Just saw a thread about photo pests at the Chingay here.
Hai... Sounds so familiar. I think such photo pests are not confined to only those you see here.
I encountered one 6foot plus American pro photog. In Luang Prabang Laos, in the morning when the monks go on rounds for alms, he behaved aggressively in shooting, sometimes tapping the young monks on their shoulder with a policeman "STOP" gesture to STOP THEM FROM PROCEEDING in the route so he can get a in your face type of portrait. After20mins I cannot tahan already I gently reminded him to stop behaving that way and that he was in everyone's photo. His ego so big, he came up to me, grip his 1DSMk2 + 24-70 + 580EX in right hand like a weapon, and yelled at me to shut the f*** up and ask me what I gonna do about it? He is a pro and doing his work, so I should shut up and get lost, or else...
I told him off and said he was disrespectful of the Buddhist religious procession, then he insulted me, and called me stupid, and accused me of being Singaporean(??) [which I obviously was but I didn't see the relevance]. Then he SHOVED ME in the chest while holding the camera in a sling. Crazy move. I shoved him back with a bigger shove and asked him what he was going to do next. My wife stepped in between us as asked him to get lost, and stop being disrespectful to a buddhist procession. And he did, after threatening that if he stayed we would both end up in the police station... Meaning he threatened to bash me up... Hai..
Anyway moral of the story, the bigger the gun you carry, the more people in the general public expect you to behave like a pro with a moral and ethical responsibility, and proper conduct. To disturb a procession of a religious nature is really a no-no. Imagine if he disrupted a Christian/Catholic procession like in Italy or Spain? I dont think he would have survived the crowd. But here in Asia, these guys pretty much behave as they wish, cos we appear smaller and less likely to tell them off.
Maybe its time we try to remind them once in awhile to moderate their behaviour. Politely of course. But if they persist, there is little we can do... Or not?