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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Voyeur Vigilante

What would you do if you saw a cell phone sticking out from under your dressing room or bathroom door taping you?

Heather Seamons saw a voyeur trying to tape her in a Forever 21 dressing room. She left her room half-dressed, banged on the door, confronted the man, and alerted the clerks. The clerks let the man go (probably because they were about 16) and questioned Heather instead. She wouldn't stop, however, insisted on calling security, the police, and the news. I'm so proud of her for going public and trying to find this jerk.

You can probably guess how I'd react. I hope you have an image of me absolutely LOSING IT in a public place. I don't know if "confront" is the right word as much as calling on all the powers in the universe to unleash a storm of fury that wouldn't stop until the man was cowering on the ground duck-and-cover style in absolute terror.

And then I'd press charges. And I'd make sure his computers were confiscated so that he could be charged on multiple counts. Then I'd Google-bomb his name and image. I'd see him prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

I despise people who violate women and children. I would be their millstone. Why? Because I have the strength to do it, and so often, those victims do not. I have a problem not getting involved when my friends are being spitefully used. And if you try to spitefully use me? That would be a mistake.

What would you do?

24 comments:

Mrs. Organic said...

I don't think he'd know what hit him. That's what.

But I'm thinking I'd video his phone taping me, and trace it all the way back to his face. Video that, homeboy.

Fig said...

I'd call you.

Candybottomgirl said...

I'm no wet blanket, but I'm with Fig, I'd probably call you too. I'd just want to witness the smackdown and verbal assault. Then I'd beat him down with my bag. It has buckles.

"Lucky" said...

This happened to me, years ago before cell phones had recording capabilities. I was about 24ish.

But it was a compact mirror on the floor of a dressing room.

As I was changing, I noticed a shine on the floor. When I looked to see what it was, all I could see was a creepy eyeball watching my every move.

You THINK you'd react a certain way, but I was instantly shocked and unable to process what was happening. I freaked out in my head, but not externally. Covering my parts, I loudly said, "Excuse me I'm dressing in here." He grabbed the mirror with his creepy little hand and left as I stood in my little cube stunned.

Nobody was nearby. I quickly dressed and found my mother, still frozen from what happened, barely able to explain what went on. We found a store manager who was able to quickly catch the guy (he was still in the store, drunk and drugged up) and filed a report, which they forwarded to the police.

It's been over 15 years since that happened and I still have reservation about trying on clothes in a store unless I'm sure there's protection. Sometimes I buy stuff to take home and if it doesn't work I will take it back, but usually I forget and my receipt expires and I end up donating it.

Yeah, now that I know better, I'd scream and yell and scream and yell and maybe kick and punch...

Amy said...

I think if it were me, I'd actually laugh at the guy and then sit on him until someone called the cops. You wanna see a 37 year old mother of 6 in her mormon undies? Well, then you are a sick idiot and you deserve to sit in jail and take stock of your perverted life. However, if someone tried that with one of my children? I'm not sure there is a hole anywhere on earth where he would be safe from me and the pain I would inflict. In fact, he would be grateful for the police to drag him away from the woman gouging his eyes out.

Cardine said...

How very timely. I was just contemplating today the appropriate response to creepos who think that they can touch people however and whenever. I still haven't come up with the right answer, but I do know that it involves them taking responsibility for their actions in some way. Retribution is a good word. I just haven't figured out how you can really right that wrong, though.

Kalli Ko said...

I'd go apeshit, that's what I'd do.

liz said...

I missed your blog- it's been good to catch up. I love your writing. you crack me up.

Congratulations on baby! I am not pregnant and I have many days like the post you wrote for Behaved Badly. ;-)

Melody said...

Great post. Thanks for writing about this.

And for the line: "I would be their millstone."

I hope you don't mind if I use it in a poem one day. I'll cc it to you when it happens and you can feel immortalized. (As if this blog isn't enough.)

Kim said...

I would make his life as miserable as possible. I am so glad that Heather is standing up for herself and trying to find this jackhole.

