A restaurant in California is facing backlash after a customer found a security camera positioned under the bar, which she believed was directed towards women’s skirts.
CUSTOMER’S PRIVACY CONCERNS IGNITE CONTROVERSY AT A RESTAURANT IN CALIFORNIA
Lindsay Lahargoue, who was dining at a restaurant in California, particularly, Sampino’s Kitchen in Sacramento, raised concerns about the placement of the camera, leading to a hostile interaction with the owner of the said restaurant in California, and ultimately being asked to leave. The owners of the restaurant in California in question defended themselves, stating that the camera had not been in use since the pandemic. Moreover, they argued that the camera was originally installed and placed to monitor the crosswalk outside during a time when indoor dining was not allowed.
HIDDEN CAMERA AT A RESTAURANT IN CALIFORNIA RAISES CONCERNS OVER CUSTOMER SAFETY
Lahargoue expressed shock and anger upon discovering the concealed camera at the restaurant in California, emphasizing her expectation of privacy and the impact it had on her well-being, given her history as a victim of sexual assault. The owners of the restaurant in California argued that the camera was inactive and intended for security purposes during a time of increased crime incidents. The police investigation confirmed that the camera at the restaurant in California was not recording and had not been functional within the previous 24 hours. The incident has sparked a debate about privacy expectations, the restaurant’s responsibility for customer safety, and the appropriate use of surveillance technology.