One more small point about getting hassled when engaged in photography.
A TOP reader who visited a few days ago (to pick up my enlarger) noted that eBay has quietly moved to de-emphasize the occasional negative feedback for people with otherwise good records. The reason is familiar enough to any eBay seller: one or two out of every 100 buyers is going to be somebody who is...well, let's not put a slur on decent, polite mentally ill people and say "crazy": let's just say that the occasional individual is going to be disagreeable, surly, having a bad day, angry about something else entirely, recalcitrant, irritable, aggravating, unreasonable...whatever. Acting badly, in short.
The point is that if you deal with enough people, sooner or later you're going to run into somebody who will behave less than rationally with you.
Seems to me the same thing will happen on the street—and maybe at a rate of greater than 1%.
By the bye, nobody hit on what I would have done in Steve's situation: I'd have acted startled, apologized profusely, poked a bit at the back of the camera, then said, "There you go! All gone! I deleted it!" Having done nothing of the sort.
I don't know, does that mean I'm...immoral? I mean, I would have been, um, you know, lying....
But only to preserve the rights I believed were mine, in the face of unreasonable challenge.
(Thanks to Steve and anonymous)
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Malcolm Leader: "We're all taught at a young age that lying is always bad. This is, in my opinion, a vestigial remnant of the strict religious control exerted by 'the church' in order to keep the masses in line and feeding the coffers that lined the pockets of church aristocracy. A lie can be the absolutely best resolution to a bad situation and, if no malice is involved, if no one is hurt, why not?
"I get phone calls all the time about the 'renew your car warranty' scam. I simply lie and say 'I got rid of that vehicle'—end of conversation. I'm quite sure there are situations where I wouldn't think about lying, but I have discretion. One of my best friend's marriage collapsed when his wife felt compelled to tell him about a casual one-night stand. There were a lot of bad times and unhappy people as a result. It might have eaten her up inside not to tell, but I think she should have kept her mouth shut!"
Richard: "It is unbecoming of an artist to lie. Either delete the photo or refuse and take the consequences—even if it means you are torn limb from limb by an angry mob of artists. Lying is a vice, and like all vices it takes its toll; since I stopped lying I sleep much better at night, my mood has improved 100 percent, and my relationships are better as well. I'm a staunch and unrelenting atheist but if I have a motto it is this: Tell the truth and shame the devil."
Michael Wayne Plant: "My theory is no hassles on the street when making images and for this I am happy to delete images if asked. But then I also carry multiple cards so I then remove the memory card that I have just deleted images form and put it aside and use other cards for the rest of the day. I then when I get home use photo recovery software to recover the images and I still have the image. This way I do not have any agro on the streets and still have the images everyone walks away happy and I have not lied to the person on the street about deleting the images. I just do not tell them that I can recover the images when I get home."