Doughnut shop photos yanked, TMZ says

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The celebrity gossip Web site TMZ reported that a representative for golfer Phil Mickelson visited an Augusta doughnut shop last week and ordered it to remove pictures of the 2010 Masters champion hanging inside.

A representative of golfer Phil Mickelson threatened legal action against Krispy Kreme if photos were not removed, TMZ reported.   SPECIAL/FILE
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A representative of golfer Phil Mickelson threatened legal action against Krispy Kreme if photos were not removed, TMZ reported.

Last year, Mickelson was photographed from the drive-through of Krispy Kreme on Washington Road purchasing doughnuts for his children a day after winning the tournament. Still sporting his green jacket, Mickelson smiled for a photo shot by a store manager.

According to TMZ, which said it got its information from "our doughnut sources," an associate of Mickelson threatened legal action if the shop did not remove a display of the photo.

The shop removed the display, the Web site reported.

The store's manager and photographer in question, Greg Carswell, told The Augusta Chronicle on Wednesday morning that all calls would have to be directed to the store's owner, Frank Guthrie, who in turn directed calls to Krispy Kreme officials.

An e-mail sent to Mickelson's representative, T.R. Reinman, seeking a comment was not returned by Wednesday afternoon.

Last year, employees at the shop were elated to see the champion stop in. Angel Burley told a Chronicle reporter that she knew a golfer was coming through by the player's pass on the windshield.

"When I opened the window, I see the green jacket," Burley said. "I said: 'You won yesterday,' and he started smiling and said, 'Yeah.' "

Mickelson ordered a dozen each of glazed, chocolate and mixed doughnuts, she said. Burley said she and her co-workers snapped photos of the Masters Tournament champion before handing over his order.

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happychimer
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happychimer 04/13/11 - 09:36 am
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That is so picky. He let them

That is so picky. He let them take the pictures, so they should be able to display them. They are not the golfer's pictures.

billybob88
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billybob88 04/13/11 - 09:43 am
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Too bad. I am sure Phil's

Too bad. I am sure Phil's people have good reason for it though.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 04/13/11 - 09:45 am
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It says "a representative for

It says "a representative for golfer Phil Mickelson" so Phil might not even know about it. Could be a legal thing, he might have signed a contract as a spokesperson for Dunkin' Doughnuts or Starbucks or something since the photo was taken. Or he might not want photos of his kids on display for safety reasons. Who knows?

A better question might be why is this considered news?

Frank I
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Frank I 04/13/11 - 10:10 am
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what a jerk....

what a jerk....

csrareader
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csrareader 04/13/11 - 10:12 am
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Although Phil Mickelson is a

Although Phil Mickelson is a public figure, his children are not. The photo shows the kids so the store shouldn't have posted it without his permission. Without the kids, I think the store would have the right to post a photo of Phil. He's a public figure and the photo was taken in a public place.

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Austin Rhodes 04/13/11 - 10:28 am
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Complete BS. I have no doubt

Complete BS. I have no doubt someone told them to remove the picture, I also have no doubt that whoever is making the request can be told to go pound sand. Public picture taken in a public place with the person fully aware. Lawyers often rattle cages and most are too dang cowardly to stand up for themselves.

blackindependent
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blackindependent 04/13/11 - 11:24 am
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This image, although taken of

This image, although taken of a "public figure" by a private citizen, was being used in a commercial manner, and you can't do that even with public figures without their consent. He would have no complaint if this was used in a political ad, but it was not.

Whether or not it is, as Austin Rhodes says "total BS", the law is the law, Phil Mickleson has as much right to complain about his image being used commercially as does anyone else, public figure or not.

I wonder if people would call it "Total BS" if the store had sold a million donuts as a result of the picture. I'll bet even radio talk show hosts would be harping about "obscene profits".
So there.

localman
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localman 04/13/11 - 11:29 am
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Sounds more like a kids issue

Sounds more like a kids issue than a legal issue. Given that, I would agree with Phil.

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BamaMan 04/13/11 - 11:49 am
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....like you can really make

....like you can really make out what the children look like. Puleeeze

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acburton4 04/13/11 - 11:54 am
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The story states the picture

The story states the picture was put up for Masters week....not true, that picture has been up since it was taken and should not have to come down. It would be a different story if he had asked them not to take his picture. I think he and/or anyone else (famous or not) should be proud that a business wants to display a picture of him or her just because of who they are

ECDanes
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ECDanes 04/13/11 - 12:19 pm
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I call BS on this being a

I call BS on this being a "kids issue". If there was a problem because of the kids being in the photo then why was it ok for it to run in this paper and newspapers and on TV all over the world? This is no different than those restaurants that hang up photos of celebrities who have dined there. Ever been to Pink's hotdogs in Los Angeles, or The Palm in New York?

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CharlesB 04/13/11 - 12:10 pm
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To me, as much as Phil gives

To me, as much as Phil gives back to every place he goes, it is not in our right to judge him based on this or most anything else. He is by far the most approachable golfer there is, especially of that magnitude. This has something else written all over it. Just relax folks and move on to something else. Like this great weather...

