It's standard for casinos to operate surveillance cameras, but employees of
the now-defunct casino operated by the Tulalip tribe in Washington state amused
themselves by compiling a 'blooper tape' of recorded surveillance, including
footage of drunken patrons, unwitting employees and gamblers as they broke into
dance moves, and zoom-in shots of patrons who seemed odd or strange, according
to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
More seriously, former surveillance employee Viooltje Arpryazhka contends that
some of the footage was compiled, copied, and viewed by male surveillance agents
for their own sexual entertainment.
The Post-Intelligencer reports that Arpryazhka, a female tribe member, has
brought a lawsuit against tribal leaders and casino officials, claiming that
she was fired after repeatedly complaining about the video.
A lawyer for the Tulalip Tribal Gaming Agency called Arpryazhka "a disgruntled
employee" with bogus allegations.
But the Post-Intelligencer obtained a copy of the tape and reported that it
contains, among other things, footage showing a woman posing naked on an SUV
in the casino parking lot, while a male companion took photographs. Other clips
seemed to focus on the anatomy of other women in the casino, the newspaper reported.
Yet, other footage captured surveillance that, according to the P-I, "would
seem rightfully part of the security unit's responsibilities" - car crashes
in the casino's parking lot; patrons caught on tape apparently smoking marijuana
in their cars; gamblers, both male and female, urinating outside the casino;
and an intoxicated man vomiting.
You know, normal stuff.