Privacy And A View No More

Aug 22, 2008, 4:23 PM | Updated: Apr 6, 2011, 12:46 pm

-Chris the Producer Writes:


Here is a follow-up to a blog that I wrote a months back.The quick synopsis of the story was that some pervs were looking into neighbors windows trying to get a free show. When Seattle PD were notified the officers told the peeping toms to stop watching and then told the women that were being spied upon to fix their blinds.

As it turns out the women, Sophie Parker and Karen Linebarger, decided to go another route. After living in the apartment for two years the women just wanted to live their lives and enjoy the view that their apartment gave them. So instead of fixing the blinds they went ahead and used strategically placed cardboard, some with signs on them, and tried to continue living with their large bay window open. A great quick fix in my opinion, but then one of the signs solicited a call to the police.

A sign that hung in the women’s window read “Perverts Stop Watching Us!”. The neighbors that were initially involved watching the pair then called the police and told them they were being harassed. The police went ahead and asked the women to remove the sign. Where are peoples sense of humor? The women were calling it like they saw it. The neighbors admitted to peeping in on the women. What else would you call these people? Completely normal with an insatiable appetite for looking through binoculars? Sounds like some type of psychosis that needs to be treated and everyone in the neighborhood should just understand that it’s a disease and couldn’t be helped. That’s it…make the peeping toms the victims here. This is a perfect “Seattle answer” to a not so Seattle problem. Or we could just call the neighbors pervs and leave it at that.

With high rise condos popping up all over the city there will be more and more of us living in view of the public. I know that while I walk the streets going to a club or to dinner there have been times that I’ve past apartments and could see others having dinner or watching TV. I just walk right on by. I’m sure you’ve had the same experience as you go out on the town. Most of us continue on trucking and that’s that. Shouldn’t we just deem that as a standard.

People that take time out of their day and stop to watch others in their living spaces are peeping toms. They are in the wrong and the people they watch should not be made to feel like they are the ones that are committing the crime. On the converse side people who walk in front of an open window in some state of undress shouldn’t be surprised if they turn heads and people watch what is going on behind the glass. That is human nature for the most part, but when people start taking time sitting and watching their neighbors that is a bit creepy and indefensible in my opinion. Saying that people walking around their apartment and living their lives is a show is complete BS.

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Privacy And A View No More