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A "nice" security man story.

Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
9 Oct 2012 4:19PM

"Bute Street in Luton," taken from the open, top floor of the car park at the Arndale Centre, where, I was informed by a security guy, that you can't take photographs without permission.
There's a multi-storey car park next door to this street that's in the throes of being demolished, so, being a bit of a fan of that kind of thing, I'd looked around for a vantage point where I might be able to capture a few images.
The top floor of the Arndale looked very inviting, so I jumped in the lift and found myself a spot opposite, sort of, all of the action.
I took about twenty shots altogether. Just reportage stuff but interesting enough for me to add them to my collection of that kind of thing. I then took a few shots across Luton's rooftops; arguably, the most appealing aspect of the entire place.
I was just about done when a security guy came out of the little building that houses the lifts and said that I was taking photographs without permission. He didn't ask or tell me to stop. He just pointed it out.
He went on to say that if I went to the customer services desk, they'd happily let me carry on but they needed to know why I was there and what I was doing.
He explained very politely, that seemingly, quite a few photographers before me had wanted to get similar shots and the centre had adopted the policy that provided that we were doing no wrong and they knew we were doing no wrong, then they were happy for us to continue.
To be fair, he approached me very quietly and professionally and obviously, I responded in kind. No histrionics or waving pointless little cards. We dealt with the situation like gentlemen and parted with a smile and a handshake.
Top marks to this guy for the manner in which he dealt with the situation and top marks too to the guys with the CCTV cameras that told him that I was there.
These people get a lot of flak, if we're to believe what we read and I think that it's only fair that we make a small fuss when they do their, probably horrible, job well.

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alfpics Plus
16 362 2 England
9 Oct 2012 4:43PM

Quote:These people get a lot of flak, if we're to believe what we read and I think that it's only fair that we make a small fuss when they do their, probably horrible, job well.

Hear! Hear!

KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 4:51PM
I cannot help think that had you been a person wanting to start a confrontation and starting to quote rights ect this could have gone a totally different way, Both of you handled it like it should be.
9 Oct 2012 8:07PM
Well done to that chappy!
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
9 Oct 2012 11:44PM
Top marks to you too Bren, for responding appropriately. Smile
User_Removed 16 2.8k 11 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 7:29AM
Good on ya Bren. Smile

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