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Cameras in a public restroom?

Posted by on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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Should they be allowed to keep the cameras up or should they have to take them down?

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A Lake Conroe bar says it has cameras in the men's restroom to dissuade vandalism and locals aren't too thrilled about being spied on while they do their business.

ABC 13 got a Wolfies employee on camera telling a customer that they have the cameras installed and staff told the station that if people don't want to be on camera, they shouldn't use their restroom.

Signs in a restaurant hallway warn of the cameras, which are aimed at the men's restroom sink.

Houston attorney Mark Thiessen says that Wolfies could be opening themselves to legal problems.

"What if a child uses that restroom? You open yourself up to many lawsuits. There could be public indecency and child pornography laws they are breaking," he said.

Thiessen adds that management should weigh their private interests against the legal trouble that could ensue over these cameras. What is the benefit of the cameras if they cause so much legal trouble? Not to mention loss of revenue.

"The cost of invading the privacy of customers probably outweighs the cost of protecting your establishment."

Management at the Lake Conroe location couldn't be reached for comment.

Wolfies has six locations in the Houston area, and one in College Station. The Conroe location is located right on the lake and customers can pull right to a nearby dock to visit the restaurant.

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ButterMeUp
by Butters on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM
Ew WTF? I would be fuckin pissed if they took a video of me or my DD (or husband for that matter) using the bathroom. Personally I'd sue.
Roxygurl
by Emerald Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM
I'd be pretty damn pissed myself. If they are that worried they need to hire a bathroom attendent

Quoting ButterMeUp:

Ew WTF? I would be fuckin pissed if they took a video of me or my DD (or husband for that matter) using the bathroom. Personally I'd sue.
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Roxygurl
by Emerald Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM
I'm sorry I would be livid. I get they are frustrated but there are just some places a camera should not be put. I would not go to a place that had cameras in the bathroom
ButterMeUp
by Butters on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM
Exactly! These people have like what 5-6 restaurants? They went hurting for money. They can afford it.

Quoting Roxygurl:

I'd be pretty damn pissed myself. If they are that worried they need to hire a bathroom attendent



Quoting ButterMeUp:

Ew WTF? I would be fuckin pissed if they took a video of me or my DD (or husband for that matter) using the bathroom. Personally I'd sue.
Roxygurl
by Emerald Member on Jun. 21, 2013 at 3:49 PM
I'm hair surprised they haven't gotten sued yet.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

Exactly! These people have like what 5-6 restaurants? They went hurting for money. They can afford it.



Quoting Roxygurl:

I'd be pretty damn pissed myself. If they are that worried they need to hire a bathroom attendent





Quoting ButterMeUp:

Ew WTF? I would be fuckin pissed if they took a video of me or my DD (or husband for that matter) using the bathroom. Personally I'd sue.
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