A woman urges people who try on clothes in a fitting room to be aware of their surroundings after she found a phone standing suspiciously upright and facing her while she was in a dressing room.
TikTok user @sunshineandfreckles posted a video on Sept. 2 that has since been viewed more than 1 million times, showing a phone tucked into a shoe in the adjacent fitting room, with the screen pointing toward her own room.
“Always be aware of your surroundings, ladies and theydees,” read the caption of her video.
According to the law information website FindLaw, there are some public places where video or audio recording can take place. However, not all recordings in public places are legal.
“If you intend to record someone’s conversation or activity when they can reasonably expect privacy, you could be in trouble,” FindLaw reports.
In her video, @sunshineandfreckles showed a shoe in the gap between the floor and the wall of the dressing room.
There was a phone in the shoe and the screen was facing @sunshineandfreckles’ fitting room, although the screen appeared to be off.
Another clip in the video shows a pile of clothing covering the area of the phone. Text overlaying the video stated that @sunshineandfreckles also kicked the phone across the room.
It’s not made clear whether the other customer was recording her, but @sunshineandfreckles shared a video showing it’s possible to record someone while the screen appears blank.
In the clip, she showed that she could start recording and turn off the phone screen while the video continued to record.
In a follow-up video, @sunshineandfreckles said she’s mostly aware of her surroundings, including in fitting rooms.
“When I saw [the phone]”I panicked and I literally froze,” she said. “I shot that video and sent it to a few people.”
@sunshineandfreckles said she didn’t undress or try on other clothes until the other customer had left their own fitting room. By the time she left her fitting room, the other customer was gone.
“I was getting bad vibes everywhere and my intuition was telling me something was wrong,” she said.
Viewers took to the comments section to voice their opinion.
“Wow! Never thought of that risk,” wrote one TikTok user.
“A bit strange how they keep pushing the shoe with valuables in it even when the phone screen didn’t seem to be off,” commented another viewer.
“The fact that he didn’t say anything when his phone was kicked across the room,” read one comment, followed by several red flag emojis.
Some said they would have notified an employee or manager. @sunshineandfreckles responded to one of the comments suggesting taking this course of action, saying she plans to return to the store to show the video to a staff member.
News week has reached out to @sunshineandfreckles for further comment.
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