Father-daughter ice cream date ignites a social media firestorm

Facebook has turned Chris White into a folk hero and vilified the Braehead Shopping Centre in Glasgow, Scotland.

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It started on Friday when Chris White, a 45-year-old father, snapped a picture of his daughter eating ice cream at the Braehead Shopping Centre. Staff at Braehead thought White looked a bit suspicious. Here’s what happened next, as explained by Scottish PR professional Scott Douglas:

“First detained by security staff and made to feel like a pervert. Next he was questioned by police and made to feel like a terrorist. Thirdly, he was interviewed by traditional media and portrayed as a victim. Now he is being championed by social media and becoming a cause celebre.”

As of Monday afternoon, more than 15,000 people have “liked” the Boycott Braehead Facebook group.

Braehead responded with a statement defending its actions.

“Our priority is always to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all our shoppers and retailers,” the statement said. “The member of our security staff acted in good faith.”

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