Blinking light in Walmart fitting room causes stir


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A red blinking light hidden inside a Walmart fitting room is causing a stir on Facebook. Some people are worried they’re being recorded. Walmart says they’re not, so what is it?

“This is the blinking light, in the Walmart dressing room,” said Jera Freeman, in a video she posted on her sister’s Facebook page on Monday.

Video shows a blinking red light tucked away under the mirror in a fitting room at the Walmart on Academy in Albuquerque.

The Facebook video has a message stating, “Beware…we noticed a blinking camera-like light under the mirror somewhat concealed,” and since the post, it’s blown up, quickly drawing more than a hundred comments, and hundreds of shares.

Several people were worried it’s a camera.

“I would think it was a camera because I’m kind of a paranoid person,” said Shelby Miller.

“That would be absolutely terrifying, I mean that’s privacy, you know what I mean, it’d be like in a bathroom,” said Kelsey Higgins.

The video was shared more than 1,700 times in two days. But Walmart says it’s not a camera. One Facebooker had the right idea, saying it’s a motion sensor to turn on the fitting room lights.

In a statement, Walmart Spokesperson Erin Hofmann told News 13, “We appreciate the feedback from our customers, that’s how we improve. We want our customers to know that we take environmental sustainability very seriously at Walmart and this is one of our efforts to improve energy efficiency by including motion light sensors in our dressing rooms. These sensors are similar to sensors we use in our frozen cases.”

The motion sensors turn dressing room lights off when no one’s there.

“I mean I’ve worked in retail before and there’s sensors but it’s not like a light, so I would see how people might think that that would be a camera,” said Higgins.

Since customers started questioning the red light, Walmart started putting up signs in the fitting room that say, “motion sensors are used for lights in fitting room.”

Still, some customers suggest they move the inconspicuous sensor. “I mean, possibly put them outside the fitting rooms like maybe on the door or the outside, when somebody walks in then it turns on,” Higgins suggested.

“They could have it like on the door or just keep the lights on,” Miller said.

The woman who posted the video told News 13 that when she asked Walmart employees about the red light in the fitting room, they didn’t know what it was at first. Freeman said she quickly found out it was a motion sensor and never expected her video to get so much attention.

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