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Mall bans father from photographing son in Sunderland
BBC ^ | Friday, 26 February 2010 | Staff

Posted on 02/28/2010 2:27:27 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded

A father was told he was not allowed take pictures of his four-year-old son at a Sunderland shopping centre because of fears he could be a paedophile.

Kevin Geraghty-Shewan, of Kent, was challenged by a security guard at The Bridges after photographing his son Ben on a children's train ride.

He was told he could not prove Ben was his son and later quizzed by a police officer called to the centre.

Bosses at the shopping centre have apologised for the "misunderstanding".

Mr Geraghty-Shewan, 48, of Gillingham, said they had visited the shopping centre after Ben was given £10 from his grandfather to buy a toy.

His wife had suggested taking a picture of their son on a mobile phone camera after the "train obsessed" youngster boarded the ride.

A security guard then approached and told him it was against the centre's policy and that he "could be a paedophile".

Mr Geraghty-Shewan said: "He said there was no way of proving what I was doing was innocent.

"I told him Ben was my own son and that he was blowing everything out of proportion.

"Five or 10 minutes later a police officer approached and asked for my name and address.

"I raised my voice, as I was getting a little annoyed by this stage, and he threatened to arrest me for breach of the peace.

"I could have understood if I had been observed hanging about but I had walked up with my wife and son.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; mall; nannystate; uk

1 posted on 02/28/2010 2:27:27 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Would this have taken place ten years ago in the UK? Will it happen here in ten years?


2 posted on 02/28/2010 2:28:13 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
The offending photograph.
3 posted on 02/28/2010 2:29:04 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

With all those muslims marrying little girls and they worry about a father taking his sons picture.


4 posted on 02/28/2010 2:31:06 PM PST by manonCANAL
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To: manonCANAL

A whitey, so it’s politically OK to pick on him.


5 posted on 02/28/2010 2:35:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Eyes Unclouded

This would have been the opportunity to make a complete fool of myself.


6 posted on 02/28/2010 2:36:02 PM PST by donhunt (America needs Obama-care like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask.)
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To: manonCANAL

If he had just jabbered something about “Alla Akbar”, they would have left him alone.


7 posted on 02/28/2010 2:37:24 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Truth - Reality through the eyes of God.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

The media hysteria on pedophiles is no different than the media hysteria on drug addicts.

The media hysteria creates stupid zero-tolerance laws based on emotion that end up hurting everyone in the process.


8 posted on 02/28/2010 2:38:06 PM PST by varyouga (2 natural disasters, zerO action. Obama doesn't care about white people!)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
He was told he could not prove Ben was his son

What proof can be provided? Maybe the kid running up to him and saying "daddy"? Good grief.

9 posted on 02/28/2010 2:38:22 PM PST by Zack Attack
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To: Eyes Unclouded

The only creepy guy here is that face on the front of the locomotive! :)


10 posted on 02/28/2010 2:40:26 PM PST by PrinterEagle
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To: Eyes Unclouded
Would this have taken place ten years ago in the UK? Will it happen here in ten years?

Sooner. Parents have been arrested for "baby taking a bath" pictures.

11 posted on 02/28/2010 2:40:32 PM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: Eyes Unclouded

If the Brits are so incompetent in making this call I wonder how they’ll do with a north African exchange student?


12 posted on 02/28/2010 2:41:03 PM PST by Track9 (Old worn out suits and shoes,..)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Wait a sec. Ordinary child nudity is not even illegal.... weird


13 posted on 02/28/2010 2:41:22 PM PST by GeronL (Political Philosophy: I Own Me (yep, boiled down to 6 letters))
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To: Eyes Unclouded

I would be outraged, but just recently that guy was taking pictures of young boys at a wrestling clinic, pretending to be a dad. IIRC he killed himself after they confiscated his
PC and external drives. Filled with photos he took himself.


14 posted on 02/28/2010 2:43:41 PM PST by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

The British bulldog is now a poodle.


15 posted on 02/28/2010 2:44:54 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Statism writ large. Everyone is guilty until innocent and government is entitled to interfere in the most basic and natural family activity.


16 posted on 02/28/2010 2:47:17 PM PST by relictele
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To: Eyes Unclouded

I can see why that guard flipped out over there. The guy apparently refers to the kids mom as his “wife”. I haven’t seen that term published in the past dozen or so articles. It is ALWAYS “partner”.

