Theft of Ideas?

@nonersays (2688)
United States
April 7, 2010 11:43pm CST
I work at an arts/crafts store. We have a florist on duty who makes hand made arrangements to sell. She also does custom orders. Lately I've seen A LOT of customers taking pictures of her hand made and custom arrangements with their cell phones so that they can "make it their self." Do you think this is right? I think it should be considered a type of theft and should not be allowed to take pictures with their phones. I think that if they want to try to re-create it from memory, thats one thing, but to basically say "I like this a lot, but I'm not going to pay her for her time, effort, and talent" is almost as bad as just stealing the whole arrangement.
2 responses
@sallyj (1228)
• United States
8 Apr 10
I know that when my daughter-in-law was planning her wedding i would have appreciated a way of asking if she liked this, or that. If i label the shot i would then have been able to order what she would have liked.
• Hong Kong
9 Apr 10
Then you are not stealing the effort from others, it just like you want to know what your daughter-in-law would like.
@HelloMickey (1663)
• Hong Kong
9 Apr 10
Hello nonersays, Why don't you stop them taking pictures? You can do this, and no photo shotting in your store, it is just that simple to stop people stealing others' idea. I think you are right, people can re-create it from their memories but can't just steal the idea that so easy.
@nonersays (2688)
• United States
9 Apr 10
Sadly we're not allowed to stop them from taking pictures or I would. We're not even allowed to stop PHYSICAL shoplifters in our store if we saw them cram something into their pocket or bag. I think the company is so afraid they"ll be sued or something.