Surveillance Nation: Austin Library Won't Let You Wear Baseball Caps Because Cameras Can't ID You
from the freedom-to-wear-caps dept
JJ sends over the latest news of our surveillance society gone nutty. It seems that the Austin Public Library in Texas has officially decided to ban baseball caps, sunglasses and hoodies. What does that have to do with surveillance? The Austin American-Statesman has the word:
The library came up with the rule so that customers can’t hide their faces, said Toni Grasso, the libraries’ administrative manager in the office of programs and partnerships.
“We have security cameras in place, so like banks and courthouses, we’re asking people to remove sunglasses and anything that hides the face, for the security of staff and customers,” Grasso said.
As someone who (really, not kidding) frequently goes to my local library wearing all three of these “banned” items, I’m hoping this sort of thing doesn’t become a trend.