I was out on Sat with my camera, taking street photography. I wandered into our local shopping extravaganza (known locally as Chapelfied). Only been there a few minutes when two
cleaners housekeepers asked me if I had permission to be carrying such a "powerful" camera around with me.
Politely said that I hadn't and walked off, two mins later two security guards came chasing after, demanding to know what I was doing. Told them I was out taking pictures (surprise, surprise) and was asked to leave. When I asked why they were so worried about me and my "powerful" camera (Canon 450 dslr and Sima 10/22 lense!) they said that they were worried that I might be "supplying pics to a terrorist organisation". They then said I would be ok if I was using a compact! I kid you not! So I put my Canon away and started snapping them with my TZ7.
So I guess the lesson is if you are planning on bumping your earnings by doing a bit of spy work in your local shopping mall for which ever terrorist group floats your boat leave the DSLR at home!
Thank you housekeepers and security guards I think we can all sleep easier in our beds
Ps This all happenned outside Jessops!!!