An Ontario woman warns after she says a hidden camera was found in a Tim Hortons restaurant.
Hamilton resident Emily Hasler told CTV News Toronto that her sister found the camera around 11 a.m. Sept. 22 in a Tim Hortons, located at 30 Queenston Road, when she was with her young child.
“When my niece had finished going to the bathroom, my sister-in-law was cleaning her up and noticed that there was a camera hidden in the corner,” she said.
A phone would have been placed in a garbage dump, with a small gap around the camera. She said the phone was connected to a battery, which allowed the camera to work longer.
Photos posted to Facebook show the phone placed in an empty Tim Hortons cup, with what looks like tissue paper on it.
Hasler said the restaurant manager was aware and a security camera showed what appeared to be a man entering the bathroom with the device.
“The men’s room was closed due to plumbing issues,” Hasler said. “I think they let the men use the women’s restrooms, which I think would be the moment the man walked in there undetected.”
Police have confirmed that they are investigating the incident and said that when officers arrived on the scene, the cell phone was still recording. Officers seized the cell phone as evidence.
“It’s scary for anyone to find a cell phone in such a sensitive area,” said Hamilton Police Cst. said Indy Bharaj.
The investigation is still ongoing, police said. No charges have been filed and there are currently no suspects.
“It’s like a foul,” Hasler said. “After that you just feel disgusted.”
“You don’t know it wasn’t streaming. Was it just recording? We do not know.”
Hasler said the coffee shop is on the east side near an elementary school, and at the end of the day there are usually lots of students inside buying treats and drinks.
The family is now warning others to be mindful of their surroundings.
“I always go to the bathroom. I don’t think, ‘Hey, should I look around for a camera?’ But the reality is there are sick people out there.”
CTV News Toronto has contacted Tim Hortons for comment, but has not received a response.