TL;DR I don't work for the staff in the store I'm located in, but some feel that I'm not following rules they have (and that I was never informed of) so they have taken a photo of me breaking them. I think at minimum this is a toxic work environment, if not illegal. What should I do and who should I report this to if anyone? My main goal is to not have people take pictures of me (particularly ones that are intended to make it look like I'm not doing my job).
Background info: I work for a staffing agency. Call them "Staffers Ltd.". A TV manufacturer, call them "Crisp Pic" hired Staffers Ltd. to train and place product specialists at a chain of retail stores (call them Electronics Depot) to increase sales.
Staffers Ltd. is the one that hired me and the one I send invoices to and they pay me. My interaction with Electronics Depot staff is limited to, that if a customer wants to make a purchase, they need to be the ones that actually process it (e.g. take the credit card information etc.).
The other day someone ordered me to tuck in my shirt (I found the way he did it very rude). It turned out he was a manager from Electronics Depot but I did not know as he never introduced himself and his name tag didn't say his position.
A few minutes later another manager called me into the backroom to have a chat. Basically I was in trouble for some generic things such as "not being attentive enough to customers" but what really bothered me is he had a photo someone took of me drinking a pop.
If I had known there was a rule against this there would be no problem but I find this a toxic environment that instead of someone telling me there's a rule, they took a picture and sent it to their manager (who isn't even in the same company that employees me).
This may be a breach of privacy laws and a form of harassment (in a sense the store's manager was saying he had an embarrassing photo of me and I better follow his rules).
I only have a week left on this job. Though this incident does upset me, I could let it slide. If I find someone filming me again trying to make me look bad, I will take further action such as filing a privacy complaint against the store.
Aside: Apparently taking candid pictures of people looking like they're "slacking off" is common tactic of management at the store. I checked with my actual boss and he said he doesn't care if my shirt is tucked in though I plan on tucking it in from now on. Also the store manager complained in the picture I was sitting down, but I have permission from my boss to sit (as long as it doesn't affect my work).
Questions: Should I tell anyone about this or my view? Should I tell my agency this happened? Should I tell the store "you know I find this a bit harassing that someone takes a candid photo of me as evidence instead of informing me there's a rule I wasn't following". Is there a point asking my employer if I can quite early given the circumstances and still get the completion bonus? To keep a consistent image, I don't mind following rules like tucking in my shirt and no drinks etc. but I fear this is a slippery slope following directions from a person who is not my boss because in other situations the store managements directions conflict with my bosses directions (for example their seems to be a lot of disagreement as to who's job it is to setup the TVs).