A woman is urging people trying on clothes in a fitting room to be aware of their surroundings after finding a phone suspiciously held up and facing her while she was in a fitting room.
TikTok user @sunshineandfreckles posted a video on September 2, which has since garnered more than 1 million views, showing a phone slipped into a shoe in the adjoining dressing room, with the screen facing her own room.
“Always be aware of your surroundings, ladies and gentlemen,” reads the caption of her video.
According to law information website FindLaw, there are some public places where video or audio recordings can be made. However, not all recordings in public spaces are legal.
“If you intend to record someone’s conversation or activity when they should reasonably expect privacy, you could be in trouble,” FindLaw reported.
In her video, @sunshineandfreckles featured a shoe positioned in the gap between the floor and the wall of the dressing room.
A phone was propped up in the shoe and the screen was facing @sunshineandfreckles’ dressing room, although the screen appeared to be off.
Another clip in the video shows a pile of clothing covering the phone’s area. Text overlaid on the video said @sunshineandfreckles also kicked the phone across the room.
It hasn’t been made definitively clear if the other customer was recording them, 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 be recorded.
In a follow-up video, @sunshineandfreckles said she’s usually aware of her surroundings, including in dressing rooms.
“As I saw [the phone]”I panicked and literally froze,” she said. “I took this video and sent it out to a couple of people.”
@sunshineandfreckles said she didn’t undress or try on other clothes until the other customer left their own fitting room. When she left her dressing room, the other customer was gone.
“I had bad vibes all over the place and my intuition told me something was wrong,” she said.
Viewers took to the comments section to share their thoughts.
“Wow! Never considered that risk,” wrote one TikTok user.
“Kind of weird how they keep moving the shoe with valuable stuff in it even when the phone screen seemed 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 notified an employee or manager. @sunshineandfreckles responded to one of the comments suggesting this course of action and said she plans to return to the store to show the video to an employee.
news week @sunshineandfreckles reached out for more comments.
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