Professional equipment is not allowed in malls?

Started Oct 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
Mark B. Forum Pro • Posts: 25,304
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. We cannot just blindly accept whatever somebody with authority says to us.

In this case it does make sense.  A tripod certainly is a tripping hazard, I totally agree that it shouldn't be allowed.  As for photographing in general, the owners are well within their rights to ban photo/video.  In some cases store owners/managers could be worried about competitors, in other cases it simply makes mall patrons nervous - particularly if there are minors around - when a stranger is pointing a camera.  Sorry if you don't agree, but them's the rules.

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.

That was 100 years ago.  There are now laws, at least here in the US, that do not allow discrimination on the basis of race.  They are, however, allowed to have rules that protect customers' privacy or disallow any activity that might otherwise spook away customers.  I'm certain the KKK would be asked to leave if members started parading around the mall with racist signs.

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.

You'll have to take it up with mall security.  It's true that DLSRs do seem to be unfairly discriminated against, but there's a stigma associated with a much larger camera.  In this case, however, I believe it had a lot more to do with setting up a tripod.


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