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Banned from mall for taking photos

Written by Gail Bjork

A dad taking photos of his own daughter with a camera phone was banned from a mall in the interest of preventing terrorism.

Imagine taking photos of your child in a mall and, after doing so, banned from the mall, coupled with a threat to conficate your camera phone. This happend recently in a shopping center near Glasgo, Scotland.

We’re sharing this story so you are aware that many malls and other public places have policies regarding the use of cameras, including camera phones. If you plan to take photos at a public place, find out about their policy before doing so.

Father banned from mall for taking photos of daughter

Mall photo taken by the father. Downloaded from the "Boycott Braehead" Facebook page.

A father photographing his daughter was banned from a mall. The reason: in the interest of preventing terrorism.

After taking photos of his young daughter eating ice cream, the father was approached by a security guard who asked him to delete the photos. He was then banned from the mall and told that his camera phone could be confiscated.

Evidently, the staff at a mall ice cream shop saw the man taking photos of a little girl sitting at the counter. They thought the father was also taking photos of them so contacted one of the mall’s security staff.

A spokesman for the mall said that like most shopping centers, “we have a photography policy in the mall to protect the privacy of the staff and shoppers.”

Mall changes policy, apologizes

Almost immediately after the incident, the policy was changed. The mall staff will no longer try to prevent family and friends taking pictures of each other. However, security guards may still challenge anyone who acts suspiciously.

They also apologized to the father.

Source: Dad Taking Photos of Daughter Is Banned From Mall on Terror Concerns

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.


  • Took pix in the big mall in Glasgow center-city. Mall cop stopped me – when I calmly showed him that it was only an art shot of criss-crossing escalators (with no people, location or store logos clearly identifiable) he relented.

    In general I assume that the owner of private property (malls, your yard) has the right to control my photographic activity on/in it. However, I can freely shoot the mall exterior or your house from the public road.

  • Get a lawyer and file a sute. You have the right to take photos of your own child. Don’t let them push you around fight back. We are losing our rights for everything.