Put up signage if you want to enforce the rules
Posted by Jason Nicholls.
A group of 'flashmob' activists have been taking photographs of shops on a trendy street in Edinburgh in protest after a man was banned from taking snaps – and have questioned why no warning signs are in place to inform people of the rule.
According to the Scotsman, angry photographers staged a flashmob (a sudden gathering of people in a public place) after a local man, Stefan Karpa, was removed from Multrees Walk – which is privately owned – when he took photos of a shop front.
So this week protestors took photographs of shops as part of their small and peaceable protest, and were not prevented from doing so by security.
Anthony Robson, from Duddingston, told the newspaper: "Where is the signage on this street? I see nothing indicating that I cannot take pictures."
The newspaper reported that the debate of whether the street can legally enforce such a ban is the topic of much contention. Some feel that as the street is owned privately it should be allowed to do so, while others feel it is still a public highway and therefore should allow photography.
The management of the popular shopping row have said photographs are not allowed because of the threat from ram-raiders.
A spokesperson for Multrees Walk told the newspaper: "It may well be that one of the things we need to look at is better signage. The last thing we want is someone being escorted off the street. We're keen to learn lessons from this."
The street is the home of the only Harvey Nichols in Scotland.
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