Apparently I Raise Red Flags

Pretty Stuff at the BartHere’s a nice topical story for a Friday the 13th and a week of lame. It all started two days ago when I finished up with my Croatian class at Berkeley and headed down to the Bart to take my trusty blue and silver steed back to the City.
As is often the case with the Bart, somewhere, someone sneezed and it tossed the whole system in to a delay. Naturally, my first reaction was, “Awesome…” Being bored and having my camera on me as I always do, I started to take random pictures of whatever was around and trying to do artistic things while I waited.
Just as I was starting to pack it up since me train was getting there, a Bart Cop walks up to me and asks,
“Excuse me, what are you doing?”
“Uh… waiting for a train.”
“Well, you know why I’m asking you, right?”
Because I’m a 6’3″ white guy with an American Apparel sweater on who is obviously up to no good while he waits for a train to SF?
“No, not really.”
“Well, you were taking some photos, right?”
“Yeah. So?”
“Do you mind if I take a look at what you shot?”
Yeah I do actually because that constitutes an illegal search without a warrant and unless you actually suspect me of doing something nefarious and want to arrest me, fuck off.
“I guess so, sure.”
I reached in to my bag slowly and pulled my camera back out, flipping through the shots that I took.
“Oh, okay, so they’re just pretty stuff?”
Some would venture to call it an artform assnard
“Yeah, pretty much.”
“Okay. You realize why I was asking, right?”
“No, I don’t.”
“Oh, well, it just raises red flags.”
The last I checked, your preferential crap system didn’t profile white guys who are clearly leaving a college class as being a terrorist, but hey, what do I know, I just do “pretty stuff”.
“Uh, sure, I guess.”
“Okay, glad you understand.”
To be honest, I knew what he was getting at all along. My brother was a skateboarder and had to deal with crap from the popo for years. I just find it sad that our current state of society has gotten to the point where someone taking pictures is suspicious. I mean seriously, I’ve got $2000 of camera and lenses and I’m going to take strategic photos of the effin’ Downtown Berkeley Bart station?!! These guys have or have not watched too much Mission Impossible and James Bond. If someone was going to be sneaky, they’d use a camera phone or something small like that, not a Canon Digital Rebel XT with eight inches of glass off the front of it. Let’s all just sit back a moment and remember that the 9/11 terrorists used boxcutters and the overall idiocy of America to pull off their hell. That’s what we need to “never forget”. And it appears I will return to my guerilla photography again…