Showtime, West Yorkshire’s sports bar, was defended by its bosses, saying they are “immensely proud”The whole pub can be seen beaming footage from the loos
The popular pub was accused of showing live footage of its restrooms on TVs so that drinkers could see.
After visiting Showtime Sports Bar in Huddersfield (West Yorkshire), a disgruntled customer made the claim.
They claimed that all the records in the pub were a result of human error. Footage They broadcast them from their loos, which is done via a TV located above the toilet entrance. The whole pub can view it.
Images were taken from the inside of the pub show screens under the ‘Restrooms’ sign, which appears to be showing live feeds of the bathrooms for the ladies and the gents.
The punter replied: “The image I have taken Saturday teatime shows the owners of the premises are recording footage of both the gents’ and ladies’ toilets and, what’s more, then broadcasting it live to the whole pub via a TV above the toilet entrances.
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“Personally, I feel that this is a severe breach of privacy, and everyone that I have spoken to since witnessing this is of the same opinion and cannot believe that it is allowed to happen.”
However, the management of the venue disputes the claim and says they are “immensely proud”Their safety and security systems are designed to catch drug users and reduce overcrowding. Daily Record Reports
The bar’s toilets are restricted to authorized staff only, they said.
Ian Snowball, who co-owns the bar with his son Adam said: “In regards to toilets, ordinarily these are places where drug dealing and drug taking is prevalent, as a venue operator you can then elect to either bury your head in the sand or do something about it.
“We are a proactive organization so we can meet these challenges head-on.
“We are also looking to attract families with children and during the Covid era, we were obliged to manage the toilets to ensure that they did not become overcrowded.
“The CCTV system provides a safety net for the young and vulnerable, in addition to working towards compliance with Covid legislation and safety.
“Our facial recognition system has allowed us to quickly catch drug dealers and men who are tempted by women.
“We are immensely proud of our safety and security systems, in addition to which, most of our guests also appreciate and respect the way we run our venue in regards to safety.
“Equally, we acknowledge our practices and principles will not meet with the approval of everyone but again, as can be seen from this response, we do listen and pay attention to what everyone says, even if, at the end of the day, we do not agree.”
Adam added: “The fact that we have cameras and screens is on our website home page – it’s no secret.
“‘Pictures cannot be taken. A 3D image of a person’s face is taken and then entered into the database.
“Environmental health officers were adamant about toilets capacity during Covid restrictions and customers and staff have no realistic way of ensuring this capacity is not exceeded – our solution being the only real-world solution that worked.
“Only I, the designated premises supervisor, and the data controller have access to this CCTV camera system. If requested, footage can be provided to the appropriate authorities.”