Photography Is Not a Crime – Lawyer Threatens Me Over Today’s #WordlessWednesday Picture

Well once again I’m getting threatened by an attorney for something that seems ridiculous and I will ask this question now… Is taking photographs of cars and the signs that are on them illegal?

Earlier today, as I do on many Wednesdays, I posted a post entitled: “Wordless Wednesday – I Lost My Implants…” where I simply stated:  “I saw this truck parked at Island Naturals in Pahoa on the Big Island yesterday:” and then posted a picture of a truck that I saw parked at Island Naturals in Pahoa.

This afternoon I received an email from Honolulu Law firm WILLIAM J. NAGLE III, ESQ., Roeca Luria & Hiraoka LLP stating:

Mr. Tucker:

This firm represents Dr. ***********  in the matter of the photograph of the sign displayed on your blog dated 1/29/14.  We request that the photograph be removed from your blog (damontucker.com) as the contents of the sign are offensive to our client.  Because your blog is widely read on the Big Island, the photograph of the sign has disappointed and upset Dr. *********.
Mahalo for your kokua in this matter.

Well I don’t know what I should do really and feel that I have every right to post pictures I take in public.  I was just posting an observation I saw and really wasn’t making any statement other then it was “Wordless” in a sense.

I’ve left the blog post up… but have now removed the Doctors name from the picture.

IS PHOTOGRAPHY A CRIME?  Here is the incriminating photograph… minus the doctors name:

Dr. Who?

Dr. Who?

5 Responses

  1. That’s my truck! Thanks for posting the photo however I am disappointed you were intimidated into blotting out the subject of my protest. My name is Hugh Johnson. I have been an organic farmer in Hawaii since 1990 and I live in Pahoa on the Big Island. Dr Joan Greco of Waimea is my oral surgeon. Dr. Greco has an office in Kailua Kona and now in Hilo as well. Dr Greco and her staff treated me kindly and we’re very professional whenever I visited their office for extractions, implants and repeated follow up visits when problems occurred. I paid 5800 dollars for three implants. Dr Greco boasts a 98% success rate and free replacements. After two years of infections, a multitude of x rays, antibiotics, a lot of road miles (130 miles round trip), missed work and one God awful bone scrapping she finally determined my implants had failed so she removed the stinking, oozing, infected little suckers. Dr Greco points out she removed the failed implants and surrounding damaged bone at no charge. WOOP DE DO! Dr Greco offered to replace the bone and implants at no charge. However she stated i was not a good candidate for implants which was the obvious since I had 100 % fail. Why in the world would I sign up for a repeat of two years of misery by getting free replacements? Hence i asked Dr Greco to have my regular dentist attempt to stabilize my teeth as half the bone supporting the teeth adjacent to the failed implant sites was now missing. Dr Greco’s insurance rep requested a quote for the repair. My dentist who is a trusted colleague of Dr. Greco submitted a quote of 10,800 dollars. After having received the requested quote for the repair, Dr Greco’s rep offered me 2800 dollars.Twenty eight hundred dollars just happens to be the about the cost of some dentures, which i will need when the teeth around the implant sites loosen and have to be removed too. I politely said no thanks to the 2800 bucks.
    If i were you and wanted implants i would still recommend Dr Greco. She has a fine reputation. My intent is not to harm Dr Greco’s business. My intent with the tail gate dummy and the sign is to inspire Dr Greco to allow her insurance company to pay my dentist to repair the damage caused by her failed implants. I feel Dr. Greco had a rare and unfortunate total failure with me and she should be held accountable no matter that her other 98 out of a hundred are satisfied customers.
    Before I installed the sign I sought legal counsel. I was told that if I was telling the truth then it is my right to express my opinion in public.
    So let me clarify something here; Dr. Greco got some of my teeth but not all of them, She got a few chunks of jaw bone but not the entire jawbone. She did not get all my money either but she sure as hell got all my implants….good riddance!

  2. I agree with George. In addition, the doctor supposedly has taken the Hippoctatic oath, and as such, this alleged misdeed should have never occurred, or at least have been resolved to the patient’s satisfaction.

  3. Who is the doctor?

  4. Looks to me like Its news reporting, 1st Amendment, to publish the photo uncensored. Civil suits like this one that is hinted toward you are infringing on the 1st Am, and you could win judgment for your costs and injury to defend against it if they file a complaint against you. I would not back down and give up my right if it was my photo to publish. Keep up your good work.

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