In this day and age, you can never be truly too careful. With the advent of new technology and the insidious intentions of some unscrupulous individuals, danger can truly be lurking around even in the most unlikely of places. And this is especially true with recent uptick of cases involving the use hidden ‘spycams’ to intrude upon the privacy and modesty of others.
Woman allegedly finds ‘spycam’ in Penang toilet
Just recently, Facebook netizen Mikayla Mühlberger took to sharing her own concerns over community Facebook group PenangToday Community after claiming to have encountered a ‘spycam’ while using the toilet. According to her post, she explained that she had been using the restrooms at GSC Cinemas in Gurney Plaza, when she discovered what appears to be a camera lens recessed in the wall of the fourth toilet stall.
“Took a photo without flash and took another one with flash and you can clearly see someone planted the lens in the wall.” she points out.
Understandably concerned for the safety of other women who may be visiting the restroom, she decided to take it upon herself to ‘destroy’ the camera lens by using a sharp key.
She later went on to rebuke claims from others that she had mistakenly found the flushing sensor, which is typically used by some automated toilets to determine when the toilet needs to be flushed after use. In fact, she insisted that the lens had been carved into place in the divider wall.
Her actions have since left netizens divided. Some have extended their appreciation to Mikayla for destroying the purported spy camera.
While others have suggested that she should have kept the remnants of the destroyed camera as proof to show the mall management.
However, some netizens have doubted her claims, saying that the hole did not appear to be a camera, as it lacked cables and transmitters.
GSC clarifies that it’s actually a screw
Following the claims, GSC Cinemas Head of PR and Branding Sharmine Ishak has since spoken to China Press to clarify the situation at hand. According to him, the alleged ‘spycam’ was in fact a screw that had been left behind when a tissue dispensing holder from the toilet stall was moved.
“I’m not sure if every stall used the same kind of tissue dispensing holder, but the one in the fourth toilet stall was removed previously, leaving some screws behind.” he said.
It’s likely that some have believed that the screw was a ‘spycam’ due to its rounded shape. He has also urged customers to report directly to GSC staff members should they encounter anything amiss or suspicious.
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