NEW YORK - He is the Keeper of the Peepers, using his video camera to document what happens on a couple of steps in New York’s Union Square.
Women who sit on those steps—or any steps, really—in skirts beware.
"Peeping is the act of staring up girls' skirts,” said the artist who calls himself ‘Normal Bob.’ He says he found the peepers so outrageous he began recording them.
He posts the videos online, calling them “Methods of a Peeper.”
Normal Bob says his mission is to make a joke out of the peepers, to expose and humiliate them.
Forget obvious movie techniques like dropping change on the ground. Real peepers position themselves right in front of the woman sitting on the steps.
They use baseball caps and cell phones to hide their eyes.
Bob even has an acronym for one of their techniques.
"The MACMA is the ‘Make Believe Acting Casual Milling About,” Bob said.
Though sometimes, he says, they don't even bother acting busy.
"Just stand and stare,” he says in the voice-over to one video. “No shame to the game."
Women tend to either be oblivious, or to ignore it. One woman said, “It is creepy. It is creepy, I mean, but relax and enjoy. Thank god I have my purse in between my legs."
If peeping isn't bad enough, there's ‘picture peeping,’ where a peeper actually paces around in front of a woman or group of women with his camera casually hanging by his side—at the perfect height to record straight up the victim’s skirts.
It's illegal to surreptitiously record someone's private parts, but plain old peeping isn't against the law.
The irony of what Normal Bob does isn’t lost on him, either.
"I'm a peeper-peeper. I am very persistent. In some ways I relate to the obsession because I’m obsessed with watching them."
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