Sale: Extra Special Value

"Will a member of management dial 302 please?"

 

Apparently it is illegal to take this photograph. 60 seconds after I lined up my camera for this (admittedly) okay shot I was confronted.

 

"Can I help you?"

 

"No, just waiting for my prescription to be filled."

 

"I'm going to have to ask you to stop taking pictures here. You're not allowed."

 

"Okay. I was unaware."

 

"It's against the law. If you take anymore pictures I'll call the police."

 

"Wow. I had no idea."

 

This is my first encounter with someone telling me I'm breaking the law for taking a picture of some lights and a sale sign. So, uh, I guess this is an illegal photo.

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  • billrogers945 9y

    A company may decide to prohibit customers from taking photographs. Thus, the statement "You're not allowed" is correct.

    "It's against the law" is not correct.

    Who knows how the local police would react? Somehow I doubt that they would be on your side.

    Slightly off-topic, my favorite advertisting jingle of all time is this K-Mart jingle from the 1960s and 70s: "Let's go K-Marting at K-Mart, and save the K-Mart way."
  • caseywest PRO 9y

    Yeah, I figured that I wasn't allowed. I had half a mind to snap her picture and be banned from K-mart forever. I've been trying to ban myself from K-mart for years. I hate that place.

    The only reason I go there is for the pharmacy. They're more helpful than the Giant Eagle people. I would go to Target for the design but the closest Target is 30 minutes away in Monroeville.
  • Stephanie Steele PRO 9y

    You know if you swear at a police officer inthe Walmart parking lot on your 25th birthday you will get a disorderly conduct, and have to sign a "no tresspassing clause" saying you agree to never go into another walmart again... :o)
    Or so I heard...
    From a friend, yea that's it... a friend...
  • caseywest PRO 9y

    Good to know, Steph. Tell your... friend I said thanks. :-)
  • javadoug 9y

    All interesting info. Thanks for posting.
  • SchultzLabs 8y

    I would have gone back the next day with the camera again.

    I think the situation boils down to -- they can ask you to leave the premises (aka, their private property). If you refuse, you are guilty of Defiant Trespass.

    Other than that, they don't have anything to say. In short, carrying a camera is similar to carrying a gun -- neither are illegal, but they can still ask you to leave.
  • macwagen PRO 8y

    Yea...unfortunately I get this speech with amazing regularity.
  • Tiffany Bator 8y

    This picture is so much better just because it is "illegal" :-)
  • 顔なし 8y

    what bugs me not is the fact "they" tell people to stop taking pictures, I understand that, it's well within their rights, it's private property, it's how rude and offensive most people get when telling you they don't want you taking pictures.
  • Justin Hill 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Kmart, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • midtownmallrocs 7y

    I took shots of the Kmart interior in Irondequoit, NY right in front of employees. They are losing their jobs, so I doubt any of them cared. If you want, take a look at my Irondequoit Mall interior photos. Underneath one of these, I mentioned a similar situation like yours.
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