I am just curious why 16 years olds and above are allowed to play pool? I was at Marina Square pool centre earlier today. I saw a note saying "16 years old and above are allowed after 6.30pm." Why 6.30pm? And also why no photography allowed?
isn't there a restriction on age at gaming arcades as well? I think it's got to do with the whole "young kids congregating at such areas = encouragement to be deviant" mentality that a lot of people have.
either that or it's another way to reduce opportunities for people to wag school?
and as for no photography. hmm. I don't know really!
6.30pm rule -> they don't want the underaged to play pool whole day.
no photography rule -> maybe while taking shots, you might obstruct the other players having their game (usually pool ctr are pretty cramped). or, it's not zoo... some players don't like their photos to be taken.
Flash is annoying to other players concentrating on making their shot count so they can force their opponent to punch. Heh.
And management is too clueless when you try to explain that "Oh, But I am shooting with a ISO 25,600 and a f/1.2 lens. I won't be disturbing nobody!"
Not happy? Feeling rich? Buy a pool table put in your own house. Can take all the pictures you want. It even serves as a very nice "furniture" for model shoots.
some shopping centers also ban photography. is it because they scared other people steal their interior design which they paid for?
I never faced any problems with photography in pool halls. It's common sense that you do not fire off your flash though.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. - Oscar Wilde
Unless you are very, very young (I'm talking abt below 20yrs), you might remember 'The Centrepoint Kid' era where socially deviant children would hang around Centrepoint in their outrageous fashion, etc.
There was one time where there was a blanket ban where anyone, as long as they are in school uniform, are not allowed into arcade and pool centres at all times of the day.
During the era between late 80s to end 90s, schools were facing problems of kids playing hooky & juvenile delinquency and apparently there was some sort of 'unofficial arrangement' of sorts between arcade/pool operators and schools I think. Those who are older might remember the wave of complaint letters and how principals would usually make very serious announcements on catching some very famous Primary 7E or Primary 8M student smoking at an arcade whilst playing hooky, etc.
Terrorism. They're are afraid of terrorists. That's why no photography allowed.
Ah, but seriously folks,
many establishments do not allow photography in their premises. Just because. I once saw beautiful clouds outside the window of Woodlands Regional Library. Took out my phonecam to shoot the scenery OUTSIDE the library. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, one librarian came up to me and said "no photography". I say take picture of clouds outside also cannot. She say cannot. Too many other instances to recall, where I was told "no photography allowed" (even at places which had no explicit signs), and when I ask why, they cannot give me answer.
As for pool halls specifically, maybe it's to also protect their other clients' privacy? Somehow, pool halls still have a bad reputation amongst the ignorant. If you hang out at one, you must be a pai kia. And some pool halls allow people to smoke inside, despite strict laws against this. So if you take pic, might give them problems.
But really, they don't need to tell you why. It's "just because" lor.
Solution? They going to check your profession before you enter a building now?
Like I said before... alot of the management are just plain clueless and/or afraid to rock the boat by suggesting to the big bosses on changing certain policies that are irrational.