Irony: They’re unhappy about me taking photos but are only too happy to take mine.
Following an interesting discussion at the Ausjazz Blog of my good buddy Roger about the ethics and protocols of taking photographs in performance-type situations – including eateries – it seemed only fitting that I would find myself confronting the practicalities firsthand.
Having sauntered into Footscray Market, I snapped off a few pics in the market’s food hall.
At which point I was accosted by a somewhat officious security guard who informed me that not only was I not allowed to take photos but also I would be required to “destroy” those already taken.
When I pointed out to him that my intentions were honourable and that the entrance I had used boasted no signage saying the taking of photos was a no-no, he called his supervisor.
That gentleman informed me that if I wished to take photos I should seek approval of the manager.
When I trekked up two floors to the manager’s office, the two gents there curtly made it clear that the taking of photos was indeed forbidden.
And that was that.
Little Saigon Market, anyone?
Kenny’s new rule: Always ask.