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  1. Thanks Old Cogger.


    I have already spoken to them (as mentioned just above) but I will also formulate an email and send it to the email address with the FAO you have given. I will do that later this afternoon as I would like to see what response I get back from Panther before close of business today. No matter what the response is though, I will put it all in writing anyway so that they have it formally 'on record' and having the CEO's name on it might be useful in ensuring that the company tightens and sticks to the policies they say they have in place!


    I do think this is quite an important issue and that many people out there wouldn't be happy with the experience we've had.

  2. OK, the delivery has just happened, and it wasn't a particularly pleasant experience. I was just in the process of formulating an email to Panther Group but that has now been ditched and I have spoken to them instead. This is what happened:


    Two delivery men arrived (within the time window given so no problem there) and we asked them to put the new mattress up against the wall on the landing. They did this and my husband stood at the end of the landing with man one while I was halfway up the stairs with man two. Man one asked my husband if he could take a photo and my husband said no. Man one said he had to and my husband asked why and man one said something about proof of delivery. I said that the mattress could be anywhere and that the photo wasn’t much evidence even though their van probably keeps track of where they are in the world. I said we didn't want photos taken and I would just sign for delivery.


    Man two said if they couldn't take the photo they would take the mattress out of the house and put it back on the van to return to the depot! I asked again why the photo was so necessary as we were not willing to give permission, man two said that the photo proves the mattress isn't damaged. I said that didn't make sense as they were only taking a photo of the mattress from one side and it was still inside a thick plastic covering. We let them take a photo in order to keep the already paid for mattress but said we wanted to see the photo after it was taken and said we were worried about this invasion of privacy.


    They showed me the photo - you wouldn't even know if it was of a mattress!


    They left and I rang Panther as I felt we had been put under duress to allow them to take the photo otherwise they would remove the mattress and take it away. I told the customer services lady on the phone that I wanted to speak to a manager and she put me through to a 'supervisor'. He was very apologetic and said that our experience should never have happened and taking photos against customer wishes in their home is not acceptable and definitely not company/customer policy. He is going to speak to someone at the depot from where the delivery men were subcontracted and he will get back to me. I think he was genuinely taken aback and kept reiterating that what had happened was out of order especially as we had been threatened with having the goods taken away if we didn't agree to photos. I also told him about the previous mattress delivery and that a photo had been taken of the mattress sited in a bedroom before I could even make a comment or ask a question! I said I wanted to be assured that this sort of thing would not continue happening to other people.


    I also rang the mattress manufacturer and they were appalled. The person I spoke to said they would escalate the matter to a higher level and contact Panther as well. They will inform me of the outcome. The woman I spoke to agreed it was an invasion of privacy and we should not have been threatened with having the mattress taken back.


    We felt really quite threatened by delivery man two's attitude, even though I said I had some degree of sympathy with their difficult situation if they were acting under orders which is what they repeated several times. I had no clarity about Panthers policies at that moment in time.


    The silly thing is that the supervisor at Panther who I spoke with said he had already received a couple of uploaded photos on their system (I thought only one had been taken in the end) and he said they were completely useless as proof of any kind - just a white blob in plastic. The previous mattress delivery though will no doubt have had a clearer photo of the mattress as it looked installed in a room as it was taken from a different and more distant angle.


    I was also asked to sign for the delivery - it's a pity that wasn’t enough.


    It will be interesting to see what responses I get. I will post more here when I get them in case this experience is useful to anyone.

  3. Yes, I think that's a good point hightail. My husband thinks they probably also took a picture of our front door with house number alongside.... who knows? I have heard of delivery companies taking photos of front doors and a quick google a few minutes ago threw up a newspaper item which reported last year that people were getting upset about this sort of thing as they felt it was an invasion of privacy. Inside the house is an even bigger invasion of privacy in my view. Have just looked at wiki where there is a page on photography legal issues in the U.K., and bingo, people shouldn't take photos inside a private propert without the owners consent and thy should ask permission in the first place! So perhaps there is a valid assumption that this sort of practice is actually illegal?

  4. Thanks unclebulgaria67, that's my intention. But the second mattress is due today - what with Christmas events and so on I haven't yet got round to doing this in a timely fashion. I doubt that I will get a response to an email that I will send shortly to Panther. But I will query this with the comany anyway as I agree, not many people would be happy with this in my view too.


