LANCASTER, Calif. — A mother in California was horrified when her 5-year-old son discovered a cellphone recording women using the restroom inside a Starbucks.
The women, who asked not to be identified, told KTLA that her son spotted the device about 10:30 a.m. at the coffee shop near Avenue K and 10th Street West in Lancaster, Calif., about 70 miles north of Los Angeles.
“It’s such a violation of privacy,” she told the station. “Not only of mine, but my son.”
She said she took her son into the ladies bathroom and when they were finished, she noticed him staring at the sink “a little bit perplexed.”
“I asked him what was wrong and he said, ‘Mommy, why is there a phone under there?'” she recalled.
When she looked under the sink, she saw a cellphone propped up by paper towels, its camera pointing toward the toilet, KTLA reports.
Right after they found the phone, the women told workers at the cafe who contacted the sheriff’s department.
“The deputies discovered that the cellphone was running in a video-recording motion,” said Lt. Joseph Fender with the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.
Where the video was being sent or how long the phone was recording was not clear, KTLA reports.
Investigators are looking through surveillance footage but Fender said he did not know any more details about what the cameras caught.
Starbucks spokesman Jaime Riley released a statement to KTLA about the incident, saying, “We are disturbed by this incident and take our obligation to provide a safe environment for our customers and partners (employees) very seriously. Our store partners took swift action as soon as they became aware of the incident by immediately alerting the Sheriff’s Department of the situation.”