Yesterday I was at the local airport, waiting for my aunt's flight to arrive from another town. I was sitting on a bench reading a book. I had a purse with me and also a bag of items to give my aunt. On another bench nearby was a middle aged woman, a 17/18 year old boy and a 17/18 year old girl.
The middle aged woman came up next to me and said "Excuse me ? Will you take a picture of us ?" Then she held out her expensive looking camera. (Being deeply into my book, it took me a second to realize "Oh, duh, someone's talking to me ?") My response was "Umm....no thank you." She answered in a snotty, shocked tone "Ohhh-kaaay ?" and approached another person. This second person agreed to take the picture. Camera lady made sure to say loudly "THANK YOU. YOU ARE SO WONDERFUL AND KIND TO TAKE OUR PICTURE. BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW IF WE'LL EVER SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN FOR A LONG TIME." After the picture was taken, the two teenagers commented pointedly "OH MY GOD, I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE WOULDN'T TAKE OUR PICTURE" AND "I KNOW, I GUESS SOME PEOPLE ARE (FEMALE DOGS) AND SOME PEOPLE ARE NICE."
I had a couple of reasons why I didn't want to take their picture. I wasn't going to get into it with her, but (1) my book was rather interesting (2)My hands shake terribly when I take pictures. And I'm rather clumsy. So I'd feel bad if I took a poor picture or messed up her camera (3) I dislike being approached by random strangers and (4)I would have had to set my bags down and stepped a couple feet away from the bench to take the picture.
So is it rude to decline to take someone's picture ?