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Customers Concerned About Blinking Red Light Inside Walmart Fitting Room

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Customers feared a blinking red light attached to a motion sensor inside a dressing room was a hidden camera. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Customers feared a blinking red light attached to a motion sensor inside a dressing room was a hidden camera. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N. Mex. (CBS Las Vegas) – With so many tales of secret cameras and illicit surveillance, shoppers at a New Mexico Walmart could be forgiven for thinking the worst had happened when the noticed a strange red light in the fitting room.

Shelby Miller told KRQE-TV seeing the red light raised red flags. “I would think it was a camera because I’m kind of a paranoid person,” she said.

Jera Freeman used her camera to record a video of the suspected camera and posted it on her Facebook account.  “Beware…we noticed a blinking camera-like light under the mirror somewhat concealed,” she wrote. The post quickly attracted a lot of attention: more than a hundred comments and hundreds of shares.

But a spokeswoman for Walmart said it’s not a camera. “We appreciate the feedback from our customers, that’s how we improve. We want our customers to know that we take environmental sustainability very seriously at Walmart and this is one of our efforts to improve energy efficiency by including motion light sensors in our dressing rooms. These sensors are similar to sensors we use in our frozen cases.”

The motion detector is designed to turn off the lights when no one is inside.

Since customers started questioning the red light, the store put up signs saying “motion sensors are used for lights in fitting room.”

Still, some customers suggest the store should move the suspicious sensor. “I mean, possibly put them outside the fitting rooms like maybe on the door or the outside, when somebody walks in then it turns on,” suggested shopper Shelby Higgins.

The woman who posted the video told the station that when she asked Walmart employees about the red light in the fitting room, they didn’t know what it was at first. Freeman added she never expected her video to get so much attention.

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