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Man Threatened, Arrested For Taking Picture Of Open ATM In Public

Despite the fact that this photo was snapped in broad daylight in a busy Seattle REI store, Shane Becker was threatened by fake cops and arrested by real ones.

One of the Loomis & Fargo guards servicing the public ATM threatened to tackle Becker if he tried to leave the store—apparently snapping a photo of the inside of one of these machines constitutes a security threat (although detailed images and data can be found easily online). In fact, one of the arresting officers even pulled the 9/11 card:

Officer Debra Pelich (#5976)
Remember 9/11? I saw pictures of those buildings. One time when I was in Florida I was wandering around taking pictures. A security team came up and told me it was a high security restricted area. I wasn't supposed to be taking pictures there. I explained that I didn't know that, was a police officer, showed them my ID and complied with them. We cl


Added: May-13-2009 Occurred On: May-12-2009
By: wet501
Tags: ATM, arrest, photo, photography, phone, picture, homeland security, 9/11, laws, freedom, public, Loomis & Fargo, REI
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States (load item map)
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