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Field Agent is an iPhone app that presents the user with questions or tasks, then pays the user a minimum of two quid for completing them in the name of market research. The questions and tasks come from companies that want to know what UK consumers are thinking, or what's happening somewhere. Users can ask for pushed alerts, or …

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Shop keepers love it when you take photos of their shelves.

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Quotas

All well and good until you need a fair representational spread of the populace, and not just the opinion of a bunch of twentysomething AB male slabfondlers.

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@Quotas

For a lot of marketards, that demographic* would be the only one they give a rat's jacksy about.

* no that does not include me.

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Ever tried taking photos in a supermarket?

They don't like it. The REALLY don't like it. I've seen people get escorted out for nothing more...

So this will be a complete fail if they rely on an intrusive methodology...

...and a win if they keep it simple.

Nice idea

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Yes I have,

In tescos.

Told the security guard to f* off then went to customer services with the photo evidence that they had overcharged me.

I seem to always have trouble in Tescos, they've also tried to arrest me for buying an ugli fruit once.

Just because somebody is wearing a hat for a job it doesn't make them superior to you.

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My curiosity is now thoroughly piqued

"....they've also tried to arrest me for buying an ugli fruit once...."

I may regret this, but please tell us the entire story.

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Superior?

Maybe not, but it does make them taller.

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a title,

long story short(ish)

Buying some passion fruits (iirc) noticed when checkout lady processed them she first put through an ugli fruit then a passion fruit. I tried to tell her but she kept 'correcting' me saying they were passion fruits not ugli fruits. Gave up and figured that I may as well buy an ugli fruit so on my way out decided to collect one seeing as I'd already paid for one (and Tesco make enough without charging for phantom items)

Hostile attitude from security guard met uncooperative attitude from myself. Laughing at him whilst he shouted at me that I'd paid for the ugli fruit probably didn't help. But the manager was very nice about it.

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Really? Escorted out?

I take photos in shops all of the time and I use redlaser to compare prices on the shelf and I've yet to find someone who gives a crap. Photography is not a crime. These are large supermarkets, not a secure premises or a politically sensitive area.

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@ Ever tried taking photos in a supermarket?

"They don't like it. The REALLY don't like it. I've seen people get escorted out for nothing more..."

That's why they're getting demographic suitables to take the photographs rather than the marketoides who want the data in the first place, and to remain risk-free.

This way, Marketoids get their data without getting blamed for anything, and the demographics suitables are either paid, or get kicked out (or more), in other words, they accept all the risk.

Who's doing the dirty work for whom?

And more importantly, which demographic is stupid enough to fall for this sort of crap?

'Nuff said.

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The legal position...

A shop is private property, and the owners can permit or forbid photography as they wish. Anyone photographing without permission can be told to stop and/or have their admission withdrawn and can be removed using reasonable force if they do not leave when asked. The usual, in other words.

Now, as to *why* they forbid photography, it''s rather less clear. Some give the justification that such photos can be useful to shoplifters. Since most shoppers memorise shop layouts without even trying, this justification doesn't really count.

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