ATLANTA - Police are investigating after a camera was found inside a bathroom at a popular Buckhead restaurant.
Authorities told Channel 2 Action News the camera was discovered Wednesday by customers at Red Pepper Taquería on Piedmont Road. A customer said he found the camera hidden in a ceiling vent of a bathroom.
When police got their hands on the hidden camera, it was powered off and didn't have a SIM card in it.
The thought of a camera recording customers has many of them feeling uneasy.
“That’s awful. It’s creepy,” customer Lynn La Palme said.
The man who found the camera showed it to the woman he was there with, and she posted the following picture on Instagram.
Soooo let’s talk about how last night I went to meet a friend at @redpepperatl ... (3135 piedmont road) and inside the vent directly above the women’s bathroom stall was a hidden camera! Only God knows how long it’s been there.. or how many other establishments might have one as well.. 🥵 it’s sad that we have to make sure we check our surroundings even in private and personal spaces! For example the bathroom where we all let our guard down! We did bring the situation to the attention of management (who nonchalantly brushed it off as if the violation of paying customers isn’t important in their establishment) and it was also brought to the attention of the police (which we also know how that goes sometimes 🙄🙅🏾♀️) however I do feel obligated to make other women aware! Predators are EVERYWHERE. Please pay attention and share. 💗
The couple took the camera to a manager.
Red Pepper Taquería confirmed the camera was found by a customer in one of two unisex restrooms. Management said the discovery is being taken seriously and is under investigation.
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Channel 2’s Tyisha Fernandes walked into the restaurant Friday to speak with a manager but never did.
Management didn’t return her calls, either, but they did post the following statement on Instagram:
In response to misinformation that is being circulated on social media, Red Pepper Taquería releases the following facts about an incident that occurred Wednesday evening at our Buckhead location. . . A male patron discovered a camera in one of our two unisex restrooms. The male gave the camera to a female who then alerted management. The Atlanta Police Department was called immediately by the restaurant manager when the camera was brought to management’s attention. APD checked the camera, which they discovered had no SIM card in it, checked both restrooms and questioned the accusers - - a woman and a man. The man refused to give his information to the APD. . . The camera in question is NOT the property of Red Pepper Taquería. It was brought in to the restaurant and restroom by a guest. . . We value all of our guests and appreciate their patronage. Several accusations are being shared and the purpose of this statement is to present the facts. . We are taking this unfortunate incident seriously as our goal is to provide an exceptional experience when visiting any of our locations. Thank you to those loyal and regular guests who support our restaurants and know that our team is working diligently to investigate. . . The report will be available through the APD in five days.
Police are investigating to see who hid the camera, and in the meantime, customers say they’re going to look for any other cameras now.
If you know anything about the hidden camera, you are urged to call police.
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