    I've discussed the situation some more with my husband and we will ask the delivery men to leave the mattress on the landing as we can manage it easily enough from there. I wil ask them not to take photos inside my house but If they insist on taking a photo as a condition of leaving the mattress with us then I will let them as the landing is less of a personal sort of space, but I will query it with Panther for sure.


    But my fundamental question I suppose is whether it is legal for people you don't know to take photos inside your home, which is your own private property and not for example being rented, without your consent, for whatever reason they give. The first time round they took a photo without even asking for permission and only gave a garbled reason about proof of delivery when I queried why they had photographed the bedroom.

  5. Grumpy, I have also already paid for the mattress. If they took it away because I said no photo, it could turn into a major hassle to get it redelivered in a manner I'm comfortable with, or failing that getting a refund and shopping elsewhere!


    Have other people had snaps being taken of bigger items delivered into their homes? Is this a new thing? I hadn't come across this intrusive practice before.

  6. Thanks Grumpy.

    But I really need the mattress

    - I am having some back pain and I am hoping this mattress will help.

    I've had to wait a bit already to get it and it's one that is made to order.

    It would be hugely inconvenient if they took it away.



    Thinking this through I think I will ask them to take it upstairs and leave it on the landing.



    I will ask them not to take pictures inside my house at that point, but if they insist I will let them photograph the landing as it is an overall empty type if area without personal belongings and doesn't feel as intrusive.



    It's up to me to tell them where to put it!

    I will then query this process out of interest with Panther Logistics.


    Interestngly Panther advise you in their email to ensure that the delivery guys have clear access to the part of the hose where the delivery item will go etc



    but they don't state other aspects of the delivery process such as taking photos up front.

    I think they should do so if that's their usual process and also seek consent.

  7. Are there any laws on photography by strangers gong intoi private homes? Perhaps I should google!


    Maybe I should just tell them to leave the mattress on my Drive and my husband and I will carry the thing in! I don't really care if they take a photo of my Drive!! Wonder what their bosses would say to that? That sort of photo of proof of delivery wouldn't work much in their favour.

  8. OK, so if I write out a letter saying something like


    Received with thanks, item such and such, delivered by Panther Logistics, on date and time,


    My signature and address and date alongside....


    That sort of thing?


    Sorry.... I can't seem to make quotes happen on my iPad while typing here, or any other characters fir that matter.


    Is there any risk that they might not leave the mattress if I don't agree to them taking a photo? And what if they take a photo against my wishes even if I offer to provide a signed statement confirming delivery?

  9. Thanks for the reply dx.



    I can also understand that delivery companies like to have proof that they have delivered.



    But why a photo taken inside my house?

    Why not take a photo of the outside of my house taken from the roadside and my signature on some sort of gizmo or piece of paper?



    I feel it's an invasion of my personal privacy,

    especially without having been asked if I mind.



    I have heard of delivery firms taking photos of front doors,

    bug I think taking a photo inside someone's house is more intrusive.


    It may not do me any actual harm as such, but it does make me feel uncomfortable.


    .... should I tidy up the bedroom?!

  10. A short while ago I had a mattress that I'd bought from an online retailer delivered to my house by Panther Logistics.

    The delivery process went OK

    - they emailed and texted me to give a date and time window for the delivery and they arrived when they said they would.



    They took the New mattress upstairs to the bedroom where it needed to go,

    but much to my surprise,

    one of the delivery men then quickly whipped out a device which had a camera function from his pocket (not sure if it was a mobile phone, an actual camera or something else) and said he would just take a photo of the mattress in the room before I could even query what he was doing.



    After he had done so I asked why,

    and he muttered something about proof of delivery. Is this legal?

    I thought you needed the owners permission to take photos inside a privately owned property.


    I am having another mattress delivered by Panther Ligistics (from the same retailer) tomorrow,

    this time for our master bedroom (the previous delivery was for a spare bedroom)

    and I feel creeped out about the delivery man wanting to take a photo of our bedroom.



    Can I insist that they don't?

    I certainly don't mind signing for the delivery,

    but last time there was no physical paperwork as all as all communications were by email or text.


    Any advice welcome.

    Thank you in advance for any insight into this.

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