Robert A. Bohannon Jr., the man who was filmed, wanted to change his pants in the men's restroom when the surveillance camera caught him in his boxers.
Smith defended the use of the camera and indicated that it was installed above an enclosed commode to catch vandals who were damaging parts of the bathroom and plumbing.
The filming was originally charged as a felony before being downgraded to a misdemeanor and Smith walked out of court free with no restrictions on his surveillance.
There are two sides to this coin:
The first side is that what Smith is doing seems to be a smart thing to do in order to catch people who try to cause damage to his establishment. If Smith feels like he needs to install cameras to catch vandals or other types of wrong behavior, it is his right to do so within his own establishment.
The other side of that coin is the perplexity of installing the camera in a restroom, which is renowned for a place of privacy in any type of establishment. Why not simply install the camera outside the bathroom to monitor all who enter?
Either way, this was an interesting string of events and a peculiar topic that warranted a court case.
By: Matthew Romeo
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