Pool pictures ban over paedophile fears.

July 25, 2008 10:51am CST
Amateur photographer Betty was told she could not take snaps of an empty paddling pool because she might be a paedophile!!! A council worker ordered her to put her camera away after she began taking a few snaps of the outdoor pool. The 82 year old from Southampton said "Its absolutely ridiculous - its bureauacy gone mad." She was with her friend Brenda as she took photos of the city's common where the pool is situated. Southampton City Council said "Its appropriate that our staff are aware pf who is taking photos." I thought it was crazy how parents couldnt take photos of their children at school but this is an empty pool, how could that make her a paedophile???? Absolutely crazy!!
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11 responses
25 Jul 08
How ridiculous, I think people make no sense sometimes. If there are no children there than what is the harm?
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25 Jul 08
maybe its just incase she plans on coming back to the pool when there are children there!! who knows, its the council, they never make sense!!!
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@ellie333 (21029)
25 Jul 08
I absolutely agree with you it is the PC brigade gone mad, a real pervert would probably be hidden with a zoom lense anyway eh! An EMPTY pool even more ridiculous. What about all the CCTV dotted around everywhere, I hope they vet the people that watch the screens on them as there are numerous children in shopping centres etc., Oh this sort of thing makes me so mad. Betty I am on your side and I wish you all the best for taking an excellent snap that will get you first prize in a competition! Thanks for sharing this one Cinderella. Ellie :D
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@gemini_rose (16194)
25 Jul 08
It is ridiculous because they always seem to focus on the stupid things rather than the important things. Now while they are telling her that she cannot take photos of an empty paddling pool somewhere else there is someone else snapping away at a pool full of kids and no one is paying them the slightest bit of attention.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
Since there was no one in the pool I don't know what the problem would be. That is way out in left field. I think people are just a tad bit too scared. I can understand them not wanting her to take photos if there was people in he pool.
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26 Jul 08
Maybe they were scared incase she came back when people where in the pool!?? I dont know what was going through the councils head, if there were people in the pool then it would be understandable!!
@Arkadus (899)
• Canada
25 Jul 08
Great now I'm afraid to look out my windows. My next door neighbor runs a daycare and the elementary school is just across the back alley. I'm surrounded by them. :o Maybe I should gouge my eyes out, that way they can't arrest me for looking!!!!! It's kind of stupid how they make all these little itsy bitsy rules that don't do anything about the people actually doing stuff. The onyl one they ever made that made sense to me was banning camera phones in pool change rooms. THAT makes sense, banning photography in the actual pool area, not so much. Except that the camera technically has to pass through said change rooms... Just wait till they try to arrest you because you could have used your imagination. Oh wait Canada already does that. At least in regard to this whole pedo topic. Because here fictional characters have rights too. Why not go arrest someone who's say, molesting kids in their basement? Might help you get the problem under control.
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25 Jul 08
Hello cinderella2007, How stupid, I have never in my life heard of such nonsense, it was and empty for crying out loud, the concil should take care of other problems like fixing uneven pavements, we pay enough concil tax instead of picking something stupid like that. Tamara
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• United States
25 Jul 08
This is going to far. She is a pedophile because she is taking pictures of an empty pool??? I guess I am a pedophile because I looked at an empty swing, or a closed daycare center. I understand that people are very wary of pedophiles nowadays, you can never tell who is one, but you have got to be kidding me that she was banned from taking pictures of an empty pool.... what could she have done with them?
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@djbtol (5501)
• United States
25 Jul 08
Just another example of liberal idiocy gone mad. These kind of people need to be shouted down or ignored. Everyone thinks that they can use their cause as a reason to control someone else. Until you are caught actually breaking an established law - take all the pictures you want. djbtol
@Hatley (159601)
• Garden Grove, California
26 Jul 08
cinderella 2007 hi that is the most bizarre story I have ever heard. why would a 82 year o ld woman ever be thought]of as a pedophile, that is ludicrous indeed.What is in an empty pool that would make the coucil think the woman was a child molester. this is plain nutty to me and I think the city councel is nuts.
26 Jul 08
Surely a paedophile is someone who takes snaps off children - clothed and semi clothed not from taking snaps of where they have been and may have played. It madness, the pool was empty!! You would have thought the council would have had a better excuse for her not taking snaps!! Barmy!!! Thanks for commenting x
@jstaubin (423)
• United States
26 Jul 08
this is complete crap. I understand that they want to keep children safe. But I am sorry to say that a paedophile is not going to be standing there in the crowd of people taking pictures of kids and drawing attention to themselves. They are the ones standing outside the gate taken the pictures. If they were inside the pool area taking the pictures the parents would catch on that hey that person doesn't have a kid with them and know that something was up. No they hide some where to take there sick pictures.
@smacksman (6076)
26 Jul 08
It may be an empty pool now but when Betty gets home and fires up Photoshop she can put loads of children into the picture and then look at it and wind herself up into an 82 year old frenzy of lust!! Society needs to be protected against 'jobs-worth' council workers more like.