Matthew Heller writes:
A customer at a T.J. Maxx store in upstate New York has lost her lawsuit against the retailer for allowing a man to take photos up her skirt by using her as “human bait” in a sting operation.
Security workers did not warn customers that they were surreptitiously videotaping the man as he visited the store in Watertown, N.Y. Svetlana Van Buren, who sued the parent company of T.J. Maxx for premises liability and invasion of privacy, alleged she “unwittingly became a sex crime victim” by walking into the trap they had set for him.
“TJX knew it, in bushel baskets full, that this was a bad guy who was preying on women in their store,” Van Buren’s attorney told a Jefferson County Supreme Court jury. She was seeking at least $75,000 in damages.
But after a three-day trial, the jury cleared TJX Companies of any liability.
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