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/13/11 - 12:12 pm
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Someones trying to justify

Someones trying to justify being way overpaid.

ECDanes
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ECDanes 04/13/11 - 12:18 pm
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CharlesB, that's the point,

CharlesB, that's the point, this is completely out of character for Phil Mickelson which is why I think this may have happened without his knowledge. If were Tiger Woods, I wouldn't be so shocked, but Mickelson's folks ordering that this photo be taken down (when you see this sort of thing in restaurants and donut shops all over the country) seems awfully petty and not in keeping with Mickelson's approachable image.

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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 12:41 pm
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If I remember correctly

If I remember correctly Mickleson didn't pay for the donuts. Couldn't that be interpreted as payment for use of the photo in the store?

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Rob Pavey 04/13/11 - 01:40 pm
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Lots of restaurants display

Lots of restaurants display photos of famous people who have visited there - Luigi's does the same thing. So would this mean every photo the papparazi or anyone else might take of celebrities in nightclubs, at football games or restaurants is off limits?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 02:31 pm
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PR, probably because they're

PR, probably because they're renting their houses out for about 10 grand. We have the world's greatest sporting event here every year and you say it has ruined Augusta?

ECDanes
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ECDanes 04/13/11 - 02:34 pm
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exaggerating a bit there

exaggerating a bit there Riverman? World's greatest sporting event? I don't know but I think that the Olympics and World Cup are a bit higher on the sports totem pole. And where I won't argue that The Masters is probably the most popular of the major golf tournaments, I think The Final Four, The Super Bowl, and The World Series has a much higher viewership.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 04/13/11 - 02:35 pm
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The picture WAS NOT being

The picture WAS NOT being used in a commercial sense, it was exactly as Rob Pavey described it. As a picture taken in a public place, it is an individual work or art (the law, not my opinion) and as long as it is not mass produced, or used in mass media (news stories don't count) the lawyer complaining about it can pound sand!

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CoastalDawg 04/13/11 - 03:06 pm
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"This image, although taken

"This image, although taken of a "public figure" by a private citizen, was being used in a commercial manner, and you can't do that even with public figures without their consent." Where did you get THAT from this story? Most celebrities would be happy to think that they are well liked and popular enough to have their pictures being viewed - maybe it WAS the fact that the child was in the photo but I wonder why Phil himself didn't stop by and ask nicely that the picture be taken down if he has a problem with it...Maybe he didn't know about his "representative" or maybe he is letting his celebrity status get out of hand. He obviously LIKES the donuts or he wouldn't have been in the drive through buying them in the first place.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 03:23 pm
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ECDanes, really I've read a

ECDanes, really I've read a few articles where the discussion was the world's greatest sporting event. A few things were presented such as you said, but the consensus was the Masters. Maybe I should have said arguably. But if you check into such discussions, we are in the hunt if not the outright winner.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 03:41 pm
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The well respected Bleacher

The well respected Bleacher Report says we are number 1.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/662453-a-tournament-of-tournaments-th...

2. NCAA basketball finals
3. Super Bowl
4. BCS Championship
5. Kentucky Derby
6. World Series
7. World Cup
8. College World Series
9. NBA Finals
10. Daytona 500
11. Wimbledon
12. Olympics

Woofmaster
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Woofmaster 04/13/11 - 03:41 pm
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They should have been

They should have been concentrating more on his putting than whether his picture was hanging in a donut shop!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 03:44 pm
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The well known Bleacher

The well known Bleacher Report ranks the Masters as the number one sporting event in the world.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/662453-a-tournament-of-tournaments-th...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 03:47 pm
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So I looked this up....The

So I looked this up....The well known Bleacher Report ranks the Masters as the number 1 sporting event in the world. They rate the World Cup number 7. Super Bowl 3.

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Gunner71 04/13/11 - 03:51 pm
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would any of you want your

would any of you want your picture hanging up somewhere? it doesn't matter who took or owns the picture. it's of him and he can demand it not be displayed in public. get a life people.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 04/13/11 - 03:53 pm
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Gunner...wanna bet? I will

Gunner...wanna bet? I will bet you 10 grand you are wrong...right now.

Gunner71
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Gunner71 04/13/11 - 03:54 pm
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@Rob Pavey: it depends on how

@Rob Pavey: it depends on how the photo was obtained. would you be ok with it if i took a picture of your family and put it on billboard? what's the difference?

Gunner71
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Gunner71 04/13/11 - 03:59 pm
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@Austin Rhodes: post a link

@Austin Rhodes: post a link to the law you quoted. the photo was taken at a business and the owner clearly displayed it for business reasons which they can't do without consent. so i'll be waiting on the law.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/13/11 - 03:57 pm
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Austin, you did say you could

Austin, you did say you could use a picture of anyone buying something in a commercial when you were talking with AB. Later you did deny that on the air. That's what's irritating about you. You say something, then deny saying it. Even AB tried to tell you what you said. So give Gunner a break. Heck, it's hard to keep up with your flip flops.

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