Woman Argues that a Men’s Restroom is a “Public Space”, Gets Arrested

Update: We hear that all charges against Rhonda Hollander have been dropped after a judge found the testimony “not credible.”

In the United States, anyone can be photographed in most public places without their consent… as long as they don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy. A female traffic magistrate named Rhonda Hollander was arrested last week after following a man into a courthouse bathroom and photographing him as he used the urinal.

When Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Darlene Harden confronted Hollander a short time later, the magistrate admitted taking a picture but refused to turn over her phone, arguing that it was a public restroom and she was not violating any laws, according to the report. [#]

Other places where people have an expectation of privacy include homes, dressing rooms, medical facilities, and phone booths. Basically, it helps to have some common sense.

(via SunSentinel via Pixiq)

P.S. You can find a list of photographers’ rights in the US here. The text is printed on the gray card set we sell through our store.

  • HappyTinfoil Cat

    She was confusing ‘pubic area’ for ‘public area’.

    Did she wrap barbed wire around her neck and pull it off quickly?

  • Bella

    I wonder the backstory for this one.  And I didn’t know that phone booths were considered  places that someone can’t photograph, well, I guess those don’t exist much anymore.

    Also, I assumed cameras aren’t allowed in courtrooms.

  • Tatyana Skymyrka

    hey, where’s the whole “Photography is not a crime” crowd?
    chirp… chirp… chirp…

  • Tatyana Skymyrka

    hey, where’s the whole “Photography is not a crime” crowd?
    chirp… chirp… chirp…

  • Χρυσάνθη Λυκούση

    People don’t have an expectation of privacy inside their home if they leave their window open, everyone can take a picture of someone visible through a window, just like everyone can take a picture of the exterior of their homes.

  • Ken Elliott

    As a traffic magistrate, I guess she’s a member of the “blue line club” so it makes sense that the judge would find testimony “not credible.” I wonder if she thinks it’s OK for a guy to follow her into the lady’s restroom and photograph her? Would she demand the photo be placed in evidence? Something smells rotten here.