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#1 of 11 Old 03-14-2005, 02:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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The "sweet, little children's book lady" at my local B&N interrupted her phone conversation to tell me I couldn't take pictures of my son in the store. What's up with that?! Later she "explained" that it was store policy cuz of security and liability in case other things were in the photo yeah, whatever
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Most stores do not allow people to take pictures, for the reasons she stated. Security and liability.

They are perfectly within logical and legal boundaries to prohobit pictures.
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That's weird. I don't normally do it, but I didn't realize it was prohibited.

Is it to prevent weirdos from taking pictures?? (of the rest of us)

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I think too that all these hand-held picture cameras (I don't keep up on these new-fangled things so I don't know what they are called) we are entering into a whole new murkey area of privacy rights.

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I worked retail once upon a time, and we didn't allow photos in our store. The store I worked in sold a lot of unique hand-crafted stuff and the reason the owner didn't allow photos was to protect the artists who had made the items. One of the owner's stores was in a tourist town and people would sometimes get confrontational about not being allowed to take photos.

In a store with less unique inventory like B&N, I'm sure it has more to do with security. You could be casing the joint. That toddler could be your cover. Sad, but true.

Sorry you couldn't get the snapshots you wanted, though!

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You could also be collecting "evidence" for a trumped up suit against the store - perhaps gathering photos of your child playing with the train table and running over his fingers with one of the trains, then claiming the fingers were broken and the store is liable.

There was a grocery store in our area that forbade taking notes on prices. That one really offended me.
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There was a grocery store in our area that forbade taking notes on prices. That one really offended me.
How can a grocery store forbid you from taking notes on prices? I take my shopping list and a pen into the grocery store so that I can cross-out the items on my list as I put them into my cart. If I wanted to, I could just as easily write down prices of other items to compare with prices elsewhere. The employees would never know I was doing that.

Nobody has ever confiscated my pen and paper.

Someone could also enter prices into a PDA.
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many stores (electronics especially) will kick you out for noting prices. In this era of electronics, people get away with it more. But if they see you, they will escort you out, as potentially doing competitive research (they claim.) But in reality, consumer unfriendlyness.


Both for the reasons mentioned, plus the reality tv/undercover investigations style programming, many stores are blanket about not allowing any recording at all without permission from corporate.

I have found if we're quick and subtle, we can often take a couple of pictures if dd is doing something really cute.
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With all these camera phones, etc. that is silly. BUT...

I called my sister who works for B&N. She said it is store policy of "not photography in the store" as they had competitors coming in and taking photos of displays, etc.Then a customer has come in more than once at her store and had them call the police b/c they felt someone was photographing them with a camera phone. Anyway, she says some of the store managers/workers turn the other way when it is a Mom taking photo of a kid at storytime. But those who have had bad experiences enforce it all the time, no exceptions.
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What a bizarre culture we live in. No pics of your dd coz you could be competition/lawsuit planning... geez.
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