Video of a TikTok user went viral after he said he found a security camera pointed at a changing room in a shopping mall.
The video, posted by TikTok user @naeevalencia, appears to show a security camera pointed at the private dressing room of the Windsor store at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, California. The store says the camera is “not active”.
“You mean tell me they watched me undress,” reads the overlaid text in the video.
TikTok users both enjoyed the discovery and struck disbelief.
âThank you, I was literally on the verge of a change,â wrote one commentator.
âI have the same video,â noted another. “I was shopping when I saw him and told an employee he hadn’t done ANYTHING.”
Others didn’t believe the camera was actually active.
âThey are tampering with cameras,â one user speculated.
âThis camera is probably facing a completely opposite direction,â said another.
Eventually, Windsor himself joined in the conversation, stating in a comment on TikTok that the camera implementation was not brand-made.
âWe want to reassure you that this camera is of the previous brand and is not active,â the company said. âWe are also having it removed permanently. “
It didn’t do much to calm the nerves of the TikTok user who shared the video first.
âThis store has been around for a while now and now [all of a sudden] you’re definitely getting rid of that camera, â@naeevalencia wrote. “I’m calling BS.”
While finding a camera in a dressing room can be overwhelming, in many states it is not illegal for stores to film someone in a dressing room.
Legal blog LegalBeagle notes that only 13 states expressly prohibit surveillance of locker rooms without buyer’s permission: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Utah and, especially for this case, California, where this Windsor store would be located.
Even in states where filming is permitted, however, people must consent to be recorded. The Video Voyeurism Prevention Law clearly states that anyone who âknowinglyâ films private space without consent is liable to a fine or imprisonment.
As a result, most major retail chains do not have security cameras in their locker rooms. An informal 2015 survey referenced by LegalBeagle found that in Evansville, Indiana, a city in a state where locker room surveillance is legal, most stores do not use surveillance cameras in cubicles. fitting.
Channels refraining from this practice in the investigation include Charlotte Russe, Dillard’s, The Gap, Old Navy, Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret.
For now, TikTok users have taken this video as a sign to be a little more careful in the changing rooms of shopping malls.
âThat’s why I don’t try anything in store anymore,â one user said.
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* First published: November 17, 2021, 12:44 a.m. CST
Braden Bjella is a cultural writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, SchÃ¶n! magazine, and more.