Some cool id theft images:
Verboten Photograph Taken at the Kroger SuperSecret Store
Image by elycefeliz
This morning I was at the Kroger supermarket, and before I went in, I thought I’d try taking some photos of shopping carts in line. A woman came over and asked what I was taking pictures of – I said, the shopping carts. She was an employee of the store named Amber, and said, Did you ask the manager? I said, No, why? She said he doesn’t want people taking pictures at the store. I asked why, and she said she didn’t know, but she offered to find the manager so that I could ask for permission, and I said that would be fine.
When I was checking out at the register, she told me that she had talked to the manager, and he said that since I’d already taken the pictures, there was nothing he could do – he couldn’t take my camera away . . .
When she repeated that remark, I did get annoyed: yeah, you can’t take my camera away.
I was not given a reason why taking pictures was discouraged. There were no signs saying photos were prohibited. So it’s another arbitrary decision in a public place.
However, for him to make that statement about taking my camera was way out of line. It shows how his mind works: it occurred to him, and he’d probably like to take my camera, or at least delete the pictures.
I can understand employees being told to look out for shoplifters or disruptive shoppers, – or people who steal shopping carts, as often happens – but at this store, they’ve been told to watch for people taking photographs, without being told why.
Having been told that they don’t want any photography, I can accept that. I think they should have given me a valid reason – or even a silly one – but I can accept that, too.
What I do not accept is being treated so suspiciously – their thinking and priorities are out of whack.
Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they want. Public places include parks, sidewalks, malls, etc. Malls? Yeah. Even though it’s technically private property, being open to the public makes it public space.
Although “security” is often given as the reason somebody doesn’t want you to take photos, it’s rarely valid. Taking a photo of a publicly visible subject does not constitute terrorism, nor does it infringe on a company’s trade secrets.
If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures.
If someone tries to confiscate your camera and/or film, you don’t have to give it to them. If they take it by force or threaten you, they can be liable for things like theft and coercion. Even law enforcement officers need a court order.
Photographing of privately-owned property that is generally open to the public (i.e. retail) is permitted unless explicitly prohibited by posted signs.
All the more reason to shop at Findlay Market, where they’re friendly and don’t stop people from taking photos.
Taking pictures inside our stores is controlled so that magazines, competitors etc cannot misuse or pirate our business methods. This also protects our associates while at work. I hope this better answers your question.
#168 in a series for one photo a day for a year
Image by Kid Kameleon
ID Theft Prevention
Image by asos_obs1
Day 98 – Project 365:
ID Theft Prevention… It was quite cold and windy today and even though I had taken my camera out with me while running some errand this evening, nothing really turned out the way I wanted.
So what did I do? I came back performed some more chores and while collecting the recyclables and emptying the shredder, I stuffed the lens in this mess!
Wish I could do this with my credit card bills! Hah!