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Do other stores compromise privacy like Macy's?

11:07 PM, Jul 22, 2011   |    comments
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TAMPA BAY, Florida -- After the 10 News Investigators revealed Macy's dressing rooms might not be as private as you think, angry customers are flooding the station's website, facebook page, and voicemails with complaints.

Macy's says the backwards blinds that allow people to peek into its fitting rooms are a part of their loss management process.  But the Investigators visited more than a dozen other national chain stores across Tampa Bay and almost all approached loss management without privacy-compromising dressing rooms.

Update: No privacy at Saks Fifth Avenue, either

10 News found well-protected dressing rooms at random Tampa Bay locations of the following chains:

  • Dillards
  • J.C. Penny
  • Marshalls
  • Bebe
  • Victoria Secret
  • Sears
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • American Eagle
  • Express
  • Stein Mart

American Eagle provided the most privacy, with an entire self-locking room to try on clothes.

All the other chains provided dressing rooms that appeared to provided the privacy customers would expect while trying on clothes.

But one women's clothing chain, LOFT, owned by Ann Taylor's Ann Inc., had a dressing room in its Brandon Mall location with the privacy blinds installed backward so employees - or customers - could see in.  The company was not available for comment on Friday evening.

UPDATE: LOFT changes its tune in response to investigation!

If you see a dressing room that you think compromises privacy, call the 10 News Investigators at 727-577-TIPS.  Even better, snap a picture or video and send it to noah@wtsp.com.

Connect with 10 News Reporter Noah Pransky on Facebook at www.facebook.com/noahpransky or Twitter at www.twitter.com/noahpransky.

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