Horrified grad discovers spy camera hidden in her hotel shower
It was watching her from inside the air vent
A disgusted graduate spotted a hidden camera spying on her as she showered in a hotel bathroom.
Harmony Hachey, 23, was using the cubicle at a Travelodge when she noticed a small electronic device in the wall.
On closer inspection, the Edinburgh Napier grad realised it was in a hidden camera, which was pointing directly at where she was standing naked in the shower.
She immediately told bosses at the Oxford Wheatley Travelodge, who traced the device to the janitor’s cupboard which backs onto the room.
The police are now investigating the incident, which has left Events Management grad Harmony feeling “violated”.
Travelodge has apologised after “disgusted” Harmony spotted the camera disguised behind an air vent.
She said: “I was absolutely disgusted. I got a fork and stuck it in the vent. You could see so clearly it was a camera.
“I broke down at one point. I just felt so violated.”
Harmony travelled down to Oxford from her home in Edinburgh with colleagues last Friday as she was working at an event in the area over the weekend.
She explained: “One of the girls had a shower and then I went in.
“It was the first thing I noticed. I was trying to convince myself I was crazy and it wasn’t really there.
“I had my shower and I just carried on as usual convincing myself I was crazy. I was going through scenarios in my head.”
After realising it was a camera she took a number of photographs as evidence and alerted hotel staff.
When the receptionist investigated she went to the janitor’s closet located in the main hallway at the back of the shower.
There, she found the USB cable attached to the camera, but it appeared to not be switched on.
Harmony said: “The boss was called and as soon as he saw the camera he took a plastic bag and took it out.
“After that the police came, they had a look at my pictures and looked at the camera itself and the vent.”
She then received a call from upper management, who told her it was there for maintenance.
Harmony added: “She told me to calm down and there was no footage on there. But no one had looked.”
After giving a statement to Thames Valley Police, Harmony tried to find another place to stay for the weekend, but ended up having to switch rooms.
She said: “I didn’t want to stay in that room. They moved the bed into another room.
“Later I got a call from customer services saying I was going to get a full refund and that was it.”
A spokeswoman for Travelodge confirmed that what appeared to be a camera had been found in the room and apologised to Harmony.
She said: “We can confirm that on Friday 28th August 2015 a customer at our Oxford Wheatley hotel made us aware of the presence of what appeared to be a camera in their room.
“The privacy of our customers is a matter of the highest importance to us and the hotel team investigated immediately.”
She added: “While the camera appeared to be inoperative, we have reported this matter to the police and we are now supporting them fully with their ongoing investigations.
“We would like to offer our sincere apologies to the customer affected and will remain in contact with them to ensure the matter is resolved.”