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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohflex View Post
    The restaurant manager may proceed to delete the photos you just took of the food using the mobile phone thinking that you meant to allow him to do that. Or he just got an excuse to "confiscate" your mobile phone. (now no need to buy one for birthday gift for his GF)
    hahahahahaha

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    Well... if you're considering any act of arrogance to piss off the manager or whoever... I hope all your food has already arrived. If not, perhaps it would be for the better you leave anyway.

    Diplomacy goes a long way... Confrontation isn't something that work very well in the context of asian cultures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmacs View Post
    sion = sushi?
    Woah! You wanna bite me?

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    The clear unequivocal position in law is that it is not illegal to take photographs in the situation that you have described - illegal meaning commission of a criminal offence, or even for that matter, stretching it even to apply to civil liability.

    However, given that you are on their premises, they are able to stop you from taking photos and if you continue from that point forward, they do have the right to ask you to leave, failing which you could be guilty of criminal trespass. Note however that they do not have any remedies for photographs already taken nor the right to demand that you surrender or delete any photographs.

    The sticky situation then arises if you are halfway into or just starting the meal - do they have the right to ask you to leave. My view (which is not as unequivocal as the above two paragraphs) is that if this condition was not drawn to your attention prior to acceptance of the contract, they would be in breach of contract by not fulfilling their end of the agreement; ie to allow you to consume your food in peace. This is of course, merely for academic argument and it is not likely this will become an issue in real life as most pple will guai guai stop taking photos and then consume their food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yatlapball View Post
    Well... if you're considering any act of arrogance to piss off the manager or whoever... I hope all your food has already arrived. If not, perhaps it would be for the better you leave anyway.

    Diplomacy goes a long way... Confrontation isn't something that work very well in the context of asian cultures.
    what's he gonna do? spit in the food? He may manage the restaurant but its the consumer's money who pays for his salary. He wanna do all this bs then can just expect for his customer base to dwindle and close shop. The restaurant in question is not the only eatery in vivocity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    The clear unequivocal position in law is that it is not illegal to take photographs in the situation that you have described - illegal meaning commission of a criminal offence, or even for that matter, stretching it even to apply to civil liability.

    However, given that you are on their premises, they are able to stop you from taking photos and if you continue from that point forward, they do have the right to ask you to leave, failing which you could be guilty of criminal trespass. Note however that they do not have any remedies for photographs already taken nor the right to demand that you surrender or delete any photographs.

    The sticky situation then arises if you are halfway into or just starting the meal - do they have the right to ask you to leave. My view (which is not as unequivocal as the above two paragraphs) is that if this condition was not drawn to your attention prior to acceptance of the contract, they would be in breach of contract by not fulfilling their end of the agreement; ie to allow you to consume your food in peace. This is of course, merely for academic argument and it is not likely this will become an issue in real life as most pple will guai guai stop taking photos and then consume their food.
    i'll just stop eating and leave. why should i pay for bs service.

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    No.. the question is what are you going to do? You probably won't be able to tell he spit in your food anyway.

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    Bakerzin is another place to keep an eye out.
    We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. - Oscar Wilde

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    anyway on the other hand the auntie in the restarant clearing plates was real polite, totally enjoyed her service, even described to us the item servings and stuff and was smiling all the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhangyb View Post
    anyway on the other hand the auntie in the restarant clearing plates was real polite, totally enjoyed her service, even described to us the item servings and stuff and was smiling all the time
    hope you left her a nice tip.

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    You look like a famous chef, they thought you trying to copy thier dishes

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    Vince,

    Your responses are too academic. People are looking to blow off steam here, that's all. Not to seek detailed advice! Not that your advice is incorrect, of course.


    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    The clear unequivocal position in law is that it is not illegal to take photographs in the situation that you have described - illegal meaning commission of a criminal offence, or even for that matter, stretching it even to apply to civil liability.

