Just read in a friend’s blog, that it’s forbidden to take photos in WalMart. Googled it, to see if they, themselves, had any official statement on their website. I got hundreds of hits, got a little tired reading, but I believe it to be true.
Never yearned to take photos in there anyways.
It has happened to me, twice, that I’ve been told not to take pictures. Both times in shopping centres — one in Quebec City [Fleur de Lys] and the other, here in Saint John [Brunswick Square]. In Quebec, there was this store owner who came running out, all up in arms, when he noticed me taking a generic mall picture. He even wanted to check and see so that I really deleted the photos from the memory card!
The second time, here in Saint John, we were a whole group of people, out on a photo walk on a Sunday. The security guard came up to us and said it was forbidden.
I should add, that both times I’ve been told not to take pictures, I’ve carried my DSLR camera.
The above picture is from our local grocery store. It was the same day I’d got my 50mm prime lens, I saw these bottles and wanted to try it out. Wise, from my previous experiences, I asked the store manager whether it was okay to take a picture in there. Apparently, he had not heard about rules like this, because he looked baffled, but said it was totally alright.
In today’s day and age, when more or less everyone (with very few exceptions) is equipped with some sort of camera phone, I just don’t know how they enforce rules like that. It’s easy for them to go after people that have big, bulky DSLR-cameras — they’re so obvious — but all the phones?! I just don’t get it. If I go to Walmart, I’m totally aware of that I’m in a public place where anyone can see me, and I don’t feel ashamed of going there either. I hereby state publicly, that I go to Walmart every now and then! Imagine … I could be BANNED from there, if I took a picture! I’d be doomed! =LOL with a sarcastic twinge to it=
They probably have surveillance cameras everywhere, so I’ll be caught in photos pretty much anywhere I go, but that’s a whole different discussion.