Beware of Tampered Hotel Peepholes

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When Kent Brewster woke up and spotted a tiny ball of paper on the carpet in front of his hotel room door, he probably had no idea how alarming the rolled up piece of paper actually was. He was sure it hadn't been there the night before, and upon closer inspection found out it fit perfectly inside his peephole.

Realizing something was awry, he opened his door and examined the peephole fixture. Brewster noticed the outer glass was easily removable, allowing someone in the hallway to peer straight into his room through the tiny hole.

"This was unbelievably creepy," admits Brewster on a Flickr page where he posted a video reenactment of his discovery of the doctored peephole. His original intent was to show hotel managers the privacy issue they had on hand, but the staff ended up being as mortified as he was.

The hotel "instantly sent housekeeping door-to-door" to check if any other peepholes had been tampered with. At the urge of his wife, Brewster posted the video online to raise awareness about the issue.


Brewster is refusing to reveal which West Coast hotel he was staying at. "The hotel manager took care of me--and was just as freaked as I was ... so I don't want to call them out by name," he told BoingBoing.net.

In an interview with USA Today, Brewster said he had never heard the tale of Erin Andrews, a sportscaster who made headlines in 2009 after she found out a now-imprisoned stalker had been filming her in hotel rooms by doctoring peepholes. Andrews is now fighting to toughen federal anti-stalking laws, and is in the process of suing Marriott International and Radisson Hotels for allegedly playing a role in helping her stalker locate her.

Since the Andrews case made news, many people have become aware of peephole-reversing devices that are of law enforcement quailty and sold relatively cheaply on the internet. If you haven't already begun checking your hotel room peepholes, now is the time to start.

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