My Point is immediate action works best for me,and my clients in
similar situations.I carry all the materials possible rather than
walking into a situation like a raving lunatic.It is clear I have
business, if i have paperwork in tow.and conversely if someone walked
into my shop with some documents, papers, whatever and asked to speak
with me, I would be quite curious as to the paper's content and
therfore would embrace reading it...why I'm explaining this to you I
have no idea..
Where I live businesses Are regulated against offering the same
goods and or services within 50 feet of another offering the exact
same thing..city council-,and chamber -of-commerce members...not my
rule(s)- glad to have them in place..why I'm explaining this to
you..escapes me also..
Photographing work is illegal in most cases if the designs are owned
by the jeweler/metalsmith..period..intellectual property and
copyright laws are the individuals responsibility to handle...not
mine..but if they have exercised due diligence then they have a cause
for action..non-confrontation gets work copied and sold cheaper than
the person inventing the design, etc..-fact..
Police escorts cost money where I live-but i like the other poster's
solution of reporting that the place is being cased better as then
there is no outlay expected and the police have to respond to the
allegation of the store being set for a robbery
I meant non-competition forms.(thought i said that).and I can be
quite convincing -in a very calm and objective way- that the Owner
signing such a document protects us both-however walking in with an
escort outside and visible is more bent towards leveraging that owner
to put a stop to employees of theirs photographing anything in my,
imagined in this case,shop. I would not have it,period unless they
had a legitimate press pass and an appointment.... I do business in a
very business like manner and don't take BS from anyone if it affects
my income or my employees, or my properties..that's my
decision..Further,I'm well aware of all laws pertaining to the
business of jewelry making and selling, etc.and choose to hold
competitors within 50 feet of my establishment accountable for their
infringing on my rights,etc.
And in the case of their employees signing non-disclosure documents.
I would give them all a choice -owners and employees, now in the same
,imagined,space, to either sign the form that states they will not
disclose or release photographs of my copyrighted
designs, marketing plan, security system, and whatever else I -and
hopefully- a witness or two,saw them photographing without my
express permission....OR..they could simply expose the film in my
presence..the choice is for the owners and employees to make.Mine is
to exercise due diligence in offering them options as to how they
would prefer to deal with the incident..no screaming, no yelling,
just facts.I don't even care why they were photographing what they
were photographing..just that it occurred.
While you may see it as a recipe for disaster, I see it as a recipe
ultimately-for no future problems.I would not walk in With the
police, as you presumed, but with them outside as an escort- I
believe the photographers did something wrong- you may not- I would
think police presence would push the point home that I'm not dicking
around..HOWEVER, i still like the idea of reporting the incident and
having the PD follow up on that report Before I walk in with
non-competition forms as insurance that they will never send
photographers in again..
As for intimidation...Hmm, I feel that sneaking in a store and
infringing on someones rights to personal security, copyright,
artistic and /or intellectual property, etc. and having no intention
to purchase anything yet would sue me if that employee,say fell into
a glass case increases my liability as well and that is intimidation
enough for me to put an immediate end to any of it..
Resent it..No..I would Never engage in something I knew was
unethical, in poor taste at least, and against the grain of
artisan-ship in general and compounded by sending probable
minors./none the less their employees into a store to photograph any
other's work is not only ridiculous -as I have plenty of design ideas
in my head,, inappropriate,and I would be more than happy to have
every detail of dealings with a competitor across the street selling
exactly the same things as I clarified on paper so that both parties
are on the same proverbial page...
Police as I understand them and have experienced them ( my father
being a former civil court judge) are exactly about civil unrest,
and protecting and serving the citizenry of a given place...and
police do expect a 'tip' if not an advertised charge for services
rendered ..like police escorts to funerals,
airports,parades,immediate calls,etc..where I come from...
So, once again, everyone's experiences are different. I have had a
number of quite successful businesses, and more clients in a
consulting capacity than I care to mention..not one failed in
business, nor asked for a refund, nor had any litigious matters go
to court that i'm aware of...
and I personally do not wage war, but believe that truth..is molten
enough on its own, and objective discussions usually end conflict
before it starts, and paper is mighty strong stuff....that lends a
crystalline quality to communications or negotiations.
Because you may be intimidated at the sight of a business owner
walking into your store with a folio of papers in hand does not
guarantee that it is intended to be a negative event. Those are
exactly the presumptions that beget discord...I do not advocate
violence, but do, most definitively, advocate clear communications.
Fear not... make jewelry..(and protect your interests if you rely on
them to support you, or an household of people).
And finally I don't have the authority, or the need to pardon anyone
for expressing their opinions or what they believe to be true. That
is why this is a Forum..everyone has equal input and access in
recommending things to anonymous people on a machine that ask things
of us as jewelers,artisans and/or business people...otherwise known
as the Orchid community.