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"Skirt Cam" Found Under Subway Grate On Upper East Side
NY1 ^ | 5/18/05 | staff

Posted on 05/18/2005 5:34:09 PM PDT by pissant

Police found a so-called "skirt cam" under a subway grate at 88th Street and Lexington Avenue Tuesday afternoon after a woman called police saying she had noticed suspicious wires protruding from the grate as she passed by.

Police closed off the street, fearing the device was a bomb, but soon realized that it was a four-inch multi-media video camera that was pointing upward and recording passers-by.

The camera was attached to an external hard-drive, making it possible for the video to be saved and then uploaded onto the Internet.

Investigators do not consider the camera to be a threat to public safety, but they do consider it a threat to individual privacy.

Some passersby in the neighborhood who spoke to NY1 said they would think twice before ever walking over a grate again.

"It's pretty awful. It really is. I think that I walk over that every single day, but she actually wears skirts more than I do," said one woman, referring to another woman with her. "I happen to have one on today. I'm so glad that I was wearing pants [the rest of the time.]"

"It's really weird that people would actually do this," said a young girl. "I think it's disgusting."

"I generally don't walk on grates," said another woman, who added that she definitely won't be walking over grates from now on.

Police sources say investigators are looking into the possibility the camera was installed by MTA workers.

The California company that manufactures the camera says it will work with police to trace the serial number back to its owner.

A few years ago, Governor George Pataki signed a law making "video voyeurism" a felony offense in New York State, meaning the person responsible for installing the camera could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: clamcam; losers; skirts; wankers
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Darn it, they found my camera!
1 posted on 05/18/2005 5:34:10 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

What about that knot of pervs hiding under the grate with cricks in their necks? Do they scate?


2 posted on 05/18/2005 5:37:27 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not everything that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: pissant

Sick people deserve sick punishment!


3 posted on 05/18/2005 5:37:37 PM PDT by rocksblues (First there was Terri, whose next? You, me, your child, your wife?)
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To: pissant; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson

Must've made for a grate view.


4 posted on 05/18/2005 5:37:48 PM PDT by martin_fierro (KnockKnock/Who's there?/Control Freak. Now you say, "Control Freak Who?")
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To: martin_fierro

Do you think the perp will skirt the law?


5 posted on 05/18/2005 5:38:31 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

What an ingrate!


6 posted on 05/18/2005 5:39:29 PM PDT by Enterprise (Coming soon from Newsweek: "Fallujah - we had to destroy it in order to save it.")
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To: pissant
Some passersby in the neighborhood who spoke to NY1 said they would think twice before ever walking over a grate again. "It's pretty awful. It really is. I think that I walk over that every single day, but she actually wears skirts more than I do," said one woman, referring to another woman with her. "I happen to have one on today. I'm so glad that I was wearing pants [the rest of the time.]"

Honey, if millions of men can identify you personally by seeing a grainy TV shot of your naughty bits, you have far more problems in your life than worrying about grates.

7 posted on 05/18/2005 5:40:25 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (Tagline censored - no pro-WPPFF taglines allowed)
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To: Enterprise

I'm sure the guy is a pantywaist


8 posted on 05/18/2005 5:40:50 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

"It wasn't me. I was sitting on a park bench."

9 posted on 05/18/2005 5:41:59 PM PDT by Enterprise (Coming soon from Newsweek: "Fallujah - we had to destroy it in order to save it.")
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To: pissant

Grate view?


10 posted on 05/18/2005 5:42:08 PM PDT by Blue Screen of Death (/i)
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To: pissant

Round up the usual suspects.

11 posted on 05/18/2005 5:43:29 PM PDT by Enterprise (Coming soon from Newsweek: "Fallujah - we had to destroy it in order to save it.")
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To: Enterprise

you forgot the rest...."eyeing little girls with bad intent"


12 posted on 05/18/2005 5:43:44 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

Well pissant, if it were me, I would piss on it..(the grate)...


13 posted on 05/18/2005 5:44:00 PM PDT by Conservatrix ("He who stands for nothing will fall for anything.")
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To: Blue Screen of Death

I woulda put a remote contolled blower fan and filmed from my car. No imagination, these criminals!


14 posted on 05/18/2005 5:45:03 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: Conservatrix

that's why they make waterproof lenses. LOL


15 posted on 05/18/2005 5:45:43 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant; ErnBatavia; blackie; concordKIWI
"It's really weird that people would actually do this," said a young girl. "I think it's disgusting."

,,, disgusting? I think so too. Technology has replaced good old fashioned imagination. I bet there will be a wire tax introduced before breakfast time tomorrow.

16 posted on 05/18/2005 5:46:02 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: pissant

Bill Clintons office is in NYC, the camera is found in NYC. Coincidence? I think not..


17 posted on 05/18/2005 5:46:11 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Newly Discovered breed of Cephalopod - Billius Fristus)
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To: pissant

"Darn it, they found my camera!"

Good. That means mine's still there.


18 posted on 05/18/2005 5:46:47 PM PDT by toddlintown (Your papers please.)
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To: cardinal4

but Clinton still has liberal chicks willing to flip up their skirts and perform lewinsky's at the drop of a cigar!


19 posted on 05/18/2005 5:47:45 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant
88th Street and Lexington Avenue

Is that anywhere near billy jeff klinton's office?

