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What a Noob!

Today, my husband and I had the misfortune to pass a car on the way to work. We were sitting on the , in front of us were an Oriental lady, her son and a woman I think was probably her mother. They were conversing in their own language, but the son, aged around ten, we think, was able to speak good English.

As we passed the accident, both mother and grandma pulled out cameras and started to take photos or maybe video, I couldn't see. Of course, this being the UK, we did not suffer the indignity of being pulled over and told off by any of the many officers around the crash site. I can't help but wonder whether we would have been so lucky in some other countries, especially given the prevailing attitude to those people who feel it is necessary to record every moment of their lives these days.

There are a few places in the UK where and capture is banned but not many. Hospitals, job centres and courts of law have rules to prevent unauthorised photography and video. Naturally, it is an offence to put a serving police officer, member of the armed forces or any other security service personnel in danger by publishing a recognisable photograph of them in a place which may be accessible to anyone plotting terrorist acts (so basically, no photos on social media of any ilk). Taking a photograph or video of them in itself is not , it's merely where the work ends up which can land someone in hot water.

However, I would have thought that common sense and average powers of judgement would have decreed that it was not a good move to be recording the aftermath of a car accident, no matter whether anyone was injured or not.

What do you think? I counted us lucky to get away without further trouble from this behavior, although others' views may differ.

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k2705 wrote on January 10, 2015, 3:14 AM

I can't understand why they would want to take a picture of an accident like that.

MegL wrote on January 10, 2015, 3:15 AM

A lot of people photograph those kinds of incident, these days.

celticeagle wrote on January 10, 2015, 2:12 PM

People are so morbid now days. Anything shocking and out of the norm is so exciting to some. I just don't get it.

AliCanary wrote on January 10, 2015, 4:35 PM

I think it's completely tasteless and tacky at best, amoral and sociopathic at worst. Someone's tragic misfortune is not a tourist attraction.

phoenixmaid wrote on January 10, 2015, 5:18 PM

I think it's terribly insensitive of them to film something like this. I wouldn't have been able to keep my mouth shut.

GemOfAGirl wrote on January 15, 2015, 11:48 AM

I've been known to take pictures of the damage of accidents that I've been involved in, mainly for potential legal purposes. In fact, I was a passenger in a car that got hit by another car a couple of months ago. The driver of the other car didn't want to report it to the insurance company or make a police report of any kind. Having been involved in something similar when I was in my 20s, where the guy didn't want to report the accident, and then he later claimed it never happened, I've learned to protect myself. I gave the pictures to my friend that was driving the car that I was in, and sure enough, the driver of the insurance company of the guy who was driving the other car tried to weasel their way out of paying for the repairs. The pictures ensured that the damage to my friend's car got paid for by the other guy's insurance.

That said, however, it's beyond me why anyone would want to document something like when they weren't personally involved in it and when it serves no legal purpose. I would think that they'd prefer the more positive aspects of their outing.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:37 AM

Taking pictures of your own car accident for legal proof is not a problem, I don't think. My family has many pictures of various crumpled and crashed cars from the years. But taking photos of an accident you happen to be passing on the road? That is borderline illegal and definitely not cool. Smartphones are great for showing damage in the kind of case you mention (and I've done the same too, as well as snapping a record of the registration plate of the guilty party who hit me) but I'd not snap the aftermath of an accident just because...

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:40 AM

Me neither. And if it appeared on FB or other social media, how embarrasssing for the people involved? Because some of these snappers do not think to obscure the registration plate, and car sales/potential buyers/insurance agencies routinely run an online search for the registration plate these days.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:41 AM

Can't rhink why though, unless they're truly morbid. The 'document everything' generation has a lot to answer for.

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:42 AM

Is it something to do with the 'always on' generation, do you think? Have to have something to post to FB or other social site?

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:44 AM

Exactly. Doesn't seem like Madam Tourist thought that way though. I was truly embarrassed, and only JUST kept my mouth shut; something along the lines of 'inappropriate!' bubbling just unsaid. Not that she would have understood it...

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 1:44 AM

Only the fact that they were unlikely to have understood me stopped me from the same idea, trust me.

MegL wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:41 AM

My sister was a teacher some years ago and went to stop a fight in the playground but got knocked to the ground herself by accident. That was filmed, as was the fight which had been pre-arranged!

WordChazer wrote on January 16, 2015, 3:19 AM

Oh no! Now that is beyond stupid and verging on criminal.