    However, given that you are on their premises, they are able to stop you from taking photos and if you continue from that point forward, they do have the right to ask you to leave, failing which you could be guilty of criminal trespass. Note however that they do not have any remedies for photographs already taken nor the right to demand that you surrender or delete any photographs.

    The sticky situation then arises if you are halfway into or just starting the meal - do they have the right to ask you to leave. My view (which is not as unequivocal as the above two paragraphs) is that if this condition was not drawn to your attention prior to acceptance of the contract, they would be in breach of contract by not fulfilling their end of the agreement; ie to allow you to consume your food in peace. This is of course, merely for academic argument and it is not likely this will become an issue in real life as most pple will guai guai stop taking photos and then consume their food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waileong View Post
    Vince,

    Your responses are too academic. People are looking to blow off steam here, that's all. Not to seek detailed advice! Not that your advice is incorrect, of course.
    if his response is not academic he's not vince

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    Quote Originally Posted by waileong View Post
    Vince,

    Your responses are too academic. People are looking to blow off steam here, that's all. Not to seek detailed advice! Not that your advice is incorrect, of course.
    advice is free after all. no harm done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhangyb View Post
    Just dined at Aji by Hanabi at Vivocity for their buffet and seeing that the food looked pretty nice, I took photos of their food using a handphone, somehow they didnt stop us initially but towards the end, a guy in suit (presumably their floor manager? no name tags so can't identify man) walked up to us and told us that its actually illegal to take pictures of the food (in his exact words). Is this true?
    It is good to ask before you take any photo you are in their premises.

    Not to sure whether it is illegal..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vince123123 View Post
    The clear unequivocal position in law is that it is not illegal to take photographs in the situation that you have described - illegal meaning commission of a criminal offence, or even for that matter, stretching it even to apply to civil liability.

    However, given that you are on their premises, they are able to stop you from taking photos and if you continue from that point forward, they do have the right to ask you to leave, failing which you could be guilty of criminal trespass. Note however that they do not have any remedies for photographs already taken nor the right to demand that you surrender or delete any photographs.

    The sticky situation then arises if you are halfway into or just starting the meal - do they have the right to ask you to leave. My view (which is not as unequivocal as the above two paragraphs) is that if this condition was not drawn to your attention prior to acceptance of the contract, they would be in breach of contract by not fulfilling their end of the agreement; ie to allow you to consume your food in peace. This is of course, merely for academic argument and it is not likely this will become an issue in real life as most pple will guai guai stop taking photos and then consume their food.
    '... commission of a criminal offence' would you like to elaborate

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    Hmm, the tone of the first post doesn't seem like a blow off steam post, but he asked a direct question of whether "this is true?". I thought I'll share what I know .


    Quote Originally Posted by waileong View Post
    Vince,

    Your responses are too academic. People are looking to blow off steam here, that's all. Not to seek detailed advice! Not that your advice is incorrect, of course.

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    Default Re: Taking photos of food in restaurant illegal?

    Strictly speaking, the term "illegal" is used to mean that the act, if committed, would render the person liable for a criminal offence (e.g. theft, trespass etc).

    However, there are others who use the term "illegal" loosely to also denote liability for a civil claim. For example: "It is illegal not to deliver the goods after you had signed a contract to provide them".

    I was trying to draw a distinction between the two in regard to the level of confidence I have that the act was not illegal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Yappy View Post
    '... commission of a criminal offence' would you like to elaborate

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    Imagine there is a coordinated effort to actually go down to these places as a group of let's say 20 photographers...each sitting individually, then we all start shooting food photos when it arrives, all together, wonder how would the manager react...just a funny thot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonicboom View Post
    Imagine there is a coordinated effort to actually go down to these places as a group of let's say 20 photographers...each sitting individually, then we all start shooting food photos when it arrives, all together, wonder how would the manager react...just a funny thot
    He will then provide a free meal for all of them and asked them for their photos so he can use it later. No need to hire an expensive photographer.

    Or maybe he will make it like a competition.....whoever has the best food photos will be entitled to lifetime discount.......keke

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