Lost, or at Least Realizing Very Soon That None of This Will Matter


11 Comments so far

  1. laanba (unregistered) on November 29th, 2004 @ 6:38 am

    You can’t take pictures of the tree? That seems a little ridiculous and smacks of the Grinch to me. Well now I know I just need to watch out for the security guards before I whip out my camera. Its the new challenge: Take a picture of the Galleria Christmas Tree without losing your camera!

  2. who... hymn? (unregistered) on November 29th, 2004 @ 8:58 am

    I suspect there are a couple of reasons they didn’t allow me to take photos inside the mall:

    1. Fear of corporate espionage – Perhaps I’m from a rival mall and I’m scouting the area for new ideas to rip off?
    (cue song: Brown Shoes Don’t Make It)

    2. Terrorism concerns
    (cue song: It Can’t Happen Here)

    3. Child safety concerns – Since it’s mostly kids on the ice skating rink, I can see where child safety against kidnappings would be a concern.
    (again, cue song: It Can’t Happen Here)

    4. The jacket I want at Burberry is *still* not on sale.

    5. Diedrich’s Coffee in the morning is soooo good!

    6. If anyone is looking for a gift for me this holiday season, please see any friendly sales associate at Burberry’s. We’re on a first name basis now. Or something lovely from Sak’s would be appropriate.

  3. PDiddie (unregistered) on November 29th, 2004 @ 9:27 am

    I’m sure you’re right about the terrorism concerns regarding the Galleria ice rink being a no-photo-zone.

    That’d be just the kind of capitalist display they’d love to blow up.

    Especially at Christmas.

    In Bush’s back yard.


  4. succubus (unregistered) on November 29th, 2004 @ 2:33 pm

    The corporate espionage thing – actual store merchandising planning types taking pictures of pop displays, etc.

  5. Brian Poirier (unregistered) on November 30th, 2004 @ 10:02 am

    Security canask you not to take pictures and kick you out if you disobey, but they CANNOT take your camera or film/disk/card. Security guards are not law enforcement and have no law enforcement powers or rights above yours (no matter what they might think). If they tried to seize your camera, that would be tantamount to theft or robbery. They CAN make a citizen’s arrest (which you can also), but that only covers felonies and crimes of moral turpitude (which taking a picture is not, unless you were doing so upskirts or such).

    Now if they are licensed law enforcement officers, that’s a differant story, but to seize the camera they would also have to make an arrest or have a warrant (we have a constitutional right against search and seizure unless strict rules are followed).

    Do a Google Search for the Photographers Bill of Rights. Some Lawyer/Photographer compiled a handy card sized summary that is handy. It explains all this and more.

  6. Brian Poirier (unregistered) on November 30th, 2004 @ 10:29 am

    Here’s that bill of rights card I mentioned:

  7. laanba (unregistered) on November 30th, 2004 @ 8:25 pm

    I keep that bill of rights paper in my wallet. Anyone who takes pictures should at the very least read through it.

  8. succubus (unregistered) on December 1st, 2004 @ 5:17 pm

    DINGDINGDING – I got the answer. It was because of fears of pedophilia. That’s the kind of thing they’re trained to be on the lookout for. Thanks to the PR chick @ work for solving that one.

  9. Chavez (unregistered) on December 1st, 2004 @ 6:35 pm

    Great! So somewhere at the Galleria there

  10. Kymberlie R. McGuire (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2004 @ 1:22 am

    I snapped several with my camera phone and put them up over at my Moblog. Guess no one saw me. :D

  11. succubus (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2004 @ 9:20 am

    Not sure if they have you labeled as a pedophiliac, but probably a potential pedophile. :D

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