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secret view

Woman discovers two-way mirror in a bar's ladies bathroom

It looks like a supply closet…but it’s not just that.

AN AMERICAN COMEDIAN got a surprise when she went to the bathroom in a Chicago bar.

In a video, Tamale Rocks showed how she noticed a large mirror was opposite the toilet in the ladies’ room.

When she opened the door and looked behind it, she discovered that part of the door had been cut out, and there was a “clear view of the ladies’ toilet” through the mirror.

Tamale Rocks / YouTube

The video was picked up by Live Leak and has since gone viral, and it emerged that the venue was Cigar and Stripes.

The owner of Cigars and Stripes, Ronnie Lotz, was interviewed by Jezebel, telling them they’ve had the mirror since 2001, and it has brought them “joy”.

He added: “What we have here is a comic with a bad set who’s looking for a viral video.”

On YouTube, Tamale wrote:

Women are often told that we are “paranoid”, that the extra precautions we take are “excessive”. We are not. We engage in varying levels of due diligence, because if (or more likely when) something happens, we are the ones blamed. If something doesn’t happen (that time), we are written off as “acting crazy” and “overreacting”. When something does happen, it is common to blame and shame the person it happened to, instead of holding the person who committed the violation accountable.

Cigars and Stripes, which prides itself on its chicken wings, saw a flood of negative ratings on review site Yelp after the news broke.

It also received positive five-star reviews, with one poster saying that the two-way mirror was used as an attraction at one time in the Halloween-themed bar.

Police investigated the mirror, and the Chicago Tribune reports that “authorities say it appears no one’s privacy rights were violated”.

Tamale Rocks has had people criticising her set and looks after her video, but said:

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