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Pahoa Post Office Calls Police On Me For Taking Pictures… Worst Post Office in America

I went to the Pahoa post office this morning and I got a bit more then I bargained for.

pahoaetc-047I have heard much about the ADA compliancy issues of the Post Office and I wanted to take some pictures of the building.  I was taking some pictures such as this one of the ramp.

Handicap Ramp

Handicap Ramp

And these ones of the handicap parking stall.

Handicap Stall w/ Garbage Pile

Handicap Stall w/ Garbage Pile

Different Angle of Handicap Stall

Different Angle of Handicap Stall

You just have to love the One Way sign that is covered in dirt and bent up.

Which Way?

Which Way?

The entrance of the Post Office often get’s backed up onto the main street of Pahoa making cars stop on the main street, because of the poor location of the mailbox drop box.

Poor Location of Mailbox Drop Box

Poor Location of Mailbox Drop Box

The parking lot is so small, that often times people have to wait in their cars for a stall to open up.

Waiting for a stall as more cars back up behind me

Waiting for a stall as more cars back up behind me

The postal employees themselves have to park on the grass above the parking area because the lot is so small.

Employee Parking

Employee Parking

The driveway in/out is sloped at such an angle that many cars scrape on the pavement just trying to get in and out of the place.

Steep Entrance

Steep Entrance

I was on my way out to my car, when this guy comes running up to me…

“Brah… what you doing?” He says

“Taking Pictures of the Post Office” I say

“Brah… This one Federal Building… that’s against the Law… Stick around… I’m calling the cops!”

The guy goes in and calls the cops on me.  I’m thinking how friggin ridiculous…but ok… let’s see what the cops say.

So I stick around and as the cops arriving, I take a picture of them arriving.

Lady cop: “What you taking a picture of me for… that’s harassment you know?”

I’m like what?  Since when is taking a picture of a Police officer or a building considered Harassment…

Officer… I’ve asked you not to take my picture and you took it….

I’m like… I took the picture before you even got out of your car and said a word…

Officer…”ERASE THAT PICTURE NOW!”

So I show the lady officer (J. Lee) the picture that I took of her and then showed her that I deleted it… Just to appease her.

I then ask if she would like to see any of the pictures of the Post Office… she refuses.

Then she asks Postal Guy if they want to press Trespassing charges against me… Post Office guy says no… that’s ok… just don’t ever take pictures here again.

So my question to anyone and everyone… Is there anything illegal about taking pictures of a Post Office?

Who was Harassed?  The Post Office… or Me?

Since when did taking pictures of outside of buildings and/or police officers become “harassment?”

Sheesh… to think I was only there to drop off a package… Is it my fault I always carry my camera?

Heck… Tiffany… You better erase those pictures you took inside of the Post Office for gods sake before the Goonsquad comes after you!

Just kidding.

I can’t believe this Post Office.  Maybe it is time to file a federal ADA Suit against them!

14 Responses

  1. Interesting, indeed. Wow, I thought I read that it’s actually them harassing you if they demand that you delete the photo.

    • That’s pretty much how I felt at the time.

      Some suggested I file a formal complaint.

      I didn’t and I’m not that type of person.

      This happened the night before Christmas and I wasn’t about to go to jail for non-compliance on a stupid thing.

      Some lawyers have asked why I didn’t stand up for my rights… Well quite frankly at the time I didn’t know of my rights and I was intimidated about being arrested for one reason or another.

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