Shott On Location: Sneaking Snapshots Of Photo-Phobic Popeye's

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With TV crews recently fueling the whole rat frenzy by filming rodent activity through storefront windows, at least one Manhattan fast-food operator has apparently adopted a strategy that might dissuade potentially restaurant-shuttering sidewalk photography.

A sign posted on the door at Popeye's at 47 West 14th Street warns:

"It is Popeyes' company policy that there will be no filming or photography on property without prior arrangement through the Popeyes Communications Department. You can move across the street to film, but I am unable to allow you to film on the property at this time."

The sign further provides contact info for company flacks.

A call to Popeye's headquarters, however, revealed on Thursday that the company has no such policy.

"We corporately have a policy that there's no filming inside the restaurant due to competitive reasons," said Popeyes spokesperson Alicia Thompson--but external shots, she added, are not prohibited.

"That is maybe something the franchisee has made a call about," Ms. Thompson said of the store's local ownership, Rooster King Corp.

A manager on duty claimed no knowledge of why the signage demanded camera-equipped spectators to "move across the street." He said the sign had been up for many months. (He declined to provide contact info for Rooster King Corp.)

"It's a public sidewalk," he said. "I'm sure you can do a lot of things on it."

 

Shott On Location: Sneaking Snapshots Of Photo-Phobic Popeye's