Was I wrong here?

posted 1 month ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

This seems like a pretty long winded conversation to have when one person is in a moving car and one is cycling past! 

In general it is fine to film in public for your own use, I think this is even less of an issue as you were in a moving car and plenty of people have dashcams.  A majority of cyclists have helmet cameras so it is surprising this was an issue.

Sometimes tourists can be really rude and oblivious to the privacy of other people when they are filming, so just don’t be one of those people.

This seems unlikely to be something you encounter again. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m guessing they’re just sick of tourists. I’d be annoyed if someone was basically videoing what was behind me as I went about my daily life as well.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

He probably was afraid he would be on camera and didn’t want to be. So, I don’t think you were in the “wrong per se” because it wasn’t your intention to film HIM. But I don’t think he was in the wrong either, not wanting to be on camera. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

socalgirl1689 :  But did you roll down the window to shout back? It just seems like you both escalated the situation unnecessarily.  

On the one hand you shouted to him that you weren’t filming him and you wouldn’t want to anyway, but then you wanted to follow up by shouting at him to stay home if he didn’t want to be filmed.  So were you filming him or not?

I’m not trying to say you were in the wrong, but all you can do is look at your own actions in situations and you were both really aggressive here.  Maybe you were filming unnecessarily, I don’t know, but having a camera directed at someone can be invasive and creepy. Having an attitude like “If you never again wanna come across someone with a camera then you better just stay home!” doesn’t make it seem like you acknowledge that. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I do think when you are filming something in general, it’s a nice courtesy to try and angle the camera to get as few strangers as possible in your shot, but it was unreasonable of him to demand that you delete your video. It sounds like the driver was saying don’t engage the crazy, not that it’s a bad practice to take videos with your phone.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

socalgirl1689 :  I live in a pretty touristy city and I can’t imagine ever making a big deal about someone capturing me in their photo or video. I guess I can understand locals being annoyed that tourists (or non tourists) like to stream so much of their lives on social media and don’t want to appear in those videos… but really they have no right to tell you to stop filming your surroundings. They should stop going in public if they don’t want to end up in someones photos/videos because cameras are everywhere these days. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

This isn’t illegal in the slightest. You’re correct & it’s only if you’re concentrating on one person vs a group.  

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

 socalgirl1689 :  I know you didn’t say it, I’m saying the fact that you think someone shouldn’t leave the house without expecting to be filmed is potentially telling of your thoughts regarding filming others and privacy.  

Again, I didn’t say you were wrong in this situation but you asked how you could handle something like this next time and one way is to be considerate of other people and their privacy. Your thoughts seem to be “I bought this camera why can’t I film with it?” but situations aren’t as black and white as that. 

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