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 9:56:33 PM
... and in case you didn't get it yet, the whole reason this made the news is how ridiculous and wrong it is. If they had done the right thing and only asked him to leave it would have been normal, commonplace, and acceptable to the majority even if it seemed a mean spirited way to run a business.
10/11/2011 10:35:55 PM
Apparently you don't get it and so what anyway, a lot of ridiculous crap happens. The only reason this makes news is because its political which this site was never meant to go near to begin with.
Of course if the guy just followed some simple rules to begin with none of this would have happened, so how ridiculous is he? But noooo, he had to do what he wanted to in a place that didn't belong to him and then start distributing his photos of a private establishment on the web. As far as we know he probably popped off with an attitude when asked to knock it off by the security guards instead of deleting a stupid photo, which is why the police were called in.
You assume they got arrogant with the man first. All they wanted was the guy to delete the photos. Could have just as well let him go about his way and continue to stay in the establishment and enjoy the place after removing the photos. Then again he could just as well been some pompous moron spouting off how he could do whatever the heck he wanted to in someone elses place cause he felt like it.
The lesson here is when you are in someone elses establishment you should probably conduct yourself like a guest, just as you would expect them to abide by your rules if they were guest in your home.
10/12/2011 9:27:56 PM
... and if someone doesn't act like a guest you ask them to leave, it doesn't give you the right to search, confiscate, or demand they destroy their OWN PROPERTY.
I can't imagine what you "think" live would be like if you were right. Fortunately you aren't.
You walk onto someone property and all they can do is ask you to leave. They cannot command you to do anything else, their only other option is call the police and detain you till police arrive. Anything else is a criminal act by the property holder.
If you don't understand that's ok by me. Owning property does not mean you own anyone that wanders onto the property and if you don't own them you do not control what they do except to have them leave.
I tell ya what, post your address and I'll find some way to trick you to come over to my place, and I'll post some hidden "rule" somewhere that you didn't know about, then once you have broken that rule I'll confiscate your belongings, and force you be my butler for a couple years because you broke my MAGIC RULE.
lol... the world doesn't work like that, owning property means you control the property, NOT someone you invite onto it.
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