- The female student was changing in the toilet when she noticed a phone camera above the top of the cubicle.
- She confronted the man, waiting outside his cubicle and gave chase after he tried to escape.
- Two of her friends helped to nab the man, pinning him against the wall while campus security alerted the police. The man was identified to be a McDonald’s employee.
By Chong Xin Wei
Just after she changed into her dance attire in a toilet in the North Spine, Alice (not her real name) noticed a phone peeking over the side of her cubicle with its camera pointed at her body.
Alice, a final-year Communication Studies student, waited outside the man’s cubicle to confront the alleged peeping tom, whom she later saw dressed in a black McDonald’s employee shirt.
When Alice confronted him, the man pushed past her and darted out of the toilet, leading to a chase down the North Spine benches on level two, above Prime Supermarket.
“I was so angry and in denial that this was happening to me. All I knew is that I needed to delete the video he took of me in the toilet,” said Alice, 22.
The alleged voyeurism incident involving Alice and the man, a McDonald’s employee, occured at a North Spine toilet near Lecture Theatre 1 on Sunday (Oct 24) afternoon.
A McDonald’s spokesperson told Soapbox that the company is aware of the alleged incident and declined to comment further as the case is currently under police investigation.
In an interview with Soapbox, Alice said she was headed to the toilet at around 3.50pm to change into her attire for a dance video which she was shooting at the Athena Room at the North Spine.
She believes the man entered the toilet before her as she did not notice anyone following her in. There was another girl in the toilet who left while she was waiting for the man who had filmed her, she said.
“I was literally shouting ‘why are you taking pictures of me in the toilet’ while chasing the man, but nobody came to help. It was just coincidental that my friends who were refilling their bottles saw the situation and came to help,” she said.
Two of her friends, who are also final-year Communication Studies students, spotted the commotion and helped Alice chase the man.
They later pinned him against a wall beside the Lee Wee Nam staircase and demanded an explanation from him. Alice took his phone and deleted the footage from the phone’s gallery and the recycle bin file.
When asked why he was in the female toilet, the man said he did not know where the male toilet was and begged the group for forgiveness, according to Alice.
“I started crying after my friends caught him. I was just so traumatised and my head just shut off. I was really angry that something like this happened to me,” she said.
Alice said that a manager from the McDonald’s outlet in NTU arrived at the scene after being notified by a security guard and identified the man as an employee.
An NTU spokesperson said campus security was later alerted to the incident and the alleged case was reported to the police.
“The affected female student is receiving the full assistance and support from NTU’s pastoral care team that reached out to her right after the incident,” wrote the spokesperson in an email to Soapbox.
“NTU is committed to ensuring that our campus remains a safe environment for all students and staff, where the campus community works together to look out for one another.”
The University is assisting with police investigations, the spokesperson wrote.
Soapbox has reached out to the Singapore Police Force for more information.
Alice said: “It took a lot for me to speak up but I strongly felt the need to because I wouldn’t want any more students to have to go through the trauma of experiencing these kinds of incidents. The campus should be safe for all.”