More Cluelessness at Wal-Mart

Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism: Media Cluelessness at Wal-Mart So add Wal-Mart to the list of places that don’t want you taking photographs. Wal-Mart’s ridiculous policies include:

Wal-Mart’s policy that all photos taken on its property must be approved in advance includes breaking news coverage, company spokeswoman Christi Gallagher said.

The company requires the media – or anyone else – to get approval before taking pictures in Wal-Mart stores or on Wal-Mart property, she said.

Asked if journalists photographing unexpected news, such as a fire, need the same permission, Gallagher said they do.

After hours, a journalist should call the company’s 24-hour corporate hotline before taking pictures, she said.

As a photographer I’ve personally had similar run ins with companies when trying to take photographs at Grand Central Station with my tripod in New York, Starbucks and PF Changs. I think that these anti photography policies are counter productive to companies and surely will keep their policy in mind the next time I have an opportunity not to buy something at Wal-Mart.

See Directory of Bay Area Photo Policies and Clampdown on Photographer’s Rights. Really Horrible News Out of Florida.

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  1. You can always stand outside of Wal-Mart’s property lines and take pictures. With the size of their parking lots, however, you would probably need a pretty potent telephoto lens on your camera.