Vern said...

I would grab the phone and rub it between my boobs and say, "You want a Christmas card? HERE'S YOUR CHRISTMAS CARD." And then I would probably stomp on his phone until parts flew.

dalene said...

Good for Heather. And for you. And everyone who stands up.

What would I do? The only fury of which hell would hath more should it happen to me would be the fury that would fly should the victim be my child.

dalene said...

But wait. I'm not done. I think we all need to call Forever 21 and tell demand they educate their employees--16 or not--on protocol for dealing with this kind of situation. Because their response was LAME-O!

luckyzmom said...

It is paralyzing to be violated in that way.

dmarie said...

i would pretty much do what you said. i wouldn't care if the whole store saw me in my underwear. i'd make that man pay.

craftyashley said...

I'd give him a real show! After seeing my skin apron and stretchmarks, his days of a creepy voyeur would probably cease immediately.

But if it were my kids in the dressing room? He'd be trying to pry the metal clotheshanger out of his butt. And icing his head- my diaper bag is hefty... and I'm adept at swinging it ninja style.

... plus I'd steal his phone. Hopefully he'd be a techy voyeur with an iphone 4.

Michelle said...

I think the thing that most pisses me off about this story is the employees reaction to it. WTF?? You can bet that I'd be contacting everyone at F21 regarding their behavior. WHY would they let him go?

Jenny said...

I think the very first thing I would do is rip the phone right out of the loser's hand

Amy Jones said...

Beat the hell out of him. I'd probably get sued...but you just don't mess with me, jerk.

I'm totally for calling Forever 21. What the crap?

Laura--The Balanced Housewife said...

Unfortunately, Forever 21 is one of those places (like Wal-Mart) where employees can get fired if they try to save the day by detaining possible criminals. I boycott those places because I believe shoppers have a right to feel safe in stores.

But for what I would do, oh my heaven, what wouldn't I do? He'd get a swift kick to his pants, and I ain't talkin' about the back of 'em. Maybe a few kicks, just to make sure he can't get physical pleasure anymore.

Morgan said...

Wow! I would freak out and throw a fit. Hopefully I would keep calm long enough to step on the hand and grab the phone. (You know, like on those cop shows when they are grabbing a knife!)

I went into a changing room at BIG 5 one time and could see from the top of the door a good view of the security cameras. I remembered from my younger days of dance recitals that "if you can see the audience from the wings, they can see you!" I figured the same thing goes for cameras. I quickly hid out of sight, changed back into my clothes, warned the person that was next in line to change, then went and spoke with the front desk. When I questioned them about the camera and told them how uncomfortable I was, they seemed surprised. I couldn't believe that nobody had said anything before. The manager intervened (politely) and showed me the monitors. If I wouldn't have been able to see with my own two eyes that the camera only had view of the front door, I would have taken it further.

Very poor placement of a camera, and very poor timing for the employer that was just innocently working. I am pretty sure they weren't anticipating the accusing lecture they received from me.

Annette Lyon said...

I'd like to think I'd go crazy on the guy, but I'd probably be like Lucky--stunned into paralysis.

In happy news, it looks like they arrested the jerk:
http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/51490342-76/dressing-pacholick-police-woman.html.csp

Barb @ getupandplay said...

AMEN. I have a serious lump in my throat from reading this:

"I despise people who violate women and children. I would be their millstone. Why? Because I have the strength to do it, and so often, those victims do not."

I hope I would have the strength to be like you and Heather- I fear I would be shocked into numbness as well if that happened to me. However, right now I am not a victim and I too, have the strength to stand up for the victimized and I hope I do.

Bebe McGooch said...

I'm right there with Kalli Ko.

Is it evil of me that I read this and thought, "Boyfreund, is that you?" Because I swear my ex-boyfriend is just that creepy. Hahaha. Oh and the captcha is: weback.

We got your back, Heather! And if this ever happens to me, may I have the right frame of mind to stomp on that hand and raise some mother effing hell.