Think twice before using a map in public
From one of the blogs I regularly read (Nobody’s Business) comes news even I can scarcely believe. The Chicago Police Department sure has the Christmas spirit going for it. They have issued a Winter Holiday Public Awareness Bulletin that quite clearly states the categories of people who should be considered suspicious in their city. Click on the image below to check out the suspects:
So if you’re thinking of visiting Chicago – don’t take notes, use binoculars, cameras, shoot videos or consult a map. Because if you’re seen doing any of these suspicious activities, you might be ratted on to the Chicago police. I would think that a foreigner would be hard-pressed navigating themselves around Chicago without consulting a map. Even with many maps, I managed to find myself lost in some dubious looking area of Chicago under some bridge. Is this a descent into paranoia or what??!!
And if you happen to be in Hull, UK simply don’t take any photos. A hapless amateur photography, simply practicing the techniques of street photography, was hauled off by police and his film was seized, mainly because members of the public were anxious about this dude taking photos – the insinuation being he was taking photos of possibly sensitive material (I suppose buildings for example). The dude said he was not disguising the fact he was taking photos; avoided taking photos of children; and only took shots of passers-by. This was his first attempt at street photography – and it’s probably turned him off for life! Mmmm…..seems to me Google Street View does the same thing: snaps people going about their business in public spaces. Note to Google: don’t take Street View to Hull.