It's a bit harsh to say another shopper submitted fake photos. He/she might have erred and uploaded photos from another shop. He/she might also have submitted an exterior photo taken from a different angle than yours.
I once took two exterior photos of a shop location from two different angles. One was a close up of the front entrance side of the business, showing the name of the business. The other was from farther away and showed two sides of the building, with the name of the business on each side.
I then got a request from the editor to upload an exterior photo. When I opened the SASSIE form, I saw that no exterior photo was there.
I was sure I had uploaded an exterior photo (or there would have been an "Oops" and I would not have been able to submit my report the first time). I don't know if there was a glitch and SASSIE stripped the photo or if the editor thought I uploaded a wrong/fake photo. I unloaded the second (farther away, different angle) photo, and the shop was accepted. I hope the editor/MSC didn't think I submitted a fake photo the first time.
Question....if you see another shopper, is it o.k. to ask them and introduce yourself, has never happened, but with all the newer shoppers up here, wondering.
Before I posted..I emailed the msc back and told them the same thing. That I thought the shopper just took the photo from the other side of the lot..hence why the signs don't match.
After I sent the email, I knew I was at the right place and on the other side of the lot is a very busy 4 way red light street...so in my mind it would be close to impossible to get a good exterior photo from that side of the lot. Which is why my mind went to fake photos but you all are probably right..kudos to that shopper though..have no idea how they got decent pictures from that angle?
I would only do so if we were both conducting announced audits. You never really know who could overhear. Then you would both be outed and never able to shop the location again. If another shopper outed me at a location I could MS regularly, it would piss me off.