Ok, a question. I never shoot street photography, it just never really interested me. Today I went for a walk around a small (snobbish) town to shoot a test roll of film with my new film camera to make sure it works before warranty runs out. My first attempt was a youngish girl (17, 18) literally hanging of her porch with one arm to take a selfie. I approached her, told I was testing a camera & asked if I could take a picture. She said she felt uncomfortable, I said "OK, thanks." & walked away. Twenty minutes later a cop approached me & told me someone had called & said I was asking to take photos. I told the cop I was doing nothing wrong, I could have taken her photograph without asking & still would have been doing nothing wrong. When she said no, I walked away. He acknowledged I was doing nothing wrong & that he had told the person that on the phone. I then said, "Then why are we having this conversation?" He said because he got a phone call. I then asked if you got a phone call about somebody coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, would you be talking to them. "No. Of course not." "Exactly. Have a nice day", and walked away.
I don't like to be hassled, especially if asking permission first. My first reaction was to go back to the house & sit on the park bench across the street & photograph everybody that went in or out that door ( did I mention the house she was in is on MAIN STREET).
People everywhere see people taking pictures with cell phones, everywhere. I've never seen anybody say, "Hey, my kid is in the background." Cell phones are everywhere, not heard on comment or complaint. As soon as you pull out a camera...……..