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March 8, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Surveillance camera orientation

Cvs_sReader Louie sends in a picture taken in Washington DC:

I was walking in an alley behind a CVS Pharmacy when I saw this surveillance camera pointed towards a closed window as opposed to the street.

This is definitely not the most effective security system.


The window's frosted too! Do the guards have a bathroom obsession?

I truly wonder if anyone watches the camera. This one is hilariously Broken.

Posted by: game kid at March 8, 2006 12:19 AM

literally broken yes, it appears the mounting braket has come off the wall, and it should be fixed.

Posted by: Michael at March 8, 2006 12:30 AM

Thats what they WANT the employees to think. They're monitoring if they are taking some special 'prescriptions' of their own.

Posted by: BlastYoBoots at March 8, 2006 12:39 AM

Big Brother is watching...

Posted by: Nathan at March 8, 2006 08:33 AM

Quick question: What was LOUIE doing in the the alley behind the CVS Pahrmacy? AH HA!

Posted by: SDIgroup at March 8, 2006 08:53 AM

Some cameras are made to look like they are going in the opposite direction, but I still think it's broken.

Posted by: Riblet15 at March 8, 2006 10:12 AM

The important message in the picture is : Do not trespass this wall or you'll get prosecuted!

Isn't this sign supposed to be on a fence ?

Posted by: Dan at March 8, 2006 10:21 AM

Probably a fake camera anyway.

Posted by: Reed at March 8, 2006 10:50 AM

As was pointed out in the second post... someone literally broke the camer's mounting. Why the original poster couldn't see his, I don't know.

Or, if he did notice it, why is he posting it here instead of walking into the pharmacy to point out that their Camera's been broken (if they did't already know)?

Posted by: MinkOWar at March 8, 2006 12:59 PM

Monitoring a 'public' alley could be construed as invasion of privacy or some such nonesense. Monitoring the 'access' point, ie the window, bypasses that ridiculous possiblity. Since the window is frosted the camera does not monitor the inside of the room so avoids that possible legal hassle. Compromise, compromise!

Posted by: Bluie at March 8, 2006 01:40 PM

Actually, you *can* monitor public spaces. The only invasion of privacy comes when you try to take a picture or video of something that you couldn't see, unaided (zoom lens, x-ray) from a public place. Ergo, camera in public alley, legal.

Second poster was spot on- the bracket has come loose from the wall. As for telling the people inside...why? If they're watching the camera, they know already, and if they're not...well, they don't need it all that much, do they?

Posted by: =David at March 8, 2006 04:50 PM

broken is broken, but how does posting this "make businesses more aware of their

customer experience, and how to fix it" ?

Posted by: broken at March 8, 2006 07:20 PM

It's not stealing until you leave the premises with the goods so perhaps they mean to catch the crooks on the way out the window! need of a repair ASAP

Posted by: ... at March 8, 2006 07:59 PM

My employer put a fake smoke alarm surveillance camera above a BBQ pit. Obviously big brother is watching.

Posted by: Capt. Wafer at March 8, 2006 08:18 PM

heh, that's literally broken, agreed.

i'm watching you >_>

Posted by: _ at March 8, 2006 09:44 PM

heh, that's literally broken, agreed.

i'm watching you >_>

Posted by: _ at March 8, 2006 09:44 PM

heh, that's literally broken, agreed.

i'm watching you >_>

Posted by: _ at March 8, 2006 09:45 PM

Whahaha, this is so funny (NOT)

Posted by: Theo Meijer at March 9, 2006 11:57 AM

A great deal of the surveillance in businesses is aimed at controlling employee theft. Perhaps CVS employees were tossing merchandise out the window.

Or, perhaps, the camera is just broken.

Posted by: Michelle at March 10, 2006 12:49 AM

It's so obvious. The camera is watching the reflection on the window. That way it looks broken but it's not.

But really, I agree with the 2nd post

Posted by: im_an_alien at March 14, 2006 08:19 PM

Maybe they're trying to catch Spider Man crawling up the wall and into the window?

Posted by: Who? at March 17, 2006 01:56 PM

Shouldn't the camera be INSIDE the store?

Posted by: joe at March 30, 2006 03:40 PM

yup, its broken, see 2nd post

Posted by: stupid at April 19, 2006 12:45 AM

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