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State worker apologizes for photographing cars

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 21, 2014

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> Early one morning my daughter was in her car in the Ewa District Court parking lot, waiting to pick up some forms. A woman came up, took her photo and photos of her car and several other cars in the lot, then walked into the court building. I went to Ewa District Court to ask why the woman took my daughter's picture while she was parked in a public lot. She pulled out her cellphone and said, &quot;Which car was she in?&quot; The sheriff came out and got involved. I asked for the woman's supervisor, who listened to my complaint and apologized for her employee's behavior and said that they have been having problems with people parking in the lot and jumping on the bus. I said that has nothing to do with my daughter and that it was a violation of her rights and privacy. I looked for any signs stating that parking in the lot was limited or my daughter was in violation. I could not find any. What gives a &quot;clerk&quot; the right to take pictures of customers in the parking lot, then to send a letter of violation? This practice should stop.</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> The unauthorized practice has stopped.</p>
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Question: Early one morning my daughter was in her car in the Ewa District Court parking lot, waiting to pick up some forms. A woman came up, took her photo and photos of her car and several other cars in the lot, then walked into the court building. I went to Ewa District Court to ask why the woman took my daughter's picture while she was parked in a public lot. She pulled out her cellphone and said, "Which car was she in?" The sheriff came out and got involved. I asked for the woman's supervisor, who listened to my complaint and apologized for her employee's behavior and said that they have been having problems with people parking in the lot and jumping on the bus. I said that has nothing to do with my daughter and that it was a violation of her rights and privacy. I looked for any signs stating that parking in the lot was limited or my daughter was in violation. I could not find any. What gives a "clerk" the right to take pictures of customers in the parking lot, then to send a letter of violation? This practice should stop.

Answer: The unauthorized practice has stopped. Login for more...



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