If someone requests that you not photo or film them, please respect
their wishes. Most people are cool with being photo’d, but a very
small percentage may object. Offer to hug them with the camera
turned off. We care more about the hug than we care about
the photo or video.
If someone does not want to give a hug, respect their wishes and do
not insist. We care more about respect than we care about hugging.
Have the photo or video person in plain sight so that they may be
visible to the subjects. It is not kind to film/photo or record people
when the camera is hiding. It is dishonest and it’s not our way. People
are generally more at ease when the person photo’ing is in plain view.
If someone objects to the photo or video after it has been taken,
please do not share it, and delete it on the spot if practical to do so.
Your personal safety is paramount. Please only ask for hugs in areas
that feel safe to you. Be mindful of your surroundings at all times. As
long as you are polite and respectful of peoples’ wishes, the
likelihood of any negative incidents happening is very low.
Please do not Spread the Hug in a private place, like inside a shopping
mall, unless you have received permission from the management.
Treat others as you’d like to be treated. Respect, kindness and honesty
toward fellow humans is the most important thing we are trying
to accomplish with Spread the Hug. Make an effort to leave everyone
that you encounter better than before you interacted with them,
whether you hug them or not.