Andrews International harasses me for holding my camera

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 6:35pm, I was waiting outside the box office of The Knitting Factory, when I was confronted by an Andrews International security guard.

“No taking pictures on private property,” he says. Unbelievable. I reasoned that:

  • I was only holding my camera, not taking any photos.
  • I hadn’t taken a single photo.
  • The bag I had slung over my shoulder was a Shootsac, which only hold lenses and small accessories.

Additionally, look at the surrounding area. Basically, the only people without a camera in hand are the people working out at LA Fitness and Knitting Factory staff. Don’t forget that most cell phones have built-in cameras.

He wouldn’t let up.

I called information (311) so I could talk to non-emergency police, but nobody was picking up at the Hollywood office. (I was on the phone for five minutes, waiting to talk to a person. Meanwhile, the security guard stood there and waited.)

I told him I needed to check something at the box office, where I was finally able to get my ticket[1. I was on the list with The Ready Set, but the box office didn’t have that list in their hands yet. I was waiting for about an hour.].

When I turned back, a lady (staff from the Knitting Factory) was talking to the guard. As my last stand before going inside, I asked him about the huge line of people[2. Mainly female fans under 21.] waiting to get in earlier. Many of them had little point and shoot cameras. Would he talk to each one of them?

Of course he would. The owners of the property say no photography. (Never mind that the staff and security working at the Knitting Factory didn’t care.)

We rolled our eyes. I thanked the lady, and she told me not to worry about it.

I didn’t get his badge number, but I believe his name is Dante.

Coincidentally, my friend, Discarted, got a harassed and assaulted a few days earlier a few steps from where I was. At the end of his post, he lists an email you can copy and send to Los Angeles Politicians and Andrews International. Please send them an email.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

7 thoughts on “Andrews International harasses me for holding my camera”

  1. I’m starting a new policy from now on regarding public property. I’m just putting my headphones on when they come up to me. If they grab me I will effect a citizens arrest. Thats it !!!

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  2. I’m disappointed, they’ve never stopped me while waiting with my camera equipment to get inside Knitting Factory (I shoot a lot of bands there). I’ll have to make sure my camera is more prominently displayed and my video recorder in hand next time I’m out there…

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  3. Make a Citizen’s Arrest

    Varies from state to state, [misdemeanor] to felony, but no matter what assault and or battery counts as enough to arrest. I would back up, tell him my intention, get it on tape or have a witness, then if he’s still grabbing or pushing you do it….

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