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Duane Reade Sued For Installing Secret Bathroom Cameras

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Bathrooms in Duane Reade drugstores are allegedly equipped with cameras intended to secretly record their employees. Apparently, managers of the store threatened that anyone who complained would be fired.

And sixteen employees are fighting back! They are suing Duane Reade in a $110 million Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit.

"To be watched in the bathroom - this really goes beyond all decency," said filing lawyer Adam Thompson. "Basically, you had an employer abridging their rights as citizens to file a complaint. Who knows how far this went?"

The surveillance camera was hidden in air vents at the Maspeth, Queens, store by a security officer, the lawsuit alleges.

When employees noticed in January 2008, managers removed it and then called a staff meeting where they were told to "let it go" or face termination.

"We don't believe the suit has merit, and we will defend ourselves in court," the company said.

Plaintiff Aldo Chumpitaz speculated that the cameras were installed to catch workers who steal merchandise.

"I saw the camera and told a supervisor, 'How is it possible?'" said Chumpitaz. "He told me, 'It wasn't working.'"

Thompson insisted the cameras "were absolutely working."

Wow. Scary.

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9 comments to “Duane Reade Sued For Installing Secret Bathroom Cameras”

  1. 1

    He probably jacks off while looking at video tapes of people using the toilet. Disgusting and creepy!

  2. 2

    OMG are they (Duane Reade) really that stupid?

    As sound as I read cameras in bathroom, I knew there would be a lawsuit and rightfully so. It's totally invading privacy and who knows what kind of perv is watching these videos.

    So disgusting.

  3. 3

    completely disgusting, but why of all the duane reades in ny… why did you show the one from greenpoint?

  4. 4

    oh so horrible, what were they doing in the bathrooms, this must be kept private. Nobody knows what happens when another person goes to the bathroom, its a magical place, different for each individual.

  5. 5

    That's a complete breach of privacy!

  6. 6

    Re: duelastar – Not really. When you volunteer your time and you work for a company that has their own rules you must abide by what they say (outfits, no tattoos,etc,etc) Don't like it..Quit.

  7. 7

    Re: NookiesWA – umm it is illegal to record someone using a restroom facility. A company has no right to invade that and you (as it is clear in a lot of your other posts) are ignorant and moronic.

  8. 8

    Stores should have most of their cameras near and in the bathrooms cause that's where most thieves steal shit. Of course not pointing at the toilets or urinals but definitely getting clear shots of people going in and out.
    Unfortunately you'll get perverts working on security having a ball with the videos.
    When people steal, stores just jack up the prices to cover the losses and guess what - we pay for it.
    I do agree with everyone who said video of people using the toilet is gross, yes, but you can aim cameras away.

  9. 9

    Wow… Duane Reade better get their money together… it's gonna be an expensive one….