Ha! It happened to me...when is it going to happen to you?
Drove about two miles to a local retail center here in town that has all of it's buildings lined up along a main street in the fashionable neo-traditional planning layout. Nothing special, but it is doing fairly well with leasing and expanding. Stopped in at the Barnes and Noble bookstore and picked up a copy of the HCB photobook (Masters of Photography - Aperture) and decided to walk down the little street to grab a few images of the Christmas tree and decorations. Snap-Christmas Tree...Snap 2 - Statute in a fountain in the middle of the street. Snap 3 - Statue on the sidewalk...
And then, the Security Guard drives up in his company Jeep and says, "Sorry, Sir, but cameras are not allowed unless someone is in the picture"....
upon which, I gave him a huge grin and said, "Really?"...his response was, "Yeah, I know, but cameras are not allowed unless you're photographing someone"...
I laughed and said, "Well...I have been to law school and we could get into a long discussion about a lot of things"...then I smiled again... and winked while saying "No problem" and grinned again and walked away...It was not confrontational, and he seemed to be somewhat apologetic...but it was not worth my time to talk to a lowly paid security guard who is only doing what he is told.
Now, if he had asked for my camera or film...all hell would have broken loose!
So, even though the retail center owners are bluffing their way through this one, I will let it pass as there really was nothing to photograph anyway.
I just thought it strange that after hearing about other confrontations, I happened to come across this particular situation.
What's your latest run-in with this issue?