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(The Sun)   Customer takes pictures of mice inside bakery display case. Store complains, says it's illegal to take photos in their store (with mousy pic goodness)   (thesun.co.uk) divider line 66
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2007-02-16 03:44:22 AM
Say cheese.

/Nothing. Really.
 
2007-02-16 03:45:01 AM
Pic Goodness:
images.thesun.co.uk

I'll take one in-store cake tub and a mouse to go, if you please
 
2007-02-16 03:46:07 AM
Food Display cases' drains should have a trap, and the employees should be instructed to aoccasionally pour water into the drain, lest the trap dry out.

This will also prevent the roaches that live int eh pipe from crawling up into the cases at night.

Don;t they have plumbing inspectors in UK?
 
2007-02-16 03:46:48 AM
They were obviously stalking this mouse, off to jail with you!



on that note, is there a follow up on the "stalking" case with that cop, their court date was the 14th.
 
2007-02-16 03:47:36 AM
Watch out for the chocolate sprinkles on those cakes....
 
2007-02-16 03:48:02 AM
Aww, it's cute.

But I would shop elsewhere.
 
2007-02-16 03:50:04 AM
Why isn't it fatter?
 
2007-02-16 03:51:33 AM
submitter: Store complains, says it's illegal to take photos in their store

Where does it say that?
 
2007-02-16 03:53:39 AM
beve

you're right, I guess smitty didn't RTFA....

"I could not believe it so I took photos," said the customer. "When I complained I was told it was illegal to take photographs in the store."
 
2007-02-16 03:54:57 AM
I loves those meeses to pieces!
 
2007-02-16 03:55:40 AM
TFA is mostly ads and little test, so here is the text:


A MOUSE is caught tucking in at Sainsbury's - in a snap taken by a shocked customer.

The cheesed-off shopper spotted TWO rodents helping themselves to crumbs in the cake section.

"I could not believe it so I took photos," said the customer. "When I complained I was told it was illegal to take photographs in the store."

Sainsbury's said it was aware of a mice problem at its store near London's Victoria bus station. A spokes-person said: "We have been working with our pest control contractors to eliminate the problem."
 
2007-02-16 03:56:23 AM
test=text
/proofread ffs
 
2007-02-16 03:56:30 AM
Why is it illegal to take pictures of display cases?

I've seen no-camera signs in display cases.

If you're putting food on display, WTF? Why can't I take pictures?
 
2007-02-16 04:00:25 AM
It's not illegal. It may be against their own store rules, but it's not against the law. They pull this crap because other stores come and photograph their sale prices, etc.
 
2007-02-16 04:00:48 AM
nucular bum: That mouse's real name is this:

I see what you did there.

"...some of the fellows there, starting handing cheese around..."
 
2007-02-16 04:04:12 AM
bakatare

Why is it illegal to take pictures of display cases?



Because a terrurist may use one of those pictures to learn just where they need to plant a bomb to destroy every cake you have ever loved.

We're doin' it to protect you. And to protect those delicious lemon poppy seed cakes.

Mmn.... lemon poppy seed.
 
2007-02-16 04:05:32 AM
robeph

Here you go: Link
 
2007-02-16 04:07:57 AM
img218.imageshack.us
 
2007-02-16 04:18:45 AM
Cerebral Ballsy:
It's not illegal. It may be against their own store rules, but it's not against the law. They pull this crap because other stores come and photograph their sale prices, etc.


You'd be amazed at how over protective grocery stores are of their prices. I've often contemplating developing an app for that motorola bar-code scanner accessory for the cell phone that would allow people to lodge products/prices at a website and then browse it through their phone.

The idea here would be: Tracking what people look at so that you could turn around and sell that information to grocers who in turn would hopefully target sales at those people through email (opt-in of course)

Providing alerts to people when a certain product (or products) on their grocery list were on sale at a local store.

I'm working on another project right now, but mark my words if I don't do this myself someone else will have done something similar soon (if they haven't already - honestly haven't looked into it that much, it's just one of a million ideas floating around in my head).
 
2007-02-16 04:19:12 AM
rackrent
"Then some of 'em started... squeakin'."
 
2007-02-16 04:26:07 AM
robeph: "I could not believe it so I took photos," said the customer. "When I complained I was told it was illegal to take photographs in the store."

