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Chicago bar defends two-way mirror in women's bathroom stall

Tamale Sepp, a comedian who performed at Chicago bar Cigars and Stripes, discovered a two-way mirror that faces a toilet in the women's bathroom.

By Ben Hooper

CHICAGO, April 27 (UPI) -- The owner of a Chicago bar where a comedian discovered a two-way mirror in the women's bathroom says the mirror is for Halloween pranks and will not be removed.

Comedian Tamale Sepp posted pictures and a YouTube video online showing how the mirror that faces a women's toilet in the bathroom at the Cigars and Stripes bar is a two-way mirror that can be peered through from a hallway filled with maintenance supplies.

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"It may not appear weird to some people, but for paranoid jerks like myself I get a little confused about why that might be there," Sepp says of the full-length mirror on a door in the bathroom stall, which she then opens to reveal the hallway. "Here you will see the back of the door cut out, and a clear view of the toilet that women use to relieve themselves at this establishment."

Sepp said bar owner Ronnie Lottz told her the mirror was created for a creepy fun house effect during the Halloween season, and a monster head is sometimes placed behind the glass to light up and scare patrons using the toilet.

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Lottz told Jezebel.com he has no plans to remove the mirror.

"I will burn this [expletive] place to the ground before I get rid of that mirror. Do you know how much joy that mirror has brought to us? We're synonymous with Halloween. We do a freaky family fun day, and all the kids look in the mirror. This is a fun house, honey, and if you don't like the two-way mirror, go [expletive] yourself," he said.

Lottz accused Sepp of being out to get attention.

"Look, this woman is looking for a viral video. There's a big movement in reality TV to be outraged about feminism," he said.

Lottz told Jezebel he would share the story on Facebook, and he followed through on his promise, prompting a number of outraged comments and some support from fans of the bar who said the closet on the other side of the mirror is only accessible through the bathroom stall.

Sepp said she is not convinced by Lottz's argument that the mirror has been in place since 2001.

"What I'm hearing is you had 15 YEARS TO FIX IT," she wrote in a Facebook post.

@TamaleRocks: Because when I'm doing comedy, I should know my audience. #womenincomedy #bathroompeepshow #WTF http://t.co/cLDnXl6NiU

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Posted by Tamale Sepp on Saturday, April 25, 2015

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