Professional equipment is not allowed in malls?

Started Oct 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
JTC111 Contributing Member • Posts: 505
Re: Exactly

LeoGotCamera wrote:


sorry, but I don't agree with your logic. Property owner can impose any rules, but they need to make sense.

Why do they need to make sense?  I own a house.  I can make any rule in my house as long as it doesn't break any laws.

We cannot just blindly accept whatever somebody with authority says to us.

The situation you described has nothing to do with authority.  It has to do with property ownership.  The security guard is the owner's paid representative enforcing the rules the owner put in place for his property.

For example, if the owner of the mall puts a sign that people of certain race are not allowed inside the property - would you say "Hey, this is private property and owner has a right to do whatever they want"? Actually, malls had such signs 100 years ago.

No, you'd say, "Hey, you're breaking the law."  And then you'd report them.  There's no law that says the mall has to allow you the freedom to set up a tripod and use your camera on their property.

On the other hand there should be rules that make sense like regarding appearance (you cannot walkin naked) or carrying a weapon.
In my opinion common sense does not work in this case - why DSLR is prohibited and smartphone is allowed? I seen plenty of people snapping their pictures and making videos with smartphones inside the mall and security was ok with them.

This has nothing to do with common sense, besides, common sense is a subjective term.  For instance, I think it's common sense to understand that mall owners has the right to decide what activities are or are not permitted on their property.

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