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 4:47:35 PM
You are very right. If I could here I could show anyone X pictures I shot of USA warships & Helicopter carriers docked in HKG next to the Ocean Terminal shopping mall (meaning you can walk the mall car park for hours on end and zoom and photograph the vessel or go along with X thousand Chinese hopping around the ship as tourist/visitors and taking photographs of much of what is displayed. Anyone go to a good intl. airshow and shoot what ever is on display most likely some fancy military jets to show off the makers of the killing machines.
But no, a little girl eating ice cream that is dangerous.
Shopping mall "no photography "ares simply DUMB. I am a Designer and in Italy shop keepers go hay wire when they see you taking a photo of some wares displayed be it clothes or others as they think they will be replicated in a no time in Asia. But go at SIESTA time and not one soul cares. And buy the goods and they'll ship it to you in Hong Kong and China with great pleasure. So how DUMB is it to stop someone from shooting a sweater and therefor stopping me to mail the pic to my friend and ask her. "Shall I buy it for you" and loose the sale. The world has changed since he cold war especially Photography and taking photos knowingly (showing your camera) is nothing short of memorabilia collecting. The one who really is the danger is the one walking around with a pin hole video and films 99.9 % of a mall and inside stores and the mentally sick and dangerous who prey on woman, children or what ever makes them tick. Or staff for their own gain or the shop managers who send undercover video to prey on staff (and don't anyone tell me that is not happening) I work in a related industry that has a huge presence in malls and everything is game to know who does what how where and when.
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