After a spy camera was found hidden inside the air freshener of a Hangzhou Starbucks last week, Shanghai Starbucks spokesman Huang Yun says “The incident in Hangzhou is just a single case… Our toilets are absolutely safe and we staff also use them.” From Shanghai Daily:
…A female customer found the camera, a black cigarette-pack-sized box, inside an air freshener. A man who had used the toilet before the woman was initially a suspect, but was later released. Apple Daily, a Hong Kong based newspaper, claimed that Starbucks planned to check more than 200 outlets in the Yangtze River Delta region for devices. Huang said there were no plans to do this.
Not entirely comforting that they are refusing to search the bathrooms in Shanghai because they insist there’s no need. All they’ve done is encouraged employees to be more vigilant in their protection of customers’ safety. Well, unless that involves installing cameras in the toilets to make sure nobody else is installing cameras in the toilets, I think the air fresheners could use at lease a quick sweep, don’t you?