Monday, March 26, 2012
What's Up Ocala?
One day not so long ago I was in the Paddock Mall and spotted this huge banner hanging from the ceiling. I thought, "Aha, that would make an interesting picture." Actually, it's not all that interesting but I was desperate. So, I stood in front of the banner and snapped off a couple of shots. Then I noticed a rent-a-copy hobbling as fast as he could in my direction. (You can see him in the 2nd photo.) As I started to take another shot, he held up his hand and said, "Stop!"
"What?" I asked, incredulously. "Stop?" I asked, again incredulously.
"You can't take pictures in the mall. No pictures and no video. It's not allowed!"
Then he showed me a shiny brochure which he pulled from his shirt pocket and which looked to be from the Department of Homeland Security explaining why, since 9/11, photos and videos have not been allowed in the mall. A photographer or videographer might be a terrorist, planning a panty raid at Victoria's Secret or trying to bribe an employee at Charlie's Subs to get the secret as to why Charlie's Subs are so darn good!
He didn't say that stuff about Victoria's Secret or Charlie's; I just made that up. I must say I was very proud of myself as I did not call him names or insult him in any way, although I was mightily tempted to do so. But he was just doing his job. He always wanted a job with a little authority and he had found it - a job with very little authority!. But it would have done no good to remind him of that fact.
So, I smiled and said, "Okay." Then I walked away. I must admit before I left the mall, I had taken several other pictures in such highly sensitive places like J. C. Penney's and Macy's and even Sear's! Hah!