Woman Warns About Potential Trick to Record People in Changing Rooms

A woman is urging people trying on clothes in a fitting room to be aware of their surroundings after she found a phone that was suspiciously propped up and facing her while she was in a changing room.

TikTok user @sunshineandfreckles posted a video on September 2 that has since amassed more than 1 million views, showing a phone that was placed in a shoe in the adjacent fitting room, with the screen pointing in the direction of her own room.

"Always be aware of your surroundings ladies and theydees," read the caption of her video.

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Above, a stock image of a woman inside a fitting room. A woman urged people to be cautious of their surroundings in a now-viral video after she noticed a phone was potentially recording her in a fitting room. mheim3011/iStock

According to the law information website FindLaw, there are some public places where video or audio recordings may occur. 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, then you could be in trouble," FindLaw reported.

In her video, @sunshineandfreckles showed a shoe positioned in the gap between the floor and the changing room wall.

A phone was propped up in the shoe, and the screen was pointed into @sunshineandfreckles' fitting room, though the screen appeared to be turned off.

Another clip in the video shows a pile of clothes covering the phone's area. Text that overlaid the video stated that @sunshineandfreckles also kicked the phone across the room.

It was not made definitively clear whether the other customer was recording her, but @sunshineandfreckles shared a video that showed it is possible to record someone while the screen appears blank.

In the clip, she showed that she was able to start recording and turn off the phone screen while the video continued to record.

In a followup video, @sunshineandfreckles said she's typically aware of her surroundings, including in fitting rooms.

"When I saw [the phone], I panicked and I literally froze," she said. "I took that video, and I sent it to a few people."

@sunshineandfreckles said she did not undress or try on other clothes until the other customer left his own fitting room. By the time she left her fitting room, the other customer was gone.

"I was getting bad vibes all around, and my intuition was telling me something was wrong," she said.

Viewers took to the comments section to express their thoughts.

"Wow! Never thought of that risk," a TikTok user wrote.

"Kinda strange the way they keep pushing the shoe over with valuable stuff in it even if the phone screen seemed to be off," another viewer commented.

"The fact that he didn't say anything when his phone was kicked across the room," one comment read, which was followed by several red flag emojis.

Some said they would have notified a staff member or manager. @sunshineandfreckles replied to one of the comments that suggested taking this course of action and said she planned to return to the store to show the video to a staff member.

Newsweek has reached out to @sunshineandfreckles for further comment.

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