Security Guard Intimidation

Through_City_Window_small.jpgI have had people chase me and my camera away before. Usually it is easier to keep walking and avoid a confrontation. But last night I wasn’t in the mood to be intimidated. I was walking back to my car in downtown Denver after attending a lecture by Chip Kidd when the interior of a building caught my eye. I took out my Sony cell phone/camera and snapped a quick shot. I didn’t realize that the man in the long black jacket was an undercover security guard. The conversation went like this:

Guard: You can’t take pictures here. Me: Why not? Guard: The owner of the building doesn’t allow anyone to take pictures. Me: This is public property. Guard: No. The red sidewalk is private property. Me: I can see it, I can take a picture of it. Guard: Do you want to tell that to the owner? Me: That’s the law. Look it up. Guard: I can give you the owner’s name and you can tell him that. Me: He can look it up, too. Guard: What? Me: That’s the law, he can look it up too. Guard: I can’t hear you. If you want to talk to me you are going to have to come back here.

By this point I was already walking away from him and decided to give up on the conversation. The guard snuck through the building and watched me from the other side. He gave me a dirty look as I proceeded to my car. I should have took his picture. Oh well. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I hope you have the guts to stand up for your rights.

2 Responses to “Security Guard Intimidation”

  1. Nick Says:

    Good for you, intimidation is unacceptable and guards seem to do this only to break up the monotony of their job.

    I keep a copy of the Photographer’s Right with me on every shoot.

  2. dave Says:

    i enjoy knowing the body of my 20d is magnesium

    I would not hesitate to slam the bottom corner, (where the quick release plate is ) into any guards face that attempts to touch me.

    Im just protecting myself , hes the one breaking the law. Plus hes got you at a disadvantage if your holding a camera strapped to your hand and all, the best thing you can do to protect yourself would be to use that camera, If guards want their nose broken, eye socket fractured, go ahead touch me…

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