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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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To: Enterprise

51 posted on 05/18/2005 6:12:23 PM PDT by octobersky
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To: mikrofon; pissant

Oh no you didn't gotchme. Aqualung was smart enough to say nothing further. Had he said he was eyeing little girls with bad intent they would have arrested him on the spot as a suspect. Aqualung knows his rights! HA!


52 posted on 05/18/2005 6:12:50 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
They should have get a group of Scottish gents in full regalia to go traipsing around the streets of New York.

Then the police can just hang out and listen for the screams of nerds when these kilt clad men cross the plane of a camera pointing skyward.

I'm sure the hysterical blindness from the shock would be guarantee a conviction.
53 posted on 05/18/2005 6:13:27 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: montag813

Guess the perp had Grate Expectations with the hidden camera.


54 posted on 05/18/2005 6:14:08 PM PDT by sitkaspruce
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To: pissant
Yours?

No, at the time I was like 12 or 13 and wouldn't have even considered the idea.

That said, in retrospect now, it feels weird, thinking that it probably was a child molester (if she was telling the truth) near her sisters school.

55 posted on 05/18/2005 6:14:40 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Enterprise

But did they smell your Locomotive Breath?


56 posted on 05/18/2005 6:15:41 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

That should work. Nothing like an bare pickle to get a shriek!


57 posted on 05/18/2005 6:16:33 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

I know it would make me scream in horror.

On the rare occasion when I do go skirt spelunking, I don't want to find anything I can find while I'm alone.

(shudder)


58 posted on 05/18/2005 6:18:37 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

Stay away from Seattle then. It's a 50/50 proposition!


59 posted on 05/18/2005 6:19:38 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant
"But did they smell your Locomotive Breath?"

Yes, it was thick as a brick. And BTW - I would turn up the volume to Locomotive Breath to pain levels. One of the all time great rock songs - IMO.

60 posted on 05/18/2005 6:20:54 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

Jethro Tull Bump!

One of my top 5 bands of all time!!!!!


61 posted on 05/18/2005 6:21:53 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

Is this "Candid Camera 2005"?


62 posted on 05/18/2005 6:23:06 PM PDT by conshack ((Illegal immigration is the #1 threat to Homeland Security))
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To: martin_fierro
Well, I'll be tie-dyed!
63 posted on 05/18/2005 6:23:17 PM PDT by mikrofon (JG's Grateful Dead)
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To: conshack

we'll have to check the footage to be sure...


64 posted on 05/18/2005 6:24:28 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

nowadays?? in new yawk city?? it would be a shriek of joy probably!!!!!!


65 posted on 05/18/2005 6:26:10 PM PDT by cajun-jack
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To: Dont Mention the War
Honey, if millions of men can identify you personally by seeing a grainy TV shot of your naughty bits . . .

Did you see the size of that mole?!

66 posted on 05/18/2005 6:26:12 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: cajun-jack

Is NYC full of poofers too?


67 posted on 05/18/2005 6:27:24 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant
...making it possible for the video to be saved and then uploaded onto the Internet.

URLs, dammit! We want URLs!

68 posted on 05/18/2005 6:28:20 PM PDT by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.7)
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To: martin_fierro

disGrateful!
;-)


69 posted on 05/18/2005 6:29:11 PM PDT by Huskr4Bush
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To: pissant
LOL

It would just kill me to have to break a transsexual, but some things just demand a violent response and thats one of them.

I'll just avoid the left coast entirely.
70 posted on 05/18/2005 6:31:10 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: Dr.Zoidberg

It's just the Seattle area. The rest of Washington is Gods country!


71 posted on 05/18/2005 6:32:16 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

Hehehehe


72 posted on 05/18/2005 6:33:32 PM PDT by Dr.Zoidberg (Children's classic songs updated for Islam "If you're happy and you know it, Go Kaboom!")
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To: solitas

URLs?

Undies

Rears

Legs


73 posted on 05/18/2005 6:34:46 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: pissant

Hey Bevis, they found my camera.


74 posted on 05/18/2005 6:47:48 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Time to get rid of the UN and the ACLU)
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To: Enterprise

Yeah but you were eyeing little girls with bad intent lol


75 posted on 05/18/2005 6:49:48 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: rodguy911

76 posted on 05/18/2005 6:50:10 PM PDT by pissant (Pissant - Life coach extraordinaire)
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To: JimC214

77 posted on 05/18/2005 6:54:04 PM PDT by Enterprise (Coming soon from Newsweek: "Fallujah - we had to destroy it in order to save it.")
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To: cardinal4
Bill Clintons office is in NYC, the camera is found in NYC. Coincidence? I think not..

