Chris, 45, took the snap of Hazel as she sat at an ice cream stall in Braehead.Naturally, this wasn’t a sufficient obsequious grovelling to the awesome powers of the
Later, when he was carrying her through the centre, he was stopped by a security guard.
Chris added: "He said I had been spotted taking photos in the shopping centre which was illegal and then asked me to delete any photos I had taken.
"I explained I had taken two photos of my daughter eating ice cream and that she was the only person in the photo, so I didn't see any problem.
"I also said I wasn't that willing to delete the photos and there seemed little point as I had uploaded them to Facebook."
The security guard called police and two officers arrived within minutes.Until he’d finished reading his pre-prepared, mentally-rehearsed lecture, that is. Didn’t want anyone interrupting it with facts, clearly…
Chris, a mental health trainer, of Glasgow's southside, said: "My daughter was crying by this stage.
The older officer was quite intimidating. He said there had been a complaint about me taking photos and that there were clear signs in Braehead saying no photographs were allowed.
"I tried to explain I hadn't seen any clearly displayed signs and that I had taken two photos of my daughter.
"As I was trying to explain, he said I was interrupting him and that I should remain quiet until he had finished speaking to me.
"At one stage, I was reassuring my daughter everything was OK, only to be told I wasn't listening by the officer.Except, as was pointed out on Twitter this morning by @flayman, he wasn’t within his rights at all.
"The police officer started to say that there were privacy issues around photographs, to which I said I'd waited until only my daughter was in the shot.
"I explained that I was happy to show him the photos although not sure under what authority he could ask me to delete the photos.
He said that under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, he was quite within in his rights to confiscate my mobile phone without any explanation for taking photos within a public shopping centre."
Chris said: "I am appalled at how going shopping and taking a photo of your daughter can lead to being intimidated in this way."And it seems a Facebook campaign against the mall is in the wind. But really, shouldn’t the greatest opprobrium be reserved for the police?
Chris has complained to police about how they handled the situation.
A spokesman for Braehead said: "Our priority is to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for shoppers and retailers.Clearly, this time, you did. And a Facebook campaign may well make you back down on your policy or even ensure the removal of the guard.
"We have a 'no photography' policy to protect the privacy of staff and shoppers.
However, it is not our intention to - and we do not - stop innocent family members taking pictures."
But the police? It seems they remain unaccountable.