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Main Street: No photos allowed

About a week before Christmas, I was in the grocery store and came across a product I'd been discussing with my daughter, Melani.

Melani lives in Vancouver and hadn't been able to find this product in her grocery store, so I took a cellphone photo of the display showing the brand to text to her. I'd no sooner taken the photo when a clerk comes up and asks if I took a photo. I said yes and he scolded me, saying that without prior permission from the store manager photographs were not allowed.

I was taken aback - I've snapped photos in that and other stores many times. When I posted a comment to my Facebook page regarding the experience, I received dozens of responses. Others have had similar experiences in big-box stores, and some who've worked retail confirmed a number of stores that prohibit photographs. Read more. Kerri Rankin Thoreson, CdA Press
 
This strikes me as an odd policy. What reason do you think is behind the "no photo" rule? Have you ever taken a cellphone photo in a grocery or retail store?



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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.