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 9:53:09 PM
Actually, YES IT IS an open invitation for everyone to enter, they advertise to entice NEW customers as well as existing ones.
A governing body cannot past laws about what a business can or cannot do that repeal the national laws and personal rights!
Yes the business can make a rule that no pictures are allowed. If you do not follow that rule they can ask you to leave.
You are ignorant of the law. A business rule is NOT LAW. Ignorance of a business rule is not only acceptable, it is entirely normal and inevitable. You most definitely do not know the entirety of all rules of every business you have ever been to, so it is laughable that you can't grasp the difference between a legislative body making what is LAW, and a snarky business that has no right to govern over you.
Sorry buddy but you just don't get it. Walking onto someone's property does not make you their slave. They can ask you to leave, they can report any legal offense to police and detain you with probably cause that a LAW was broken, but what they cannot do is impose a rule and declare you are their puppet except for asking you to leave their property.
Get it yet? If it is not illegal to take pictures, without having broken a law, the most anyone can do is have you leave the private property or call law enforcement to have you removed from the property.
You seem to be suggesting there is a law that states that if you are on someone's private property, you can wait until they are on that property then command them like a puppet. Wrong.
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