Harassed by "Man vs. Food" crew for taking photos of them filming inside HNL Resturant

Discussion in 'Photography, Law & Travel' started by FriendlySkies, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. FriendlySkies

    FriendlySkies Member

    Dealing with TSA for the last few years has gives us a pretty thick skin when it comes to clerks or other people who try to stop us from taking photos/video. Little did I know that we could have to deal with this at a restaurant in Honolulu.

    9/23/11 - 8:30pm - Side Street Inn, Kapahulu Ave.

    When we arrived, the back room contained Adam Richman, the lead guy on Man vs. Food. We ignored them for most of the dinner, until his whole crew came into the main dining room where we were eating. It appeared that he was visiting with somebody who was having their birthday party at the restaurant, but it was a bit unclear.

    Over the next twenty minutes, I noticed a few people pull out their cameras, and then put them away quickly after being yelled at by a member of the film crew. I didn't make much of it, until a member of our group pulled out her iPhone, and was promptly yelled at. She complied, but that started off our discussion about photography in public places.

    About fifteen minutes later, I saw a few other guests pull out their cameras, but get shot down.. After seeing this, I pulled out my DSLR to take a photo of the crew. Unfortunately, I did not realize that I had left the flash enabled, so my flash deployed when I took the shot. The guy in the orange shirt, who was yelling at people, turned around and looked like he wanted to kill me. Said that they have asked a few times to not take photos, and that we should stop. One of the people with me countered him by saying that we were in a public place. In addition, they were also filming us, without our consent. Adam came over and said "Can I personally ask you to stop taking photos? You're doing xyz [forgot the comments].."

    What are your feelings? I see this as a public place with no policy posted about photography, and a film crew that may be filming people in my party without our consent. The guy in the orange shirt, who was wearing an earpiece like the clerks, told another one of his guys to get descriptions, and to call the police if we took any more photos. Had the police shown up, what might have happened? Could we have a case against them for filming without consent, and not posting any notices about photography?

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  2. VH-RMD

    VH-RMD Original Member

    I would have, in fine Australian form, told him to go (expletive deleted) himself.
     
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  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You had every bit as much right to take photos as they did. There would have been nothing the police could have done (legally) if the goon in orange shirt had called them.

    However, since it is a private business, the owners could have asked you to leave, at which point you could be dealing with trespassing charges if you refused.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    You had every bit as much right to take photos as they did. There would have been nothing the police could have done (legally) if the goon in the orange shirt had called them.

    However, since it is a private business, the owners (and only the owners) could have asked you to leave, at which point you could be dealing with trespassing charges if you refused.
     
  5. DeafBlonde

    DeafBlonde Original Member

    if I had not already paid my tab, I wouldn't mind leaving. I think the goon would have been out-numbered by the other customers, and that may have resulted in a massive "walk the tab" protest! ;)
     

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