You can bet the MSM won't make the connection.

78 posted on 05/18/2005 6:56:29 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: pissant

The police (who planted the camera in the first place) are reviewing the contents of the hard drive so they can identify the victims.


79 posted on 05/18/2005 6:57:41 PM PDT by Williams
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To: JimC214

Now I might, I say might, be guilty of eyeing these girls. But only when my wife isn't looking ya understand.

80 posted on 05/18/2005 6:58:03 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

Seems to me like a terrible waste of time and money. 75% of women wear slacks or jeans these days, most of the ones who wear skirts wear panty hose which is about as exciting as looking at slacks. The ones they actually see with bare legs cant see much more than legs, its kinda dark where the goodies are, That means about 1% of the camera shots being only half decent.
Bring back non air conditioned cars and flared skirts and women wearing garters and nylons and I will drive my big rig next to them anyday and pass on the upskirt cameras.


81 posted on 05/18/2005 7:07:33 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Leapfrog
How could that guy possibly see what is wrong with the car's engine from that angle?

What an idiot!

82 posted on 05/18/2005 7:15:10 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Enterprise

Yeah, but they actually WANT you to look at them. A little different from someone's daughter/sister/mother wearing a skirt out in public.


83 posted on 05/18/2005 8:06:14 PM PDT by Voss
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To: Voss

No argument there. Guys with "upskirt" cams need a broken nose for their efforts. Not that I'm advocating violence though.


84 posted on 05/18/2005 8:10:13 PM PDT by Enterprise (Coming soon from Newsweek: "Fallujah - we had to destroy it in order to save it.")
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To: sgtbono2002

Perhaps one of the reasons some women wear slacks or jeans is because that way they don't have to worry about men trying to get a peek at their privates.


85 posted on 05/18/2005 8:11:01 PM PDT by Voss
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To: Enterprise

Heh, of course not--I didn't get the impression that you would advocate violence OR peeping toms. And I can appreciate a man wanting to look at women other than his wife, and frankly your post was kinda cute. I think I'm reacting to the fact that I equate "conservative man" with "gentleman," and sometimes men post things on this board that aren't at all gentlemanly. I have to assume that that's NOT how they act in the real world.

(I also think that as my nieces get older I get more sensitive about these things.) :-)


86 posted on 05/18/2005 8:19:37 PM PDT by Voss
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To: pissant

Do ya'll think Helen Thomas ever walked over that grate?


87 posted on 05/18/2005 8:21:25 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: Voss
"(I also think that as my nieces get older I get more sensitive about these things.)"

Like the old guy told me once, when his daughter was young and would bring a date home, he would be seated at his table cleaning his guns and knives.

88 posted on 05/18/2005 8:33:58 PM PDT by Enterprise (Coming soon from Newsweek: "Fallujah - we had to destroy it in order to save it.")
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To: Dont Mention the War

I bet he was grateful it wasn't discovered sooner!


89 posted on 05/18/2005 8:46:15 PM PDT by Cobra64
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To: Enterprise

LOL


90 posted on 05/18/2005 9:22:52 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: pissant

I saw an article about some Norwegians that were fired for viewing porn at work. They sued and won. I'd bet some MTA worker of Norwegian desent is " behind " this.


91 posted on 05/18/2005 9:56:06 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Voss

Using that same logic it could be that some women wear skirts so men can look at their privates.


92 posted on 05/19/2005 3:33:18 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: pissant
You got the culprits. Call the fbi, call the aclu, call the democratic party, call someone quick they look dangerous.
93 posted on 05/19/2005 6:00:10 AM PDT by rodguy911 (Time to get rid of the UN and the ACLU)
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To: shaggy eel

Voyeur's are a weird lot ~ yep, there'll be a tax added tomorrow, especially in NYC. :)


94 posted on 05/19/2005 7:43:29 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: hispanarepublicana
Do ya'll think Helen Thomas ever walked over that grate?

DAMN YOU.

95 posted on 05/19/2005 7:47:54 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: windcliff

What happened to good old fashioned shoe mirrors?


96 posted on 05/19/2005 7:50:21 AM PDT by stylecouncilor
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To: shaggy eel

How did she know it was a skirt cam??? I think it's disgusting how people assume the worst.


97 posted on 05/19/2005 8:34:41 AM PDT by concordKIWI
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To: stylecouncilor

LOL


98 posted on 05/19/2005 9:02:56 AM PDT by windcliff
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