Creepers at the beach.

Tara - posted on 07/01/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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So I just got a message from a friend asking for my advice.
This is the scenario.
She was at the beach yesterday with her 2 girls and one of their friends, girls are 7, 12 and 11.
They were swimming and playing in the sand etc. with some other kids. There was a guy there sitting on a beach chair taking pictures of the scenery, and of the kids.(all girls).
My friend thought he was the other kids' dad. But when they left with their mom (who was sitting near this guy) he stayed. And kept taking the odd picture of what she thinks were her kids.
She said she started to feel uncomfortable because he looked like he was watching them through his camera lens.
She went up to him and asked him if he was taking pics of her kids and if he was she wanted him to stop right away.
His reply?
I'm taking pictures of stuff, your kids are in the way, so they might be in the pics, so what are you going to do?
And then he got his stuff and walked away.
She is freaking out!
I told her there isn't anything she can do.
In this day and age of cell phones, digital cameras, etc. etc. what can a parent do when someone is taking pictures in a public place?

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Dana - posted on 07/01/2011

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You know, I think I might have called the police (with my suspicions, prior to approaching the man) and see if they could get a look at his photos...

Jenni - posted on 07/01/2011

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Or have your own camera or phone handy and take pictures of him. :/ See how he likes the shoe on the other foot.

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Stifler's - posted on 07/01/2011

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start taking photos of him then tell him he's in the way of the scenery if he asks you to stop. otherwise, nothing. it's a public place.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 07/01/2011

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Great idea, taking his picture right back. Then absolutely great idea going to the police station with it. What an ass.

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I would of asked to see the pictures.If he was not taking them of your kids he would have no prob showing you them.To reassure you he was not taking pictures of your kids in that manner.
This happened at a park.A man was saying he came in to the park to go to the top of slide to take a scenery pic of the rest of the park.The mom asked to see the picture.He refused, she rang the police and he was eventually caught.He was in fact taking pictures of the children.Now no cameras etc are allowed in the park.

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I agree with Jennifer. I would take out my camera and blatantly take picures of the guy. Then I would take the pictures to the police department (to make sure he's not a registered offender) an file a complaint about him. Even if the police can't do anything, having a complaint on file will help you if the guy shows up again (enough complaints about this and the police will have to at least try to find him to go talk to him).

I would also make up flyers with the guy's picture and post them around the beach so other others can keep an eye out for him (not littering, just on any bulletin boards at the beach or whatever you have there).

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I don't have an answer for you, but I appreciate you posting this! I would have never given a person with a camera a second thought. It is awful that our kids aren't safe. I agree with Jennifer, I would have got my cell phone out and taken his pic and told him a thing or two!!!

Kate CP - posted on 07/01/2011

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I would have been pissed. But yea, not much she could do...unless she wanted to get arrested for assault. :/

Jackie - posted on 07/01/2011

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There really isn't anything more to do than what she already did and that was approach the situation (which isn't always the nest idea either, the guy could have been a total sociopath). If you are in public, then there are no laws saying you cannot take pictures. Sad but true

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I agree with Caitlin, all you can do is be vigilant and make sure he doesn't approach the kids and that they are as covered up as is realistically possible.

Elfrieda - posted on 07/01/2011

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That's horrible. What a creep. But yeah, I don't think there's anything she can do, besides chase him away, which is what she did.

Caitlin - posted on 07/01/2011

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Some places say that pictures are not allowed, but I doubt that would be at the beach, I know public pools around here wont let you for obvious reasons. There's not much you can do really in a public place, unless he's obviously being predatorial, make sure your kids are wearing as much clothing as is appropriate (I like the swim suits that are t-shirts and boy shorts for that reason, there's not much to look at, and less sunburn to worry about, but that really only works with younger kids. With older kids, you could suggest a t-shirt for the "sun" to keep them covered up f they aren't IN the water, but other that that, I don't think there is much to do. Unless he is approaching the kids, the cops wont even do much about it unless he's a registered sex offender...

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