2001-06-09 / Letters

Kid Pix

Kid Pix

Dear Editor,

Under the direction of Dayton Beach management and the Board of Directors, security guards are now armed with Polaroid cameras and instructed to photograph resident’s children when seen on the property.

Without my knowledge or consent, my children, along with other children residing at Dayton Beach Park, are being photographed by security guards with instant cameras supplied to them by the Board of Directors.

This outrageous practice began within the past week and a half when security received a memo with their paychecks instructing them to use the cameras to photograph children. The memos came from the Board of Directors, which hires the security company.

Following the directives of their employers, security guards began their surprise attack on the children.

My first reaction was to call the acting manager, Samuel Marcus to question management’s awareness of what I believe to be a violation of my rights and my children’s privacy. It is an illegal act against minors.

He told me that the board discussed the matter and that he was pretty sure it was legal for adult strangers to photograph minor children without the parent’s consent or knowledge.

My next reaction was to purchase my own camera and ask the security guards if I could arbitrarily photograph them. When I did that they told me that they were just doing their jobs. They would not allow me to photograph them.

After I confronted them, I asked them to report my dissatisfaction to their supervisors.

Shortly thereafter, the cameras disappeared.

For the past 35 years, Dayton Beach Park has only accommodated senior citizens and childless couples and a handful of spinsters, most of whom are on the Board of Directors. Perhaps now we will all be able to enjoy our homes.


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