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Peeping Thomases: Vienna cafe allows one-way mirror to spy on women in restroom

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(CBS/AP) VIENNA - An Austrian artist has installed a one-way mirror in a Vienna cafe that allows men to peek from their restroom into the ladies room.

Alexander Riegler told the daily Heute newspaper that the mirror is an attempt to "stir people into a discussion of voyeurism and surveillance," in an era when almost everyone is being watched.

One cafe employee says the mirror only reveals women at the sink and does not intrude on anyone's private sphere. Still, this is to be a case of "equal pepping": The worker said that women will get their turn in January, when the mirror is reversed to let them look at men's faces while they stand at the urinal.

After receiving several complaints, the restaurant recently put up a sign advising women that they are part of an "art project."

Perv-art?