Target: Ronnie Lotz, Owner of Cigars and Stripes
Goal: Immediately remove two-way mirror from women’s restroom stall.
Women are allegedly being watched through a two-way mirror when they use the bathroom at Cigars and Stripes, a bar outside Chicago in Berwyn, Illinois. Ronnie Lotz, the owner of the establishment, has reportedly refused to remove the mirror. Demand that he get rid of this disgusting mirror immediately.
Video taken by a female comedian who was performing at the Cigars and Stripes club recently surfaced alleging to show a two-way mirror in a stall in the women’s restroom. On the other side of the mirror, the video shows what appears to be a mostly-empty storage room, with more than enough room for a person to stand and watch women using the toilet through the mirror.
When journalists confronted Lotz about this, he reportedly admitted to the mirror being there and confirmed that it had been in place since 2001. Lotz said that it had brought them “much joy” over the years as a way to make women uncomfortable during the bar’s Halloween parties, and that he would rather “burn this f—ing place to the ground” before getting rid of it.
This is an unspeakable and repulsive violation of women’s privacy and cannot be tolerated. Sign the petition below to demand that Lotz remove this alleged mirror at once, as well as any other two-way mirrors he may have in his establishment.
Dear Mr. Lotz,
I am writing you today regarding the two-way mirror that you admitted having in Cigars and Stripes’ women’s restroom to Karyn Polewaczyk from Jezebel. This is disgusting, and your apparent refusal to remove it for coming-on 15 years is sickening.
In your interview with Jezebel, you said that the two-way mirror was used to scare women during your “seven days of Halloween” funhouse-style celebrations—that you would put a fake severed head in the storage room on the other side of the mirror so women peeing would be “all weirded out.” Even if that is truly the intended purpose of this mirror, it is no excuse for having one in a bathroom where it can very easily be used by any Peeping Tom and sexual predator who knows about it.
The fact that this needs to be pointed out to you is so utterly ridiculous, and your excuses so outlandish, that it’s hard to believe the mirror was ever intended for anything other than voyeurism. It is a wonder your establishment is still in business. I demand that you remove this alleged two-way mirror from the women’s restroom at once, as well as any other two-way mirrors you may have in your bar.
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