Originally Posted by 1fish2fish
Not illegal.. they have no legal ground, all they can ask is not to take pictures and possibly to leave the store. IME most aren't going to say anything. The company can make a restriction about cameras but without displaying signage saying no pictures allowed they really can't say anything besides put the camera away.
Most places don't want people taking pictures because its used for people who steal stuff. Generally if you say I'm taking a picture of this fish to show my mom, boyfriend, etc they'll have no issue with it.
Some places can fine you for it, and in clothing/fashion stores they are especially strict about it, I know some people who where chased by security for taking photos, luckily they got away because the security was going to make them delete all the photos. There is a nice shopping area called Santana Row, and I like going there to photograph the Mazaradi's and Bentley they have on display and the giant chess board, but stopped because my friend almost had her camera confiscated and was chased by the security and also a cop because they also
where going to delete all her photos. and deleting your photos is wrong, since they now belong to whoever took them. One of my classmates climbed to the very top of city hall and got arrested because he wanted the higher view for a photo, and when they where going to delete his photo he complained a lot and explained why they couldn't, and when the sherrif arrived he said it was fine, the photo belongs to him and let him leave.