A young mum claims a creepy T-Mobile employee stole nude photos from her phone after trying to trade them.
Karen Mun, 24, of Queens, New York, brought her device into the Northern Boulevard store before an employee brought it into a closed back room to see if she was “eligible” for the trade-in.
The nail technician watched in horror as the man she said opened his photos – where there were intimate photos of her.
“I saw her photo app open with, like, a bunch of my photos on it,” Mun told the New York Post, referring to dozens of intimate images of herself that she kept. on his device.
“I felt like a part of me had been stolen,” she said. “I wanted to scream.”
She has since filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile, alleging they were negligent in her hiring, training and supervision of staff.
The lawsuit alleges that T-Mobile was well aware that employees were stealing sensitive customer data and did not do enough to stop it, reports The Post.
Legal experts note an increase in what has been dubbed the modern-day “Peeping Tom”, after several incidents similar to the one Mun claims to have experienced.
The lawsuit says that in November 2015, a T-Mobile employee downloaded a couple’s intimate videos when they went to upgrade a phone.
It also highlights another instance, in June 2017, when a worker allegedly emailed a client’s intimate video to himself.
Additionally, according to the lawsuit, in November 2018, a T-Mobile employee released a customer’s intimate video to himself and other store employees in Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Additionally, in December 2020, a worker stole a customer’s identity and accessed his bank account in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, the lawsuit says.
“What could go wrong?” Mun, referring to when the worker allegedly told him he needed to hook up his phone to a computer in a back room.
The employee came out and said he was unable to access his device because it was locked.
“He gave me a piece of paper with a pen, which he prepared in the back, and … said, ‘Listen, I need you to write your passcode on this paper to so I can unlock it in the back and plug it into the computer to see if your phone is company-approved,” Mun told the Post.
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She handed over her password and the man stole her nudes, she said. But he did not delete them.
“I still think about it every day. It’s something that keeps me awake at night. I’m super anxious. Sometimes…I go outside and I’m like, well, what if that person had seen those pictures ?” she says.
She said she now suffers from depression and anxiety.
In a statement, a T-Mobile spokesperson told the Post that the employee who took Mun’s footage was “disconnected” from T-Mobile “immediately” following the incident.