Sunday, July 19, 2009  
Comic Shop Owner Accused of Voyeurism

:: Posted by BK @ 7/19/2009 02:34:00 AM
According to a Toronto Sun article, the owner of Dragon's Realm comic shop near Canada's Wonderland was arrested on charges of voyeurism. Specifically, it is alleged he spied on and videotaped women customers who used his washroom. This is a doubly rare crime, since most comic book shops rarely attract women and even fewer have washrooms fit for human use. As a matter of fact, I am launching a new Sequential contest: "my Comic Book Store has the Cleanest, Most Camera-Free Washroom and at least 50% of My Customers are Female". The prize package includes copies of Glamourpuss, the 2008 Minx free sampler, and Spree, A Cultural History of Shopping by Pamela Klaffke.

MAPLE -- A comic book store owner is accused of voyeurism after police say he was caught using a hidden camera to spy on a woman in the store's washroom.

Officers were called to Dragon's Realm in the Norwood Plaza at 9661 Jane St., just south of Major Mackenzie Dr., around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after the young woman's boyfriend found a video camera, York police alleged.

"Nobody should ever be subjected to something like this," Const. Laurie Perks said yesterday.

The young couple, both 21, went to the store to pick up some comics they had ordered, Perks said.

While they were in the store, the woman asked to use the restroom. As she walked to the back of the store, the owner allegedly followed behind and entered an adjoining room.

"The woman's boyfriend thought the owner's behaviour was suspicious, so he decided to walk to the back of the store to investigate," Perks claims.

That's when he found a video camera mounted on a tripod in the room next door, police alleged.

The couple confronted the store owner and there was a physical altercation but nobody was seriously hurt, Perks said.

The store owner was arrested without incident.

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