Back to reading class for me. Unless the Sun is removing & re-adding sentences to articles just to mess with my head.
 
2007-02-16 04:28:06 AM
TwistedFark

The idea here would be: Tracking what people look at so that you could turn around and sell that information to grocers who in turn would hopefully target sales at those people through email (opt-in of course)


You coulda sold that idea to a venture capitalist for squillions! Except I just did it for you. I'll put a buck in the penny tray at my local pub when I next visit in appreciation :-)
 
2007-02-16 04:28:10 AM
It sure isn't illegal to take your business elsewhere.
 
2007-02-16 04:29:25 AM
i70.photobucket.com
 
2007-02-16 04:57:11 AM
That article sent shivers down my spine.

True story: I worked part time in a "up scale" grocery-bakery known for their "superior" cakes etc. I started work at 5:00AM to set up bakery counter, coffee bar etc. One morning, the cakes on display had little marks on the frosting. On closer inspection, I realized that the marks were mouse foot prints. Also noticed that the bottom of display case was alive with roaches. I started to remove the cakes to toss them when the owner came by and told me to send them back up stairs to the bakery so they could be "fixed".

Walked out, never went back. Place is still in business, selling "superior" cakes and baked goods.
 
2007-02-16 04:57:36 AM
Sainsbury's. Why am I am not surprised.

That mouse will probably die of malnutrition - those 'bakery goods' are basically chemicals.

Here's one major difference between the USA and the UK. In the USA, the arseole store owner or security guard will tell you that you're not allowed to take photos in there, but sort of have this look on his face where both you and he know that the store is full of shiat on this issue. In the UK, they will be intimidating and arrogant and be very serious with threats to sue you. They will call the police, who will do the bidding of the store owner and not even consider your free speech or other claims - by 'not consider' i mean they won't even take the time to listen to them.

The historical arrogance of british business and the complicity of the law enforcement is directly tied to the lack of a basic bill of rights in the country and a legal system that provides the wronged almost no recorse from things like corporate negligence. for example, if you happened to swallow mouse shiat after buying their baked goods and got demonstrably sick from this, just about the most you could sue for would be the work you missed. if you are unemployed, they would claim that you suffered no real loss and you would get at best a token sum. there would be NOTHING in terms of punitive damages to the company - that's simply unheard of.
 
2007-02-16 05:02:56 AM
*Vomits*

*Eats another piece of cake*

*Vomits*

*Grabs another slice*

/I apologize for nothing - Hedonism Bot
 
2007-02-16 05:18:44 AM
Hey man, theres a flicken chicken mouse in my pastry..

/ Shhhhhh, quiet, or everyone will want one..
 
2007-02-16 05:19:04 AM
Bomb Head Mohammed

I imagine its not illegal to take a photo in a store, but I imagine that the store can throw you out for any reason it chooses. Its nothing to do with free speech.
 
2007-02-16 05:24:21 AM
"'Ere now! Is that rat tart?"
 
2007-02-16 05:26:20 AM
MinnesotaJack:
Food Display cases' drains should have a trap, and the employees should be instructed to aoccasionally pour water into the drain, lest the trap dry out.
This will also prevent the roaches that live int eh pipe from crawling up into the cases at night.
Don't they have plumbing inspectors in UK?


I'm no plumber, but don't you get ungodly smells if the trap dries out? I doubt the rodents came from there, as people would be complaining about the stench of death as well.
 
2007-02-16 05:27:57 AM
The grocery store I worked at had a no video/photograph policy. I never really asked why. I'm guessing it's some liability thing. Liability for what, I'm not sure, but that's always the excuse for any kind of store policy. I don't think it's got to do with any kind of competitors taking pictures of prices, because you can just write that down. In fact the pricing department of stores usually take hand held scanners and go to other stores and scan certain items, being universal codes they'll work anywhere.

Oh as for the mouse? You're supposed to add it to the cake BEFORE you bake it.
 
2007-02-16 05:32:10 AM
I've often contemplating developing an app for that motorola bar-code scanner accessory for the cell phone that would allow people to lodge products/prices at a website and then browse it through their phone.

