Quince Ruined When Family Finds Hidden Cameras In Banquet Hall's Bathroom

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You know the deal in Miami: When your daughter turns 15, you throw her a giant shindig. It's the Latina's mitzvah. No expense is spared. Everything is perfect -- until you find the hidden cameras in the girls' bathroom.

That's what Elizabeth De Angeles Gazo says happened to her April 28, after she paid $3,300 to rent the T-2000 International Production banquet hall, on 22nd Avenue just off Calle Ocho, for her daughter's quince.

Everything was going swimmingly -- smoke machine, DJ, strobe lights, pink tablecloths -- when a family friend named Maria rushed from the girls' bathroom with a disturbing revelation. She had spotted a tiny video camera in the air-conditioning vent.
The family yanked out the camera and called Miami police. When the cops arrived, they found the banquet hall's owner, 43-year-old Tony Munnet-- check out his website here-- removing another camera from a light fixture in the same bathroom.

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Photo of the camera's hiding place, taken by the family.
Munnet told the cops "he had no knowledge of such hidden cameras" and blamed a thieving former employee. When reached by Riptide, Munnet said the employee (who we're not naming because he has not been charged with anything), had rigged the cameras before absconding to Texas with stolen bounce houses and laser lights.

"I was freaking out," Munnet says of finding the hidden cameras. "I have a good reputation, my kids go to Christian school, I'm known in the neighborhood."

Munnet says he has pointed the police toward the former employee. The Miami PD declined to comment on the investigation. According to a police report, officers searched the banquet hall's attic and found no other suspicious equipment. They took the cameras into evidence.

Call us puritanical, but we have an old saying: When there are hidden cameras in the girls' bathroom of a banquet hall, somebody better get arrested.

The girl's aunt, Guadalupe Medrano, says the cops seemed bizarrely disinterested. "There's no reason for the cameras to be there in the first place," she says.

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19 comments
tstamm78
tstamm78

There is a company in New York called "Creep Sweepers". They check for things like this in rental apartments, vacation homes, tanning salons and so on. Scary stuff!

MrChocoholic
MrChocoholic

Damn buggers are EVERYWHERE! No one is safe!

Hidden Cameras
Hidden Cameras

A top of the line bug detector will actually take the hidden camera feed and display it on the screen of your bug detector.

carnotes4sale
carnotes4sale

In Texas, Mexicans call it the Quinceañera. Quince just means 15, but is used as an abbreviation to the longer word usually only heard by Gringos - around these parts anyhow.

Cobra
Cobra

That owner guy is guilty... Sorry but too much of a coincidence that he knew exactly where the other camera was. And of course he blames the unknown fired employee who disappeared Texas... How convenient...

Vince Herrera
Vince Herrera

Miami is not exactly known for giving perv/pedophiles harsh sentences.. If they even arrest anyone, they'll get community service cleaning bathrooms at an all girl schools..

Dianasalve
Dianasalve

After last week's news of the zombie, this one is chicken-shi....

seep
seep

"Quinceañera" means fifteen year old.  The term for the event is "Quince" I think.

edit: I see Wikipedia has an article called Quinceañera, but the term I've always heard in Miami is Quince. Wikipedia's most active editors have a strong anti-Cuban-American bias; see for instance that the article on guarapo is titled "Garape". Also, Mike Lowell is listed as a Puerto Rican even though he is Cuban. Also, the pitcher El Duque was removed from the list of Cuban Americans.

I actually have a lot of spare time this morning.

InnocentUntilProven
InnocentUntilProven

I can't jump to that conclusion based on the article. He could very well be a victim too. It is very possible that he was told about the first camera and went to investigate what was going on an spotted a second camera so he was taking that down too... There is no indication the cameras were even connected to anything anyway. This is a serious reputational issue to I would defer to the full law enforcement investigation. This may be very irresponsible of Miami New Times to publish. As a disclaimer I don't know the people involved nor have I ever been at this business but I was once falsely accused of something and it is shear hell to go through such a thing....fortunately for me the real criminal was found out and confessed but of course some damage to me remained... So, I learned the hard way to not jump to conclusions...

SlipKnotFan666
SlipKnotFan666

Quinceañera is the girl who's being celebrated so it was well said to begin with. And yes, you seem to have too much time in your hands this morning.By the way, El Duque is NOT Cuban-American. He was born and raised in Cuba so wikipedia is correct

GusGarciaRoberts
GusGarciaRoberts

I think it's debatable, but I changed it to quince. Thanks, seep.

Gnnnest
Gnnnest

He was born in puerto rico though.

Mloree1
Mloree1

Mike Lowell was born in Puerto Rico

Vicioushobbit
Vicioushobbit

 I'm not buying it.  If he were innocent, upon finding the second camera, first thing he should do is STEP AWAY and not disrupt any finger prints.  Even anxiety/stress doesn't make somebody grab a ladder and rip out a camera they didn't put there when the cops are showing up.

seep
seep

right, it's the girl.  The event is called a Quince.  That's what I said.

I was born and raised in Cuba, but I've lived in the US for over a decade.  I am a Cuban American.

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