Professional equipment is not allowed in malls?

Started Oct 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
DWMurf
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Re: Professional equipment is not allowed in malls?
In reply to LeoGotCamera, Oct 10, 2013

I've been stopped twice from taking pictures using a compact NEX camera, no flash, no tripod. The first time was in a shopping mall where I was told by two security guards together that I needed to get permission from management. The second time was in a supermarket where I was stopped by the manager who told me I had to get permission from corporate management.

Both times I was just passing the time while waiting for my family to finish shopping which is what I explained in each case. As surprising as it was to me, I realized that I am on privately owned property and they can set their own rules, so I respectfully responded and shut off my camera.

But I don't know the reasoning behind their concerns in my case. I image that someone watching the security cameras spotted me in each case and automatically responded according to the company policy.

Of course with the prevalence of smartphones these days, it would be impossible to enforce their rules completely.

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