HOUSTON (KTRK) - Taking a trip to the restroom is usually a private experience, but not for customers at a restaurant in Houston.
Patrons might not notice on their first trip, or even their second trip, but there are surveillance cameras in the restrooms at Wolfie's Restaurant on Lake Conroe near Houston. When customer Patrick Winter spotted what appeared to be cameras above the doorway in the men's restroom, he was in utter disbelief. Disbelief soon turned to anger, and Winter decided to approach the restaurant manager about the situation.
"He basically just said he'd look into it and that's as far as it went. But you cannot have cameras that operate in the bathroom or dressing room. That invades the privacy of your customers," says Winter.
According to Houston legal analyst Joel Androphy, by recording "ongoings" in the men's restroom, no matter the reason, Wolfie's is breaking Texas law. Representatives of the restaurant say that the cameras are there to catch whoever keeps vandalizing the restroom. They also claim that the cameras are turned only towards the sink.
Wolfie's has posted a sign in the restaurant warning customers that the cameras are there. According to the manager: "If guys don't want to be on camera, they don't have to go to the bathroom".
Some customers say that it is an invasion of privacy, others don't seem to mind the cameras. Winter's main concern is what the restaurant is doing with the recorded footage.
"With the technology now it could be going onto a hard drive that somebody could be hacking into- it could be on the computer, it could be all over the internet now," he argues.
For now, the restroom cameras are still rolling.