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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Panties in a bunch. Why?
10/12/2011 1:25:05 PM
Seems like fear-mongering is winning over logic these days. Let me ask you? How many times have we heard of a foiled attempts of terror? I lived most of my life in Delhi, India... Well, we have very friendly neighbours (Pakistan), who in all their 60+ years of existence, have only given grief.
Authorities globally, have shown a total lack of understanding of who, what does whatever affects most of us, and infact some of them are clandestinely supporting such elements as well, but that's another story.
What we, the people have seen is curbs imposed ever so more on our freedoms. Well, i will not go so far as to lend credence to it as a conspiracy, but this is ill mannered and in real bad taste. Come on. Couldn't you have asked him to vacate the premises, politely? He was with his little girl. Imagine, what all must have gone on in her mind. Hope he sues the mall and collects some cash (a million or two) for their trouble. Then some extra fines imposed over the mall owners wouldn't be out of place either.
Malls and other such "public" places do have a right to let you in, or show you out. However, this is a little too much by whatever logic you look at it. This is coming from a person who lived in one of the most disturbed areas.
All those who say that they would turn on someone else just for that "feeling" of safety... sometimes we are only as safe as safe as we make others feel. This is not to say that i do not understand the sentiment, but emotions sometimes have a way of clouding logic, and that precisely is what i detect.
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