It's after midnight and I'm still awake, seething at this hotel's management.
I went to use the hot tub earlier this evening. There were two others there when I got there, and the tub is large and reasonably comfortable. The others left, and after a while I got up to leave, too. As I was drying off, I spotted a security camera high on the wall, with one of those cute-sy "smile, you're on candid camera" notices below it. The camera and sign were placed in such a way that no one entering the room would see it.
Of course, I immediately reviewed my behaviour in what I had thought was a private space. Did I touch myself in appropriately? Did I pick my nose, or adjust my private parts? What if I'd had my wife with me, and we'd had what we thought were private moments? We would not have realized we were creating a fantasy recording for some perverted peeping tom. And even though I didn't do anything that was improper or inappropriate, I feel absolutely outraged and violated at this hotel's surreptitious recording of the hot tub area.
If you're putting up a camera to deter or identify criminal behaviour, you put a warning notice that surveillance equipment is being used in a place where people coming in will see it. If you're just hoping for some low-quality soft-core pornography, you do what this hotel has done.
Otherwise, the hotel is fine, but it doesn't make up for their technological voyeurism.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From Geysers to Glaciers(tm), the All Seasons Inn & Suites is located along US Hwy.89, The shortest most scenic route between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, in the beautiful Smith River valley town of White Sulphur Springs, Montana. The hotel is 100% SMOKE-FREE, family owned and operated, with seasonal packages to help you explore the great outdoors. Free continental breakfast and wireless internet, business center, free White Sulphur Springs Airport shuttle, 24 hour front desk, rv/bus parking, winter-plug ins, lobby with fireplace, meeting room, and guest laundry. This is a great location for your business/group meetings, retreats, family reunions, or that special getaway. ... more less