Today, when headed to lunch at the South Street Seaport, I happened to pass by an Abercrombie & Fitch store. 95 in the shade, and doors wide open.
I went inside, and asked if they were aware of the law that requires them to close the store door when the air-conditioning is running.
I didn’t have a recorder going, but this was how some of the conversation went.
Me: Do you know this is illegal?
Employee Sandeev(?): This is private property, we can do whatever we want.
Me: Do you think you could have no smoke detectors or pay people less than minimum wage?
Employee Sandeev: This is private property
Me: I’m not sure you understand the meaning of ‘illegal’.
The manager comes over. His name is Uriah (sp?)
Me: This is bad for the environment.
Uriah: I really hate all the water waste, and they don’t recyle in midtown. You should do something about that.
Me: Cool. We can work on that together, but right now, let’s keep the focus on your door.”
Me: Aren’t you concerned with all the wasted electricity?
Uriah: What we’re concerned with is selling people great looking shorts and cool sunglasses (yes, he really said that).
Me: I’m going to take a picture of the store with the door open.
Uriah: You’re not allowed to do that.
Me:I’m not taking a photo in the store, I’m taking one from outside.
(While standing 20 feet onto sidewalk and taking the photo).
Female employee (who happened to be standing outside): You’re not allowed to do that.
Me: Do what?
FE: Take a picture of the store.
Me: Well you better call the police, then.
FE: Take a picture through the open doors.
Me: This is a public space, are you familiar with the Constitution?
FE: Well, you’re in my space. Sandeev, can you get rid of this guy?
Sandeev (who had come outside): Well, we can just go inside.
They then proceed to close the door (see below), but when I came back from lunch, the door was again open.