If there is one thing a woman can be touchy about, it’s her butt.
While guys may not understand this completely, most of us know the sense of dread that comes over us whenever we are asked “Does my bum look big in this?”
Another thing most women don’t like is being leered at or the feeling that sleazy strangers are undressing them with their minds. Most women just want to get on with their daily routine or enjoy a day out without the uneasy or often threatening feeling of some pervert eying you off.
This brings us to Greg Kirby.
Greg Kirby owns and runs a store in Melbourne City called Upmarket Pets.
However there is nothing “Upmarket” about this pet store, and not just because it sells live animals at extortionate prices.
Upmarket Pets does not allow photography in the store, there are signs everywhere in the store reminding people to not use a camera. However it would appear this rule does not apply to all.
The below photo was Greg Kirby’s new profile picture on his Facebook page on the 11th March.
There are a few things to note about this photo.
First and foremost, it is a photo of a woman’s behind. It is not a photo of her from behind, or a photo of her outfit, it is a close up of her arse.
Secondly, it would appear she is a customer as she is clearly holding a handbag, something a member of staff would not be doing, not that photographing a staff members arse would be any better.
On top of that it is clearly taken in the store as in the background you can see puppies locked in their glass cells and ironically the no photo’s allowed signs.
Nowhere in the store does it make customers aware that they may have close-ups of their nether regions taken and used for the store owners Facebook page.
I don’t think I need to go into any real detail about just how wrong on every level it is to take these kind of photo’s of women without their knowledge, I think most people know this without having need for explanation.
Greg Kirby certainly knows, after I tried several times to contact him and his refusal to return a phone call, it was suggested that I email him by one of his staff. After emailing him my queries asking if there was an explanation for this photo and if this kind of practice was a regular occurrence at Upmarket Pets, within hours his Facebook settings had changed so that his feed could not be seen, nor his photo’s.
I guess he received my email then.
It is not just his utter disregard and disrespect for women that is shocking here, these are his customers, his livelihood, one would think that a customer would be granted a certain amount of respect. Not customers of Upmarket Pets however.
Another aspect of this is the uncertainty of who took the picture or what the image was captured on.
The below photo of Kirby appears to have been taken in virtually the same position as the offending picture.
Even if Kirby didn’t take the photo it is clearly something he appreciated given it wound up as his profile pic. This would indicate that if it was a member of staff or even a friend that this behavior is encouraged rather than frowned on.
As for what was used for the capturing the image, it is unclear whether it was done via a phone or perhaps in-store security camera’s. If it were indeed captured on a security camera, given the angle of the photo you would have to wonder whether there were video camera’s set up intentionally in store to capture similar footage for whatever purpose Mr Kirby uses images like this.
Mr Kirby is no stranger to controversy, when asked about his suppliers last year he told a Fairfax journalist
“Yeah, we do get puppies from puppy farms,”
How upmarket of you Mr Kirby
This makes Upmarket Pets a store that not only thrives on cruelty, but also accepts and seemingly encourages and promotes the illegal and highly immoral photography of women without their knowledge.
Stores that sell puppies need to be weeded out of the industry for supporting puppy factories, and stores that take inappropriate images of women need to be weeded out of retail and have owners face criminal charges.
My suggestion if you want upmarket, is to steer clear of Upmarket Pets, and ladies if you must go there, wear a suit of armour.