BreitlingFan wrote in post #12922358
I don't see them acting like cops, I see them acting as security guards.
In some of the cases shown, it's pretty clear that the security guards simply told the photographers to move past a certain point to be on public property. Once they did that, it was over. So, those cases, it would appear as though the security guards did
know what they were talking bout.
I understand the propensity for photographers to view that video and say that the security guys were out of line but, really, they weren't. In fact, at least one of the videographers was out of line by lying to a security guard by stating that she hadn't filmed him when she, in fact, had...
It's easy for people to get defensive and loose perspective when they feel that something they value (in this case photography) is being threatened.
The police officers in this video performed exemplary, and most of the security guards did nothing more than their job. One even offered to help the photographers find the best spots and angles. what more do people want?
The only ones who were out of line AND breaking the law, was the people who made the video.
As for security guards in general..
Instead of just bashing them on the internet, people should do something to help them. Most of these guys simply do what they are told and truly believe that it is the right thing.
One could argue that they should take the time to study the law, but why would they? Many of them follow a manual with specific guidelines for dealing with these types of things. I have seen a few of these manuals and most have some mistakes. But why should the guard, who is simply doing his job, question what he is being told?
If you wan't better security guards, work towards a system like ours.
Here, you can't just take a job as a security guard. You need training and a licence. They know the law because it is a legal requirement.
Sure, you can still find bad ones, but in such cases, it is the person and not the uniform.