The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 1, 2012

Mall prohibits photos at Chick-fil-A; police called on the scene

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID — Long lines at Chick-fil-A at Oakwood Mall in Enid, Oklahoma, has prompted mall security officials to enforce its rule against taking pictures of store fronts and to inform people to stop using cell phone and other cameras Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.

Business was hopping during the noon hour in Enid as part of a nationwide campaign to eat at Chick-fil-A franchies in support of its CEO, who was criticized for his vocal support against gay marriage, and after a call was made by gay rights groups to boycott the franchises.

As the line grew in Enid, security officers at Oakwood Mall were telling the business' patrons to put away their phones, and Enid police eventually were called.

“There was a misunderstanding,” EPD Sgt. Tim Jacobi said. “It was kind of a civil matter that started over taking pictures.”

Brian O’Rourke, police chief, said authorities weren’t enforcing the mall’s photo policy.

“We were called out on a criminal matter, not to enforce any photo ban,” O’Rourke said.

Read more in Thursday's News & Eagle.