If you’ve ever dragged a heap of clothes into a dressing room, only to have none of it fit – you know what a battle shopping can be.
But we’re learning, there’s a different kind of battle raging in dressing rooms across the Tri-State. This one pits your expectation of privacy against retailer’s rights to protect themselves against shoplifters.
We’re talking about cameras in dressing rooms.
There’s an entire industry built on keeping an eye on you in stores. Closed Circuit TV cameras retailer Mike Haldas tells 14NEWS, his Florida based company has sold CCTV Camera equipment to stores in 50 states and 85 countries, and you’d be hard pressed to find a retailer in America that doesn’t have some sort of surveillance.
They’re trying to combat theft. If they can do that, a new National Retail Federation Survey shows they could potentially stop a lot of what’s called “shrinkage,” inventory lost to fraud, theft, or waste. It says stores lost $1 out of every $100 of inventory to shrinkage last year.