A young boy uncovered a cellphone that was recording motion-activated video in the women's room in a California Starbucks. The sick individual who set up the cellphone propped it up under the sink with toilet paper and faced it toward the toilet to watch women while they used the restroom.
“My son used the restroom first and I used the restroom after him,” the mother told the local news station KTLA. “I noticed he was staring at the sink a little bit perplexed. I asked him what was wrong and he said, ‘Mommy, why is there a phone under there?'”
Police are unsure where the video was being sent and how long it sat at the Lancaster store undetected but they are looking into this as an official criminal case. According to Shouse California Law Group, a "Peeping Tom" violates California law as soon as a person:
- Secretly photographs or records a person's body under or through his or her clothing for the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification; or
- Secretly records or photographs another person in a private room in order to view that person's body or undergarments.
Once the person responsible is taken into police custody, they could be facing up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine for each person they caught on camera.
Starbucks spokesman Jaime Riley reached out to the local news station saying, “We are disturbed by this incident and take our obligation to provide a safe environment for our 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.”
I'll keep you updated as this story evolves. Stay tuned to my Happening Now page for more details and information as it comes to light.