We’ve learned that we’re not allowed to take pictures in Burger King.
And now we’re learning that we are allowed to take pictures in McDonald’s.
Not that it won’t get you assaulted.
An American woman traveling in Paris last year said a McDonald’s employee assaulted her after she photographed the menu behind the counter.
Penny Sheldon of Idaho tells travel writer Christopher Elliott the following:
My husband and I were visiting Paris last spring. We saw a McDonald’s and wanted to take a picture of the menu board to show my six-year-old grandson. I knew he’d get a kick out of seeing how different it appeared from a McDonald’s in the United States.
I went directly to the counter and took a picture of the menu board and turned around to leave. A woman behind the counter said something in French which I didn’t understand. Assuming she asked me if I wanted to order something I acknowledged her by saying, “Non, merci.”
As I reached the door this same woman was right be hind me yelling and screaming in French. She grabbed me by my arm and jacket and threw my back against the open door, all the while grabbing at different parts of my coat with one hand and pinning me there with another. Within seconds another woman appeared at the scene and put her arm across my chest.
According to Elliott, French law permit public photography but requires the subject to give consent before the photo is published.
He also learned that McDonald’s does allow people to photograph their menus, unlike their main competitor.
However, Photography is Not a Crime reader PeaceableGuy contacted Burger King’s corporate office and learned there is no official policy banning photography at its restaurants, according to this comment.
The information received by calling BK corporate at (305) 378-3535 is that such “no videotaping or photography permitted” is NOT a corporate-level policy.
It was suggested that the policy was store-level (though based on the official-looking quality of the sign, I suspect there’s a bit more to it than that – perhaps a corporate-level policy *option*), and that the specific store in question is the proper venue to find further information about said policy.