20 posted on 05/18/2005 5:48:09 PM PDT by South40 (Amnesty for ILLEGALS is a slap in the face to the USBP!)
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To: toddlintown

LOL. I won't squeal on ya!


21 posted on 05/18/2005 5:48:10 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: South40

Isn't slick in Harlem? After seeing Hillary's pantsuits all day, can you blame him?


22 posted on 05/18/2005 5:48:59 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

I demand some evidence!


23 posted on 05/18/2005 5:49:08 PM PDT by G Larry (Promote Conservative Judges NOW!)
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To: pissant
"Police sources say investigators are looking into the possibility the camera was installed by MTA workers."

In case you missed that part.

24 posted on 05/18/2005 5:50:06 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: G Larry
This was the only one I could find!
25 posted on 05/18/2005 5:51:12 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant
Darn it, they found my camera!

Support tells me that 22 through 84 are working fine and
rotation will proceed as scheduled. No worries dude.

26 posted on 05/18/2005 5:51:36 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: SteveMcKing

Phwew! they are off my trail....


27 posted on 05/18/2005 5:51:48 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: humblegunner

good work.


28 posted on 05/18/2005 5:52:20 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

That was quick!
I think you one-upped my "47 things" response.


29 posted on 05/18/2005 5:53:20 PM PDT by G Larry (Promote Conservative Judges NOW!)
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To: G Larry; Dashing Dasher

I can read minds. I was already gonna post an upskirt pic of Marilyn anyway.


30 posted on 05/18/2005 5:54:35 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: G Larry; pissant

31 posted on 05/18/2005 5:54:46 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (an enemy of islam -- Joe Boucher; Leapfrog; Dr.Zoidberg; Lazamataz; ...)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot; rocksblues

Voyeur is a legitimate SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

You are all discriminating against FEELINGS that people were BORN with!!!


32 posted on 05/18/2005 5:55:06 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: pissant

Grate location for a camera.


33 posted on 05/18/2005 5:56:58 PM PDT by b4its2late (If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.)
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To: G Larry

34 posted on 05/18/2005 5:57:19 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: Leapfrog

That's a sure way to find a dipstick!


35 posted on 05/18/2005 5:57:38 PM PDT by G Larry (Promote Conservative Judges NOW!)
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To: Leapfrog

Is that you in the pic, perchance?


36 posted on 05/18/2005 5:57:52 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant
A few years ago, Governor George Pataki signed a law making "video voyeurism" a felony offense in New York State, meaning the person responsible for installing the camera could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.

It wasn't that long ago.

I think it was within the last 2 years (last year?).

I remember when I was a kid, a high school girl telling me that she saw a video camera sticking out of the grate near the grade school where her sister was.

37 posted on 05/18/2005 5:57:52 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Enterprise; martin_fierro; Charles Henrickson

Ha, ha -- gotcha!

38 posted on 05/18/2005 5:58:43 PM PDT by mikrofon (Bring Me the Head of Jerry Garcia)
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To: SteveMcKing

,,, during the course of any given day we may see something we're not really "meant to" by chance or accident. That's that. However, to place a camera specifically to catch images like this is not only wrong, but pretty desperate.


39 posted on 05/18/2005 6:00:45 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: b4its2late
What are these chicks complaining about. It coulda been Gamera under the grate!
40 posted on 05/18/2005 6:02:30 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: mikrofon
Jerry Garcia's saxophonist/flautist was ... Martin Fierro!
41 posted on 05/18/2005 6:04:18 PM PDT by martin_fierro (KnockKnock/Who's there?/Control Freak. Now you say, "Control Freak Who?")
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To: pissant
Having lived and worked all over the city, the question is: Why does this writer make it sound like it's the first camera ever found??

This game has been going on since they vented the tunnels in the 19th century. It's typical that the two idiots they quoted where the only two idiots in the city that weren't aware. As far back as grade school in the 50's they warned girls about walking over the grates if for nothing else then to catch their skirts when a train passed.
42 posted on 05/18/2005 6:04:21 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: pissant

Nope, I neither appear in the photograph or authored it.

(If you know where she is, please let me know!)


43 posted on 05/18/2005 6:06:10 PM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (an enemy of islam -- Joe Boucher; Leapfrog; Dr.Zoidberg; Lazamataz; ...)
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To: Sonny M

Yours?


44 posted on 05/18/2005 6:06:11 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

I told you, you should have used wireless.

Real-time collection is the way to go. You can't always count on being able to collect and upload.


45 posted on 05/18/2005 6:07:19 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

Pissant: Listen to Danny next time.


46 posted on 05/18/2005 6:07:59 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: DannyTN

Pissant: Listen to Danny next time.


47 posted on 05/18/2005 6:08:39 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: SteveMcKing
Voyeur is a legitimate SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

Whew! Thought for a minute there I was a perv.

48 posted on 05/18/2005 6:10:06 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not everything that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: pissant
The California company that manufactures the camera says it will work with police to trace the serial number back to its owner.

Never send in those registration cards!

49 posted on 05/18/2005 6:10:32 PM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813

Hmmm. There seems to be alot of good advice on FR how to do this properly. Lets start up a pay per view website!


50 posted on 05/18/2005 6:12:16 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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