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Old 11-29-2008, 09:31 AM   #15
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It appears from the replies, that this is an Eastern/Southeastern U.S. phenomena. We travel in the Western U.S. and have not only never had our picture taken, I've never even seen someone with a camera...other than tourists.
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Old 11-29-2008, 12:35 PM   #16
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Not really. I'm from So. Cal and the hostage photo takers are there as well. They just do not tend to be as aggressive as the ones I have encountered East of the Mississippi.
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:43 PM   #17
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Wait until you get to DisneyWorld. I had to place my index finger of my right hand in a scanner just to enter Epcot Center. I argued with the "host" and got nowhere. I was told that if I did not allow them to scan my fingerprint, I could not enter. I asked where my fingerprint would be stored and they answered -- only on my card and not in any computer. I laughed when they said that. Everything is stored in a computer and everyone has access to it, especially the government. I have worked very hard to keep my fingerprints out of the government domain and now DW is helping them. Peace!
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Old 11-30-2008, 04:37 PM   #18
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Look it. I am in the CIA so you can take my picture but I would have to kill you! But say it with a big grin.
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:04 PM   #19
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Joseph C. McKenzie:
I've run into something like this at the Space Needle in Seattle, but we never pose for it, and they don't "insist."

Where in Pigeon Forge are you running into this? Course, my experience is a bit limited, since the only thing I ever visited in Pigeon Forge was Bennett's Barbacue. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Visiting Pigeon Forge and missing Bennett's barbecue ruins the trip!
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Old 11-30-2008, 05:07 PM   #20
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I like that one. Or the poster that advised "I am in the witness protection program!"
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Old 12-01-2008, 11:44 AM   #21
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Most of the places where we have encountered the photo takers, they try and sell us the photo at some point. With the advent of digital photography, I believe most of them are just trying to sell you a picture. It's all about the $$$$$$.
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Old 12-01-2008, 03:03 PM   #22
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Almost every attraction on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls had them - Journey Behind the Falls, Maid of the Mist.

They take so many, I'm never worried about them keeping them. It would take several TB of hard drive space just to store a week's worth.

Every rider on the Texas Giant (roller coaster at Six Flags in Dallas) also has their picture taken on the first hill. Now some of those are just plain funny.
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Old 12-06-2008, 02:03 PM   #23
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I would just tell them that the last time someone took my picture it was shown on America's Most Wanted and nothing good came from it.
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I had this happen when I was getting on a tour boat at the Golden Gate Bridge . . . it was so they could superimpose my image over the bridge and sell me a photo after the fact. Never had it done for 'security purposes'. Next time I will just flat tell them no. There's no reason to take someone's photo to go into any tourist attraction. They don't even do that at the Capitol or any other government building in Washington . . . not going to do it to get on some ride!!
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i thought this thread was in jest,

who cares if some harmless tourist attraction takes your pic??
and if they take mine i'll probably be the hapless idiot who pays the $5 for the lousy snapshot IF the little lady with me wants it

i aint paranoid, nor am i presumptuous enough to think i'm important enough for The Government to be creating a secret file on (from their secret headquarters at DisneyWorld no less )

so if anyone here wants my lousy picture while i'm wearing bermuda shorts with a camera around my neck, i'll email it at no charge with no worries from me either

snap away,
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And that is exactly the point. If you want to have your picture taken in front of whatever cheesy backdrop they want to put you in front of, then by all means enjoy yourself. But if you don't, then DON'T insist that I have to, and chase after me with ridiculous excuses.

I think that many of these picture takers get paid by the picture. That's not my problem. I've been old enough to make my own decisions for a while now and I shall continue...
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I cannot understand those people who believe they have a 'right to privacy' when out in PUBLIC.

This ain't rocket surgery folks.
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It's one thing to have your picture taken as you walk by or happen to be photographed in a crowd.

It's an entirely different matter when you are told you have step aside or stop and "pose" for a photograph.
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