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No Cameras in the Restrooms at Local Business
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
2016-01-07

Parties meet to clarify complaint

          Scores of businesses in the area utilize hundreds of security cameras to protect their establishments, employees and customers from those with illegal activities on their mind.

            Security cameras have become a way of life but Pennsylvania laws are vague regarding certain areas of implementation of security cameras leaving the "fine-line" definition up to local municipalities.  That information comes as a surprise to many people, especially those with children.

            But, there are many business owners who opt for installing signs or use a camera ruse as a way of getting the message across to those thinking of doing any unlawful deeds on their property without the use of a real video camera.  The ruse is a way of making people think twice before they act; is it or isn't it a real camera?

            Still there are some people who see what they think is a camera but really isn't.

            Such is the case at one local business that was named recently at a Pennsburg Borough Council meeting.  According to Rich Scripture, the complainant at Pennsburg Borough Council meeting, when he asked about the device in the restroom, an employee misunderstood what the device was and told him that it was a camera that monitors people coming into and out of the restroom.

            Alfredo Liguoro, an owner at the P.C. Pub in Pennsburg met with Scripture at the pub on Thursday, to explain and show that the supposed cameras are antenna for the remote control.  With 52 televisions on a wireless network, the antennas are needed to "help boost the connection" throughout the large building, Liguoro said.  And he said there are no cameras in the restrooms of the P.C. Pub.

            The Liguoro family has been flooded with negative social media, telephone and personal attacks as a result of the comments made at Pennsburg's meeting, he said. 

            Concern for security cameras located in places where reasonable expectation of privacy is expected has become an increasing concern.  While Pennsylvania laws are vague, federal guidelines imply that patrons entering a business with surveillance cameras also have no reasonable expectation of privacy.

            Pennsburg Solicitor Chuck Garner has been charged with the task of further defining the law for the borough.    


 

 

 

 

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