“YOU’RE sitting on the toilet in a New York hotel minding your own business, when all of a sudden someone standing outside on the street waves at you.
WAVES at you. From outside the building.
That’s right, they can see you.
The floor to ceiling windows are not blacked out. And they are taking photos.
That’s what happened to tourists wiping their bottoms at the 18th-floor toilets at the Standard Hotel in Manhattan this week.
“The view outside is exciting, but the view inside is frightening,” David Langdon, 55, from Melbourne told the New York Daily News. “I saw people waving at me. Sitting on the royal throne, you don’t expect a publicviewing.”
Belinda Langdon was visiting the hotel with her dad. She told the Daily News she thought the windows were reflective on the outside. So she went ahead and did a wee. And everyone below watched her do it.
“It’s pretty creepy,” said the 24-year-old East Village resident. “The people taking pictures are pervy. You just hope nobody recognises you on the street.”
The hotel has installed black, waist-high curtains in the bathrooms, ending the show for now.
The Standard said the toilet blooper was an accident – the curtains were just “temporarily removed”.
“They were doing renovations and they forgot to put them back up,” the manager, who wouldn’t give his name, told the Daily News.
But many are questioning whether that is really true since the Standard, owned by playboy Andre Balazs, has a reputation for saucy behaviour, steamy pool parties and celebrity sightings. Note – no celebrities were on the loo.
In 2009 the hotel received complaints about free peep shows courtesy of amorous couples staying in the building. One girl, completely naked, was reportedly jumping on a trampoline in front of the window.
How did she get a trampoline in her room?
In 2010, a maid accused an Australian businessman of raping her in his room. He convinced a jury that the maid made up the story after he caught her rifling through his bag. Then he sued the hotel for $10 million, arguing that the hotel’s “racy atmosphere contributed to the false charges against him.”
But there’s racy and then there are toilet windows where everyone can see you poop.”