Shimmy Club: The nightclub that lets you spy on girls in the toilet
Over in Glasgow, there's a nightspot called The Shimmy Club and it has one unusual feature, away from the dancing, drinking and awful promotional photos they stick on Facebook; at the Shimmy, you can spy on girls while they're in the toilet.
For £800-a-pop, you can hire two private function rooms which look into the ladies toilets through a spyglass mirror, like you see in police interrogation rooms. Oh, and there's nothing in the ladies toilets telling patrons that they're being watched. Basically, posh voyeurs can watch women in the toilet like they're a trainee Chuck Berry.
A spokesman for the club, owned by the G1 Group, have said that they don't allow male or mixed-sex groups to hire the rooms, despite the fact social networks are full of photographs showing quite the opposite. And, to add to this, it seems the club are deleting any negative comments they receive on Facebook. As you can see from the photo above, the 'records and dancing' watermark is visible on an image that shows a fella watching two women through what appears to be a two-way mirror.
One woman contacted a paper to say: "I find it absolutely outrageous that a club can get away with this, it is a complete invasion of privacy of the unsuspecting girls. Nowhere is it made clear that this is the case so when visiting the bathroom for the first time, there are women bending over the sink, pouting into the mirror to redo their lipstick, adjusting themselves whilst unknowingly being watched by people on the other side."
Of course, Shimmy doesn't offer the same service looking into the gents.
Gary Hall, of G1 Group, said it was "definitely not the case" that the women's toilets were fitted with two-way mirrors, despite the fact that earlier in the week, you could book a 'smoke and mirrors' booth from the club themselves. Ironic that, when you visit the club's website, one of the first things you see is an animation of the word 'LAWLESS'.
A petition soon sprung up against the club too. While the club are denying the two-way mirrors, the video of the launch night possibly seems to show the spy-glass around 50 seconds in. Pretty damning all-in-all.