What a Noob!
Today, my husband and I had the misfortune to pass a car accident on the way to work. We were sitting on the bus , in front of us were an Oriental lady, her son and a woman I think was probably her mother. They were conversing in their own language, but the son, aged around ten, we think, was able to speak good English.
As we passed the accident, both mother and grandma pulled out cameras and started to take photos or maybe video, I couldn't see. Of course, this being the UK, we did not suffer the indignity of being pulled over and told off by any of the many police officers around the crash site. I can't help but wonder whether we would have been so lucky in some other countries, especially given the prevailing attitude to those people who feel it is necessary to record every moment of their lives these days.
There are a few places in the UK where photography and video capture is banned but not many. Hospitals, job centres and courts of law have rules to prevent unauthorised photography and video. Naturally, it is an offence to put a serving police officer, member of the armed forces or any other security service personnel in danger by publishing a recognisable photograph of them in a place which may be accessible to anyone plotting terrorist acts (so basically, no photos on social media of any ilk). Taking a photograph or video of them in itself is not illegal , it's merely where the work ends up which can land someone in hot water.
However, I would have thought that common sense and average powers of judgement would have decreed that it was not a good move to be recording the aftermath of a car accident, no matter whether anyone was injured or not.
What do you think? I counted us lucky to get away without further trouble from this behavior, although others' views may differ.
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