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Woman finds drone spying on her from window on 26th floor


Woman Finds Drone Hovering Outside Her 26th-Floor Window

SEATTLE - It was 7:45 Sunday morning and Lisa Pleiss was fresh out of bed when she spotted a drone flying outside her window, potentially spying on her.



Even though her condo has floor-to-ceiling windows, she never worried about anyone seeing her partially dressed. After all, she lives 26 floors up. But Sunday morning she saw something strange hovering outside. "It was actually quite large. It appeared that there were video cameras on it," she said.

"So that's what kind of caused me alarm because I wasn't particularly dressed for a camera, by any means. I wasn't appropriate, and so that was nerve-wracking immediately," Pleiss explained, adding, "I kind of, like, hid for a second and got myself taken care of and then I went back out and looked and went to grab my camera and it swooped away really fast." But Pleiss was able to snap a picture of the drone and immediately called down to the front desk. They called police.

"It was really scary and just felt really violating. Here I can normally go around my house anyway I want and by no means did I feel that way," Pleiss said. The aerial drones equipped with cameras have now gone mainstream.

Anyone can buy one online for as little as a few hundred bucks. They are legal to operate, just like any other model aircraft, but they are certainly not without controversy.

"You're already getting a great amount of these out there and safety is going to become an issue along with legalities of people looking at their neighbors, spying on things," former FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam said.

Pleiss doesn't think she was targeted, but maybe she was in the right place at the wrong time. "Now I understand how violating it can feel when you're standing in your apartment and you don't know who's there looking at you, or potentially taking pictures of you," Pleiss said.

The men were flying the drone from a parking lot at Stewart and Terry and were apparently also videotaping it. Witnesses say the men were driving a white Mazda with no front license plate but, so far, police don't know who they are or why they were flying the drone.

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tmccull52 June 24 2014 at 12:07 PM

I suppose that a story like this was inevitable. There are always going to some deviants and perverts out there to twist any scientific or technological advancement to their own twisted needs.

If I see one of those little bastards hovering outside any window at my house, it's getting a load of birdshot right between the rotors.

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moradadavislodi June 24 2014 at 1:05 PM

We need to get used to the idea in America that there is no longer any privacy. What a shame that we have dropped so low so very fast.

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conrock54 June 24 2014 at 1:08 PM

We need to start an open season on drones immediately. See one take it down.

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fernandezarthr conrock54 June 24 2014 at 7:13 PM

...You mean Open season on All the Freaks, it would be a better solution!!!........

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Dennis Bussell June 24 2014 at 1:27 PM

Maybe she gets it now.....Time to join the Republican Party.

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YourFtr June 24 2014 at 2:33 PM

Time to stat a company selling 'personal' drones to patrol your personal air space and shoot down other flying interlopers....

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MeritaBread June 24 2014 at 12:08 PM

That's what's called a high tech peeping tom. Those guys knew what they were doing. Had she not caught them at it, they would have continued hovering outside her window watching her in bed hoping for a glimpse of whatever peepers peep for.

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rockymtnhorses4 MeritaBread June 24 2014 at 1:36 PM

You got that right!

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Kim June 24 2014 at 12:34 PM

Shoot the thing down, then shove it up Obozo's ass!

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entheoscht June 24 2014 at 2:48 PM

A.) Why would anyone want to see HER naked? B.) Why didn't she just SHOOT the stupid drone? Oh...wait...it's probably because Obama took her guns!!
I'm starting to hate this country.

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evelyon7 June 24 2014 at 12:23 PM

CURTAINS, DRAPES HAVE A REASON THEY EXIST. CURTAINS PROTECT THE DRAPES FROM THE SUN SO YOU ONLY HAVE TO REPLACE THE CUTRAINS DRAPES GIVE YOU PRIVACY DUH,

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Handsome John June 24 2014 at 3:53 PM

Well...drones are a fact of life. Close your curtains.

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