The idea here would be: Tracking what people look at so that you could turn around and sell that information to grocers who in turn would hopefully target sales at those people through email (opt-in of course)


I don't know. You're expecting people to go through a lot of trouble just to receive extra spam (both the email and canned variety). First the average consumer would have to buy the accessory and learn how to use it properly. Then they'd have to scan every item in a store they're interested in and enter the listed price. Then they'd have to dump the info to your site and, in the end, receive more unrelated promos then actual useful information (since you know the stores would try to tell the consumer what to buy, like they do with any other form of advertising). Especially since they already do this at the register with those coupon printers, to some extent.

Weirder things have made people millions, though. I'll watch for this to appear locally and think of you if it takes off.
 
2007-02-16 05:34:10 AM
The mouse is kinda cute though.
 
2007-02-16 05:37:01 AM
Mice have to eat too.
 
2007-02-16 05:41:51 AM
"It's the cutest infestation ever!"
 
2007-02-16 05:45:05 AM
Ah... and on further reflection stores actually do have a program just as TwistedFark describes with the club cards. That tracks all of their demographics and makes use of the register scanners to track their purchases -- though it doesn't tell them what product they considered and then failed to purchase because of the price.

But it is a simpler, less expensive and faster process than the cell phone/barcode reader concept. But if people can get rich picking up dog poop, then anything is possible with the right marketing. Gotta admit that...
 
2007-02-16 05:54:23 AM
The pull-out mouse is not the same mouse as the one above the 1.99 sign. The pull-out mouse is on plastic bags and has obviously been darkened to make it appear more like O.J.
 
2007-02-16 06:13:52 AM
Klaus: Wha's for afters?
Mother: Rat cake, rat sorbet, rat pudding, or strawberry tart.
Klaus: (eyes lighting up) Strawberry tart?
Mother: Well, it's got *some* rat in it.
Klaus: 'Ow much?
Mother: Three. A lot, really.
Klaus: Well, I'll have a slice without so much rat in it.
 
2007-02-16 06:25:59 AM
Bomb Head Mohammed
Come off it, free speech has nothing to do with it. A supermarket is private property that you have implicit permission to enter.

Sainsburys are allowed to attach conditions to that permission: if you violate those conditions, they withdraw their permission and you are trespassing.
 
2007-02-16 06:27:08 AM
FYI: site contains NSFW Ads,

If bare tushy is NSFW where you work.

/although its a nice piece of grade A Ass
 
2007-02-16 06:27:30 AM
*ding* "One slice without so much rat in it later"
 
2007-02-16 06:42:46 AM
Yuck. Just yuck.

Forget about pictures. I probably would have totally freaked or vomited and scared away a bunch of customers. I know that food has bug parts and human hairs and other questionable things in it, but I really don't want to be confronted with the evidence as I am buying said food.

/has serious issues with mice and rats, even pets
//bad experience as a child with a barn rat
 
2007-02-16 06:48:33 AM
Bomb Head Mohammed

Maybe a couple of decades ago that was the case, but I think we're definately catching up with the OMG-my-coffee-was-too-hot-I'm-suing-your-ass-for-ONE-BILLION-DOLLARZ!!!111 thing they have stateside.

You have to ask yourself: Is this a good thing?
 
2007-02-16 06:59:48 AM
Hi, my name is Mickey and I'm here to pick up my brother..
 
2007-02-16 07:45:41 AM
The cheesed-off shopper spotted TWO rodents helping themselves to crumbs in the cake section.

So one mouse would be fine but two is a problem?
 
2007-02-16 07:56:09 AM
When I was a kid, most shops had a shop cat to eat the mice. I occasionally see a shop cat nowdays but only in the villages or tourist hamlets.
 
2007-02-16 08:09:21 AM
"Excuse me, what's this mouse doing in me cake?"

"Looks like he's shaitting, sir."

(I would have said "the backstroke" but that was the fly in me soup. Different joke altogether.)
 
2007-02-16 08:23:15 AM
Sainsbury's said it was aware of a mice problem at its store near London's Victoria bus station. A spokes-person said: "We have been working with our pest control contractors to eliminate the problem."

talk about a complete contradiction.. you're working with pest control contractors to eliminate a problem you're not aware of?
 
2007-02-16 08:23:57 AM
oops... my reading-foo is weak tonight.. scratch that comment.
 
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