An idiotic design choice taken by a Shanghai mall has attracted the ire of female customers and the delight of a creepy contingent of male voyeurs.
Global Harbor, a new(ish) shopping mall on Zhongshan Road, features a transparent skywalk on the fourth floor. Not frosted glass mind you, completely transparent, meaning that any woman who crosses the walkway in a skirt or dress (and with temperatures approaching 40 degrees in Shanghai at the moment, this is most women) is on display to anyone below, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by Shanghai’s creepiest denizens.
Shanghai Daily reports:
Understandably, the see-through skywalk has been dubbed as the “bridge of accidental exposures” by netizens.
“It is so sickening to see the peeping toms taking pictures,” wrote a netizen “Sarah.”
“But it is also so inconsiderate of the shopping mall to design a bridge that embarrasses female customers,” she said.
Another netizen “Elsa Xu” penned: “The decorations of the shopping mall are quite impressive and the food is not bad. But girls, do not dare to go across the skywalk in skirts.”
“You would better wear pants as the glass bridge may easily get you exposed. And very often customers can be seen taking pictures from below,” said Xu.
On it’s official microblog, the company which operates the mall commented on a number of other complaints from customers, but did not respond to concerns about the skywalk.
There were complaints last year of the “excessive use of transparent glass” in Shenzhen architecture, making it easy for peeping toms to find positions from which to take creepshots, a fact the Southern Metro Daily illustrated by publishing a gallery of upskirt photos.