A Scottish nightclub called the Shimmy Club is being investigated by authorities due to customer complaints that the club has a secret two-way mirror that allows people in VIP areas to peek inside the women's restroom, reports the Guardian. The booths, which were allegedly part of a "Smoke and Mirrors" promotion, rent for £800 (over US $1,200). Let's rephrase that: a club in Scotland was letting people pay over $1,200 to peep on women in the bathroom without their knowledge. Supposedly there was a sign on the mirror warning women? But customers are not happy.
According to the Guardian, Kirstin Nicol, the director of risk and compliance for G1 Group, which owns the club, apologized to one customer. Nicol said there was a small sign on the mirror but that they will "put a fuller one on it to make it more effective." She added that "there is another mirror behind the wall for people to use who don't like the one at the sinks." You know, should they happen to have seen the sign.
The Daily Express went as far as to call the club trying to book one of the rooms. They were told the £800 figure and "were advised that 'for the time being' the rooms were not available for male only or mixed groups."
The Shimmy Club has released a statement via Facebook that shows they're not taking the controversy too seriously. Joking, "God help us when they find out that we have buried vibrators into sections of the dancefloor," they call the mirror "an interactive feature which we hoped would act as a talking point." Well, people are certainly talking.
The club also suspects the haters might not be cool enough to get in: "Its [sic] clear that those who are negatively commenting on line may not have been lucky enough to get past the door staff yet and viewed the area as they would have seen that the sight line is very limited and allows for glimpses into the wash up area only of the ladies loos." But both the Guardian and the Express site women who have gone to the club.
Below, the unedited statement from the Shimmy Club, as well as a clip that an YouTube account named "Exposing Shimmy" claims was taken from one of the club's promotions. In any case, the video matches photos clubgoers have tweeted of the two-way mirror.
The Shimmy Club's two-way mirror is a design feature created as a bit of fun, an interactive feature which we hoped would act as a talking point for people visiting The Shimmy. The vast majority of people who have visited the club have taken it as such. Its clear that those who are negatively commenting on line may not have been lucky enough to get past the door staff yet and viewed the area as they would have seen that the sight line is very limited and allows for glimpses into the wash up area only of the ladies loos (there is also a separate mirror area which is completely out of view of the club). Interestingly, you can see into a similar area of both the ladies and gents from the street at Corinthian Club and no-one has ever said a word. There has always been signage in the toilets which no-one has mentioned thus far but as a result of the media feedback clearer signage has been put in place to inform our female customers.
Overall our customers seem to enjoy this unique idea, loads of you have used the opportunity as it was intended and knowingly had pictures taken acting up to the camera individually or in a group of friends. However we are committed to listening to you guys who are our core customer base and hugely appreciate your loyalty so if your feedback (and not that of the media) is that you want the mirror area to change then we will listen to that and make changes.
God help us when they find out that we have buried vibrators into sections of the dancefloor...............
The Shimmy Club
Video: The Shimmy Club Mirrors
· Scottish Nightclub Investigated Over Alleged Spy Mirror in Women's Toilets [Guardian]
· A Scottish Nightclub Has Installed a Two-Way Mirror [Express]
· The Shimmy Club [Facebook]
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