Creepy news: the newly opened PMQ arts hub in Hong Kong had to install panels and opaque stickers on its glass staircases and walls after receiving complaints of peeping Toms filming exposed women. Even creepier: all the HK male voyeurs are probably migrating Shanghai’s pervert paradises as we speak.
According to SCMP:
Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said similar improvements had been completed at the Central Library in Causeway Bay and a public library in Tin Shui Wai following complaints. Security patrols have also been stepped up at the two sites […].
In response to concerns, the Central Library has placed opaque films on glass surfaces and the footbridge connecting to Victoria Park, according to a spokesman of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which administers the city’s public libraries.
“The remaining works including the escalators between floors will be completed this year,” the spokesman said.
Beyond ensuring health and safety standards are met, Lai said the government cannot control what building materials are used in the construction of large public hubs such as the PopCorn and Hysan Place malls, where concerns have also been raised about glass escalators and parapets[…]
PMQ, installed in the renovated former police married quarters in Soho, has attracted huge crowds since it opened to the public last month. Panels, stickers and display boards have been added to staircases, walls and skylights that had been the subject of complaints about privacy.
While censoring the glass walkways is, unfortunately, the best way to prevent up-skirt peepers, pervs of the world will probably find some way get around it. Just look at the James Bond technology they’re working with.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Image via SCMP]