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Starbucks to GOP Conventioneers: Put Away Your Cameras

Starbucks to GOP Conventioneers: Put Away Your Cameras
Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

On Monday afternoon, three men were chatting at a Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Fla. The men, all attending the Republican National Convention as guests, had just met one another and were engaged in a spirited political discussion. One talked about his Tea Party blog. A second said how important it was for people not to take government hand-outs. The third was pleased to meet the other two: The country needs people like them to get back on its feet, he said.

One of the men eventually pulled out a flip camera and began recording the conversation to post on his blog. A Starbucks barista hustled over. The camera had to be turned off immediately, he said.