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Is Posting Restaurant Pics Actionable

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#151 wesza

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Posted 08 January 2006 - 03:29 AM

(1) The customer eating at a Restaurant is purchasing his serving of the food posted on the menu at the price it is offered.

(2) After the food is served or delivered to the customer he may do whatever he wishes to do with his food, eating it is a option, as is boxing it or taking it with him when he leaves the premises.

(3) Unless the Restaurant clearly states on their menu or posts where it is easily seen that "NO FOOD MAY BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITHOUT PERMISSION" there is no legal violation incurred, but a warning may be given with the following resolution if ignored.

Without this being posted a Restaurant can request that you do not take photos of your dishes. If you object, they may have a option of removing them from the table and asking the customer nicely to leave the premises, without charging the customer for anything he was not allowed to finish before being asked to leave the premises. In certain circumstances the Restaurant may be libel toward the customers since it wasn't clearly stated on the menu or premises under local laws. I doubt they have any legal rights to confiscate your camera or request your film as it's your private property, only to ask you to leave willingly.

I operated a Restaurant where we welcomed customers to enjoy our services and meals but never allowed any menus to be removed by patrons. We made sure to check before doing this that menus are our private property.

Taking Photos, using Cell Phones or any other activities are easily avoided by business simply advising that this is not permitted anywhere in your premise, but even then I'm not sure that without a warning it can be a copyright or legal liability. I heard that it's questionable that taking photo's without any flash attachments are often not easy to prove that they violated the purpose intended in public gatherings.

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#152 SobaAddict70

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 09:20 AM

He had all sorts of rules, two of which I remember.  Only one guest at a table could order a chicken dish and no two guests could order the same entree.

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You're making this up. :blink: :blink: :blink:

#153 Holly Moore

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 11:09 AM

Nope. The curiosity side of me appreciates these rules. My hospitality side shudders.
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#154 monavano

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 01:00 PM

Oh, this is good in a bad sort of way :wink:


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Posted 10 January 2006 - 01:13 PM

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#156 rose_ayn

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 01:16 PM

Oh, this is good in a bad sort of way :wink:


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My first reaction is I hope "Chris" tipped very well for the stress he put the servers through. Whatever Greenwood's issues, it wasn't quite fair to do that do a decent staff.

Reading through some of the comments attributed to Greenwood via her staff I'm stunned. The quote that got me is "food is for eating, not presentation." Okay, then. If she doesn't care how the food looks leaving the kitchen then why would she care if people take pictures of it? Yeah, I know that's a simplistic view but it's mine and I'm sticking to it.

#157 My Confusing Horoscope

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 01:58 PM

If the chef's entree was copyrighted, did I bring new meaning to the term "derivative work" when I digested it? :unsure:
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#158 bigred93

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 02:28 PM

Oh, this is good in a bad sort of way :wink:


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Very funny... Turnabout is fair play! I do feel bad that they had to eat a nice steak well done to try and prove a point...

#159 Rebecca263

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 06:52 PM

I wonder what any chef would say if I ordered my steak raw? :raz:
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#160 Dryden

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Posted 11 January 2006 - 03:34 PM

If they're not equipped to do tartare, probably get you to sign a waiver when you come down with listeria...
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