Here's one for you -
One of my friends got me into a project called "Flat Stanley." It's a program usually offered by public libraries for young (6-10yrs old) under-privilege children. What they do is color in a "Flat Stan" (coloring book sytle) and send it to a pen-pal somewhere else in the country. That pen-pal then takes the child's Flat Stan out to notable sites in their community and takes a picture of Flat Stan as if he was vacationing. The Pen Pal then sends the pictures back so the child can see different areas of the country that they would otherwise not be able too. Neat program. You could Photoshop them in, but that is not the intended manner and as I am sort of new in the area, and my friend has been here for 20 years, I thought it would be a great chance to at least say I have been to "the sites."
I almost got arrested.
Went to a large art gallery in town that has an permanent outdoor exhibit that is directed at children. Perfect right? So with a D300 with grip and a couple of lenses in tow, we walk on the grounds, snap two photos and the entire staff followed by two squad cars are heading right at us. Long story short, all ended fine, they thought it was a great program and the only reason all of this happened to us, was the way my camera looked - pro looking thing.
Found out talking to them, (the art center is a public privately funded org, that does sell posters of the art hanging and an income stream) that pros (photo & video) in the area (wedding, senior, family, corporate, etc.) come onto their site, take areas over, plug into their power, set lighting up on the sculpture work, and take photos. One had recently dumped bubble bath mix into their fountains for a bride to walk into the fountain with bubbles that took 7 days to flush out and killed a neighboring Koi pond off at a cost of $7,000. NONE with any prior permission or even asked permission when they showed up. At times they would even walk straight into the gallery as if they owned the place take over areas and stairwells and tell other visitors to leave the areas.
45 times within 6 months they caught people including multiple fine art photographers who were selling prints of their images of the artwork that directly competed with the art gallery's sales. I was absolutely floored that any photographer would think that would be appropriate to make money off of their site or to just show up and not check with them. The stories of the things this year alone just blew me away.
Again, this is not a Government/city/state owned site. It as gates and you pay admission "donations" ($1 or purchase a poster calender, etc.) to go through the gallery. Kicker is, you can rent the site for $50 an hour for photo sessions which they will shut the place down for you (max 2-3 hours depending on time, etc.) as well.
Now I have had my own run-ins with idiot guards, police, etc. on really dumb stuff like shopping malls decor, street shooting etc. but this was one of the first times I have actually heard what some places have to deal with, and thought the lost 30 mins was justified.
As I said everything turned out fine and I learned something - so it was a good day.