Videotaping a group of Verizon employees protesting outside their store in Massachusetts seemed like the natural thing to do for photography student Anthony Tulliani this afternoon.
After all, people exercising their right to demonstrate usually want to get their message across to as many people as possible.
Especially when it comes to an issue as important as job benefits. And especially when nobody else seemed to be paying attention.
But in less than five minutes, Tulliani created such a hysteria with his Android that he ended up just walking away – but not before letting them know he was well aware of his rights to record them.
First, he was approached by an Everett police officer overseeing the demonstration who stated that he did not want to be recorded – which, of course, assured that he would be recorded.
“You’re not my family member, you’re not my friend, I don’t want my picture taken,” the officer, who is pictured above, tells Tulliani.
Tulliani reminds the officer that he did have the right to videotape him, but didn’t push the matter because the cop wasn’t the main subject of the video.
Then three protesters walk up to Tulliani with their own phones and begin recording him, which comes across as very defensive and retaliatory, especially since they stuck their phones directly in his face.
And then a woman driving by scolds Tulliani for videotaping the protesters, telling him, “you should really just leave them alone.”
And finally, one of the protesters asks him to “shut that thing off so I can talk to you.”
Tulliani, a 21-year-old student at the New England Institute of Art in Boston who recently launched a blog about photographers’ rights, walks up to the man, refusing to turn off the camera.
“We didn’t know what you were up to,” the man tells Tulliani.
After more back and forth with Tulliani telling the man he runs a blog where he reports on local news and the man telling him “we don’t know who you are,” the man finally breaks down and explains their beef with Verizon.
“We’re on strike against Verizon and we’re just informing the public right now about Verizon,” the man states.
If that’s how they inform the public, I would hate to see how they act when trying to keep something a secret.