Security cameras near dressing rooms shock customer

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BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) – The last time you went shopping, how private was the dressing room you walked into?  Many of us don’t take the time to look for security cameras while trying on clothes, but when one thrift store shopper did look, she was shocked by what she saw.

While DeAnna Morris was shopping at the Ballwin Red Racks, she noticed a security camera, clearly visible, even with the door shut.  She took a video to document what she saw.  “When you’re undressing, you don’t want to see a camera. That’s an invasion of privacy,” she explains.

A Red Racks store manager showed FOX 2 the video that this security camera captures. It is pointed towards the dressing rooms, but when you enlarge the image, it’s blurry and pixelated.  The manager also let Morris view the surveillance, on a separate occasion.  Despite the poor image quality, she was still bothered by what she saw.  Morris says, “I was actually able to see a lady changing. I could see her standing there in her red bra from the waist up.”

Ballwin police investigated the placement of the security camera on the store’s ceiling, but didn’t find anything criminal about it.

The manager says this is one of several security cameras inside the store, meant to prevent shoplifting.  Proceeds from this non-profit thrift shop benefit disabled veterans.

What do other shoppers think? Glenda Mertz says, “It’s a safety precaution against shoplifting, which I’m very much against. And to be shoplifting from the veterans’ store is just unbelievable.”

“Well I can understand the reason for it, because there’s so much shoplifting going on, and the stores are losing so much money, but I think they also need to protect the privacy of the person,” adds Helen Sanders.

FOX 2 visited the other St. Louis-area Red Racks, located in Creve Coeur. None of the cameras inside that store pointed towards the fitting rooms.

Now, the Ballwin Red Racks manager says he will be changing the angle of that camera, but won’t say why.

Still, Morris wants all women to be aware, and not just at Red Racks.  “Women, you need to really, really watch those cameras when you’re changing,” she says.

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