If You Put That Picture On The Internet I'll Call My Lawyer

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Blogged it here.

This guy was on the corner of Stockton and Columbus in San Francisco yelling at a homeless man. Anger, conflict, drama — sounds like a great shot to me. I crossed the street but was unable to get anything interesting, since I only had my 50mm lens on the camera and I was just too far away.

However, Mr. Angry Overreaction Man decided that he now had a problem with me. He confronted me, demanding my camera. Of course, I refused. He got in my face and started threatening me, telling me that I cannot take his photo without his permission. I told him that yes, in fact, I can. He then walked up and bumped into me, trying to act tough. I told him that one more touch and I would call the police.

Of course, he didn’t like that very much, and at that point told me that if I put his picture on the internet, he would call his laywer. I assured him that his photo would be on the internet, and he then walked up and grabbed my camera lens. Well, that’s just not something that I will put up with, so I pulled the camera away from him and reached for my phone and started dialing. Once he saw that he turned away, still yelling threats, and continued on his way.

I felt bad for his daughter, who was with him, because she was obviously embarrassed by his antics and kept pleading with him to stop. I have a great shot showing her looking up as if saying “Oh boy, here he goes again”. But I’m not going to post that one, as she was not acting like an idiot and I don’t want to embarrass her. Mr. Angry Overreaction Man seems to do enough of that.

So, Mr. Angry Overreaction Man, your photo is now on the internet. Call your lawyer. Tell him somebody on a public sidewalk took your photo while you were on a public sidewalk. Then tell him you physically assaulted the photographer. See what he says.


Update: Explore, #1, May 6th. Thanks everybody!

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  1. Ciao Chow 55 months ago | reply

    what an ass

  2. esquareda 55 months ago | reply

    I'm putting together a Creative Commons based ePub using your photo on the cover. It looks fantastic! Here is a preview: www.flickr.com/photos/esquareda/5027626577/

  3. Julian Baker 53 months ago | reply

    Did you get his number? I may want to hire him.

  4. Jonathan Taphouse 50 months ago | reply

    priceless!! love the bluetooth headset :D

  5. Griesgramïg 50 months ago | reply

    One of the most hilarious history behind the picture.

  6. It's my whole damn raison d'etre 49 months ago | reply

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  7. AmyLouPics 49 months ago | reply

    I popped over from Almond's stream

    this is awesome....so sorry that you had such a strange confrontation...but the photo is priceless

  8. jeff o_o 48 months ago | reply

    Ha ha ha! What a dickhead. To add to it he's got one of them stupid bluetooth things in his ear.

  9. zneppi, the photo freak 47 months ago | reply

    Maybe you're interested in, that I found the very same Image from an other Photographer...

    If You Put That Picture On The Internet I’ll Call My Lawyer

  10. ManWithCamera 47 months ago | reply

    Thomas and Jeremy are friends and Thomas gave credit to Jeremy. I doubt that he is unaware.

  11. Jeremy Brooks 47 months ago | reply

    I was aware of it, yes. It had attribution, so no worries.

  12. erikbetti 45 months ago | reply

    well played man :)

  13. Snakedoctor's Blues 39 months ago | reply

    Ditto all the kudos! Way to go!

  14. ashi 39 months ago | reply

    I feel you pain...

    "Publish my photo and I'll sue you!"

  15. khouryp23 37 months ago | reply

    nice shot. I got a wooden sword pointed at me by a SF local. Its a pretty confrontational city.


  16. southstreetphoto [deleted] 36 months ago | reply

    What an idiot. You should have called the police right away.

  17. TriPodRoD 34 months ago | reply

    Grate Shot.

  18. Tai-Pan 27 months ago | reply

    The world is full of imbeciles... However, it is not that easy to get such a good shot of one. Congrats!

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