It happened at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday when both the woman, who prefers not to be identified, and her 5-year-old son were both using the single occupancy ladies restroom at a Starbucks in Lancaster.
According to AOL, her son used the bathroom first and she said he was “staring at the sink a little bit perplexed.”
Her son then asked her why there was a phone under the sink. On looking under the sink, the woman immediately spotted the hidden camera, a cellphone propped up using paper towels so that it pointed towards the toilet. She said it had “taken some work” for someone to install it there.
She said she would never have spotted it as it was below her sight line, but her son could see it clearly.
Horrified, the mother immediately notified employees at the Starbucks of the presence of the hidden camera, and they contacted the sheriff’s department.
According to Lt. Joseph Fender of the Lancaster’s Sheriff’s Station, deputies found that the cellphone was “running in a video-recording motion.”
Speaking of the hidden camera, the woman told KTLA, “It’s such a violation of privacy,” adding that this was a violation towards both her and her son.
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It is currently unknown how long the hidden camera was there and recording live, or where the video was being sent. Fender did say they were able to get some kind of surveillance video from the location, but he didn’t know the contents of the video at that time.
According to Starbucks spokesman Jaime Riley, they were disturbed by the incident and say that they take their obligation to provide a safe environment for both their customers and partners (employees) very seriously.
“Our store partners took swift action as soon as they became aware of the incident by immediately alerting the Sheriff’s Department of the situation.”
In related news, the Inquisitr reported recently on the story of several lodges and cheaper hotels in Zimbabwe where a hidden camera had been found in several of the guest rooms. It was discovered that Nigerians had installed the cameras and trained sex workers to pose with their clients for pornographic video footage.
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