Perhaps the poor guard thought the term “wife” was some kind of a pedophile code term...I’ll give him a pass here.


17 posted on 02/28/2010 2:47:50 PM PST by BobL
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To: BallyBill

What are you talking about?


18 posted on 02/28/2010 2:48:24 PM PST by visualops (Freepin' on my Pre!)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

>> A security guard then approached and told him it was against the centre’s policy and that he “could be a paedophile”.

This reminds me of the incident where three guards recently watched the vicious assault of a young girl and did nothing.

In this case, would the security guard restrict picture taking, but allow the man to walk away with the boy?

Reason castrated by liability.


19 posted on 02/28/2010 2:48:32 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

If this photo arouses you sexually...seek help.


20 posted on 02/28/2010 2:48:46 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Eyes Unclouded

I’ve seen the same thing at the local Catholic Church when a father tried to take photos of his infants Babtism.
Not the chosen photographer.
In other words no kick back.


21 posted on 02/28/2010 2:49:01 PM PST by Joe Boucher (Just say NO to RINOs.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

The other interesting thing is that they have about 500,000 cameras all over the country there...probably DOZENS if not hundreds at that mall.


22 posted on 02/28/2010 2:50:26 PM PST by BobL
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To: Eyes Unclouded

England does not surprise me any more. They have been insane for quite some time.


23 posted on 02/28/2010 2:54:23 PM PST by Lazamataz (Seriously. The only way Obama can possibly pull this out is to declare Martial Law before November.)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

My young special needs son slipped away at a large mall one night. I was frantically searching for him. Eventually the mall started closing down parts of the mall for the night and a security guard stopped me, telling me I couldn’t go down that part of the mall. I explained I was missing a kid (I’d already told mall security but they said they couldn’t help). He said they wouldn’t let me go down there. I advised the guy to call the police because I was going down that side of the mall if he liked it or not.

They let me through.


24 posted on 02/28/2010 2:55:46 PM PST by gitmo (FR vs DTU: n4mage vs DUmage)
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Yeah, this is the same country that banned parents from a playground (including putting them outside a fence) just in case they may be pedophiles. So family outings for these kids will involve the joy of a playground and seeing the smiling faces of your mom or dad through chainlink.

And God forbid they fall? Wonder if they would have to just hobble on their broken leg to the fence to reach their parents.

The world has gone slapcrap bonkers insane.


25 posted on 02/28/2010 3:04:50 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Eyes Unclouded
This is England
26 posted on 02/28/2010 3:06:18 PM PST by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: gitmo

So, gitmo, finish the story. WHERE did you find him??


27 posted on 02/28/2010 3:07:26 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: jackibutterfly

He had ended up going to Bass Pro Shops to watch the fish.

I was really starting to panic that time, though.


28 posted on 02/28/2010 3:15:37 PM PST by gitmo (FR vs DTU: n4mage vs DUmage)
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To: donhunt
"This would have been the opportunity to make a complete fool of myself."

I was thinking the exact same thing, but I'm always afraid my wife won't bail me out til she's had a few days of peace.

29 posted on 02/28/2010 3:16:43 PM PST by FunkyZero ("It's not about duck hunting !")
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To: Zack Attack
"What proof can be provided?"
The Father should have consented to an immediate blood test in the Mall Cop van. lol.

That Mall Cop is an imbecile. Must have been a slow day.

30 posted on 02/28/2010 3:24:57 PM PST by NoRedTape
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To: BobL

I was going to refer to my wife as “partner” when I realized she holds the majority voting interest.


31 posted on 02/28/2010 3:29:19 PM PST by votemout
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To: Eyes Unclouded
Would this have taken place ten years ago in the UK? Will it happen here in ten years?

ahhh - let me tell you a story.

I took my 2 year old son to an afternoon movie matinee.

In the middle of he movie, a policeman approached me, having been called by the theater personnel.

I had a hel*va time proving I was his mother, even with my frightened little boy hanging on my leg, whimpering "Mommy, mommy."

I happened to look young for my age - I was 21. I was still being carded when I was into my 40's.

My 'little boy" is now 57 - and my age and looks have, unfortunately, caught up with each other.


32 posted on 02/28/2010 3:30:04 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: gitmo

Thank you - glad he was alright! :-)


33 posted on 03/02/2010 11:39:44 AM PST by jackibutterfly
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