This past June, the Grenfell Tower fire killed over 80 people in West London. Unfortunately, both civilians and police have been forced take measures to stop people from taking selfies at the site to preserve the privacy of and respect for those who lived there and/or perished in the fire.
As the Notting Hill Carnival gets underway, Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police will be blocking off access to streets adjacent to the tower for non-residents. In addition, privacy barriers have been erected to obstruct views of the tower from trains. Automated announcements also implore visitors to be respectful of the site and refrain from taking pictures. The issue of people taking selfies at the tower has been ongoing, and locals fear that the influx of people attending the carnival will aggravate it.
Of course, as societal norms continue to try to catch up to the ever-burgeoning culture of social media, smartphones, and selfies, what's acceptable and what's not continues to evolve, but personally, in this case, I find it hard to believe that anyone would think this is acceptable behavior.
[via DIY Photography]
Lead image by Flickr user ChiralJon, usd under Creative Commons.