I'm trying to kill a bird with two stones here so bare with me... Last night I was bored so I went to a recent mall they just made. I was by myself, on a small bridge that goes over a little lake in the middle of it all. It's about 10pm but time is not an issue because that place closes late. About 5 minutes into my picture taking, I had barely started to play with the settings, Mr. Security Guard, that by the way looks like he just got dropped off by ICE. No joke. And this was roughly the words that where spoken. Security Guard: " Ehhh...You have permit? Me: "No, I don't need one, this is a public place." Security Guard: " Ehhh... You need permit, I think. Me: "No, I'm pretty sure I don't" (He goes to touch my camera? WTF!) Me: "Don't touch my camera!" (He kinda freaks out, because I kinda screamed that at him) Security Guard: "Ehhh...1123 to 1120...Over" Security Guard 2: 1120 to 1123...what you need?" Security Guard: "Ehhh, assistance on bridge. Please." Since I see the poor guy struggling with his more than shattered english. I proceed to talk to him in spanish, since I'm cuban lol and that's all we talk at my house. So this is the rest of the convo translated into english. Me: "Look uhh (look at his name tag) err... Juan. (I'm not making this up) I work for the sheriff's office in Collier County and I'm pretty sure I don't need a permit. I Know i need a permit if I where to take a picture of a house...that I understand. But a shopping mall? Come on buddy... Security Guard: Yes, but ehh... I can call police right now. Me: Call Him. Long story short police never came, the other security guard came after 2 minutes and said the same thing "Juan" said but I could actually understand. Since I work for the sheriff's office i've seen security guards trespass anyone they want and the property manager gives them that authority, and the Law Enforcement Agency has to oblige. So having that in mind, I left because I go to that shopping mall a lot, and it would suck to get trespassed. So maybe I'm wrong, but I've never heard of needing a permit for shooting somewhere so public. If it was people or something, I could understand. But...idk....anyone to shed light on this would be highly appreciated. And at the same time please CC the 2 pics I had time to take that night.