MARYSVILLE, Calif. (CBS13) — A Yuba County convenience store’s unusual tactic to deter vandalism drew sharp criticism from customers who say the new addition to the men’s bathroom makes them uncomfortable.

The manager of the Circle K in Marysville said the surveillance camera mounted inside the bathroom has been extremely effective in curtailing vandalism in their store. The camera is a decoy and doesn’t record anything, store employees said.

The sight of the camera was still unnerving to customers like Robert Donaldson, who said he complained after spotting the electronic eye aimed straight at the sink and toilet area of the single-occupancy bathroom.

“It’s kind of shocking to see a camera inside the bathroom,” Donaldson said.

The camera was installed in November after gang symbols were carved into the wood-paneled walls of the restroom.

Legal experts say the store isn’t technically breaking any laws since the camera isn’t functional, but if it were, it would be a violation of privacy laws. The store could also open itself up to legal challenges from those who don’t realize the camera isn’t rolling.

The news is of little comfort to Donaldson, who worries that footage could somehow end up in public.

“YouTube, there’s a lot of crazy stuff going on nowadays. Who knows what it could be used for?” he said.

While unpopular, the business manager said they haven’t had any vandalism at all since the camera was put in.

Comments (137)
  1. Hillary says:

    I went into the bathroom the other day and there were webcams on the urinals. You could tell someone was watching too because after I stepped back, they flushed the urinal for me.

    1. M says:

      HAHAHAHA now THAT was funny. Thanks for the laugh. 😉

      1. blah says:

        that is really funny……

    2. Jeremiah says:

      That is a funny post, but Fred’s stupid post is even more so. He couldn’t have done it without you though, he’s too stupid!

      P.S. What are you doing in the Men’s bathroom, Hillary?

  2. Fred says:

    The flushing was most likely automatic and NOT remotely controlled.

    1. Kevin says:

      Thank Capt. Obvious!!!

    2. HM Phobe says:

      Fred, did you not see what he said? Whoever was using the camera flushed the urinal for him.

      Fred, you area a putz – quit trying to rain on a funny post.

  3. Mur Soren says:

    Why did the store reveal this, especially to a newspaper? Unbelievable.

  4. Mafuu says:

    Because odds are the people who did the damage will not be doing things like reading newspapers.

  5. Bill says:

    Former first lady is that you?

  6. roger says:

    I bet it keeps people from stealing and eating the little pink breath mints out of the urinals, too.

    1. stevo says:

      They can’t be breath mints. They taste terrible and take too long to dissolve.

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