Based on the report, the couple was outraged when they see the van parked illegally, blocking the traffic.
I miss the days when I can hear mums telling their kids this :
"Got police su su (* su su = uncle) come here catch pple, we better go elsewhere"
Now is :
"TMD, that van block the whole road! I am going to snap a photo and send to Stomp and make the whole world know Cisco guards park their van illegally!"
Like that in Singapore, Italian Job not hard. Just need to get A LOT OF COOPER MINIS and fill up the whole parking lot!
Let me post the whole article :
From Todayonline.com -
Cisco guards threatened couple who took photo of officers’ illegally-parked van
THEY felt they were doing the right thing by taking photographs of an illegally-parked
Cisco van, but they ended up being threatened instead.
Mr Dennis Toh and his wife were walking towards the Hougang Swimming Complex
at about 11.30am on Monday, when they saw the van parked in a yellow box outside
the Hougang polyclinic.
According to Mr Toh, who contacted MediaCorp News, the van was blocking
traffic so he took a photograph of it with his mobile phone to show the traffic police.
Within minutes, however, he was approached by two Cisco guards he had earlier
seen directing traffic down the road.
“They demanded that we delete the picture because we were not allowed to take photos
of guards on duty,” said Mr Toh, who told them that as it was a public space, he
could take “any pictures I want”.
One officer then demanded his particulars and said, according to Mr Toh, “if not
I’ll detain you on the basis that you refused to delete the picture off your handphone”.
After a stand-off for about half-an-hour, each party decided to call the police in.
Said Mr Toh: “The police confirmed with me that I could take whatever pictures
I want because it’s a public space. (The Cisco guards) don’t have the right to ... approach us in such a manner; they were actually talking to us very aggressively. It
When contacted, Cisco said the officers had chosen to park at the corner of the
yellow box because it was close to where they were controlling the traffic.
In any event where a quick response is required, Cisco officers are allowed to park “illegally” in the course of their duty, the security agency said. But it agreed its guards
had over-responded when they realised they had been photographed by Mr Toh.
In a statement, Cisco said there was no basis for the guards to be so concerned,
given the circumstances. But, the company added, it was the guards’ duty to be
aware of such situations and to investigate and record the incidents in their daily reports
— which was possibly why they had asked the couple for their particulars.
Cisco said it took public feedback seriously and would remind its officers to deal
with such situations more tactfully. — 938LIVE
Last edited by cjl; 4th April 2007 at 01:50 PM.
i think the couple start off the wrong way. if they find that the van is blocking their way, they can ask the officers to move it. why start off with taking photographers? another over-enthu stomper
of course, i'm not saying the Cisco guards are doing the right thing, but imo, they over responded also.
Last edited by mervlam; 4th April 2007 at 01:47 PM.
2nd, I reckon the couple was thinking something big must have hap there and maybe they have the spirit of a reporter, they go snap and snap, not till the Cisco guards came marching to them.
Who knows? Maybe the couple use the agressive manners to dim the light on the photography issue.
And I cant believe the police said its OK to take photographs of these guards in duty. So, can we also take a snap at the Cisco guards guarding the ATM when money is being inserted in? Its a pubilc place afterall?
I believe some will do that, if the guards have no rifles in hand...
Last edited by cjl; 4th April 2007 at 01:57 PM.
I believe that I can take pictures of the guards even when they are refilling an ATM - what are you going to charge me with? A nebulous ISA provision? Breach of national security?
Also, the press statement gives the incorrect impression - if I choose not to give my particulars for the CISCO officer to fill out his report, there's nothign they can do.
They should be happy if I don't file a charge for wrongful restraint or wrongful confinement, which is what the complainant should have threatened if they tried to detain him.
Once again, overzealous security guards who make up their own laws. What's next?
I will greatly anticipate wat u suggested. Saying one's mind is one level, able to practise wat one preach is another.
Certainly, for me, I wont shoot a scene or something that will land me into undesirable trouble with authorities. SHooting the ATM refilling progress as one's way of enjoyment? Gosh....