "Shopping malls today are no longer solely a place to do shopping. It has gained status as a social phenomenon. Not only is it a place where people can shop and spend, it is fast becoming a first-choice for people to gather for a wide variety of purposes. Mails have become important meeting places, especially for young people and seniors (Graham 1988; Feinberg, Meoli and Sheffier 1989). Mall managers have built on this trend by instituting many special events such as home improvement expos, walking clubs, art exhibits, health screening, auto shows, and live music (Christman 1988)" read on at
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