Guerilla Photo #3

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© Karen K Smith
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UploadedFebruary 23, 2009
TakenFebruary 18, 2009
Exposure1/60 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length28 mm
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Continued from Photo #2

Whew, caught up to my friends at See's Candies. There they are...hope Jessica is buying some of those dark chocolate raspberry
Feeling a tap on my shoulder, I take the camera out of my face and turn around to a very large security guard, "You can't make pictures here." I replied, "You've got to be kidding, I can't take pictures in the mall?" To which he replied again, "Can't make pictures in the mall." "Okay no more pictures," I said as I walked into the store and immediately began to relay the "I just got busted for taking pictures in a mall" story. My camera was still hanging around my neck while I finished the story and started the dark chocolate mouth water. Now I'm completely distracted by chocolate, what we are buying, and how soon I can get another piece in my mouth. We finish choosing, pay for the chocolate and as I turn away from the counter there is a woman standing right behind. She has a badge that reads SECURITY! I look at her as I start to take the camera off my neck and put it back in it's bag and ask " Wow, you're a security guard, why can't I take photo's in this mall?" She starts the long explanation about taking pictures in public places...but what it got down to after a few more questions is the Homeland Security Act.

20 responses

  • Mayette Ignacio

    Mayette Ignacio gave props (22 Feb 2009):

    Dont go in there Karen, LOL, dont get tempted by See's!!!!!!

  • Aubrey's Oma

    Aubrey's Oma (Deleted) gave props (22 Feb 2009):

    OMG is that Sees??? (Faint!)

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith said (22 Feb 2009):

    Oh Ladies this is Sees! And I ate all the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (22 Feb 2009):

    What a story!! All that and See's chocolates to boot!! Well done and glad you were able to get a few shots!!

  • Jerry Pittman

    Jerry Pittman gave props (22 Feb 2009):

    Great shots and story. It is surprising the things you can no longer photograph.

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (23 Feb 2009):

    Other than the great part about the Chocolate, this is a sad story about how we have given up our small freedoms, because the terrorists have won on that level. Great shots and a really great story.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (23 Feb 2009):

    I'm salivating over those dark chocolate rasberry truffles while angered and saddened over the freedoms we lost. Am I right in thinking that all JPGers who took airport shots shouldn't have?

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (23 Feb 2009):

    Oh Karen what a shame, however, on the other hand perhaps it is just as well, imagine if you had stayed there for hours taking photos! They have no idea what they have lost; many more products would have been sold if you could you have taken photos!

  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (24 Feb 2009):

    So sad. My sister and I take pictures and text them to one another while we shop at Macy's on opposite ends of the country! I guess we just haven't been busted, yet. Maybe you captured the security cameras. I agree with Deborah about the airports.

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (24 Feb 2009):

    Well at least there was chocolate involved ^-^ and we are all secure now..LOL

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Feb 2009):

    Sweet shot.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (25 Feb 2009):

    well I could have been busted taking photo at SF airport a while back. Anyway, great story and a sweet shot! The main factory of See's candy is in SF and they are giving tour so.........

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Feb 2009):

    Interesting story and it is sad that the trust level in this country effects us as hobbyist photographers and pros from preventing us in taking pictures in public places sometimes. I guess this is why I usually like to take pictures of birds...So far no law against bird photography that I know of:)

  • Rhio9 (Rhio9)

    Rhio9 (Rhio9) (Deleted) said (26 Feb 2009):

    we can get around this problem by using either inexpensive low-tech camera phones, which i like a lot, or high-tech expensive ones

  • Karen K Smith

    Karen K Smith said (26 Feb 2009):

    Funny Rhio should mention high-tech expensive camera phones..I do believe my next phone will have a camera!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (26 Feb 2009):

    great shot and story Keren, is sad isn't it?

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (27 Feb 2009):

    Good capture....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (1 Mar 2009):

    WHAT!!! I can't believe you can't take photos in a public place unless it is posted to not do so. I have never seen such a sign posted in our malls. I will look closer when I go. I go to the mall near me every week for my computer lesson. I know that in the computer store that no photography is allowed and I can see why, but general overall photos of a mall, that I do not understand! I enjoyed your story along with the three photos that you did take : ) BTY - I wondered where this mall is located until I read it in what you wrote. We have a mall in Houston that the layout looks just like this one!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly (Deleted) gave props (12 Mar 2009):

    Terrible photo!!! I'll be craving See's all night now and the closest one is 80 miles away! Seriously though, it is a great photo with the checkerboard floor in contrast with the bright colors of the shoppers and (sigh) in the display. I think I'll take my camera to the next mall and if stopped, demand to see it in writing that I can't photograph in public areas. If there is nothing in writing and they still insist, demand they write it down and sign it for me so I won't 'forget'. Then go take another photo.

  • Mark Nelson

    Mark Nelson (Deleted) gave props (16 Mar 2009):

    Oh and you hadn't noticed that Mesa, AZ is kind of like full of really dumb people? Homeland security my butt. Most likely a rule from the Westcourt Corp. owners of all that is Mall like in the Valley. Really how can a shopping mall have anything to do with our countries security?

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