Taking a walk in Orwellian Silver Spring, Maryland
We took about five steps off of the sidewalk into the Silver Spring Fire Department parking lot to snap the photo of the window. MFM had just taken one photo when a woman's voice startled us with a "Can I help you?"
"No, we're just taking a photo, thanks," we replied.
We had only been off the sidewalk for thirty seconds when the woman came over. She was wearing a red polo shirt with the official Silver Spring logo on it. Where had she come from so fast?
Then she told us, "Well, you have to leave, this is county property. You can't be on county property."
We stepped back onto the sidewalk and walked away. MFM turned around about two minutes later and the woman was still watching us.
What is it with Orwellian Silver Spring? It seems like any time you try to take a photo in this place, someone appears magically and tells you you either can't take a photo or you can't stand where you're standing. And I would hardly call standing several feet off a public sidewalk onto county property to take a simple photograph of a non-county building (in broad daylight on a sunny Sunday afternoon) a crime. I've never been so worried to take photos.