Hot Pix Swap at Walgreens?
Additionally, the suit alleges, the photos were given to employees at a third store, on Research Boulevard, where "the photographs were shown and circulated to many employees of that Walgreens store, including supervisors and managers." The lawsuit does not reveal details of how the two women discovered that their photos had been shared so widely, but Howard said that a former Walgreens employee, who resigned out of disgust, approached him with details of the ongoing scheme. "One of their employees came to me absolutely repulsed by what was going on," he said.
Howard alleges that photo lab employees at the Research store had a file containing more than 150 sexually oriented photos taken by customers that were kept in an unlocked cabinet where store employees could access them at any time. The photos ranging from a backyard bathing-suit shot to a picture of a young woman in a tub surrounded by rose petals to explicit shots of couples having sex were all made available without the knowledge or permission of the individual customers, Howard said, and he still doesn't know what else the employees may have done with them.
"The full scope of the dissemination by Walgreens and its employees of the sensitive and personal photographs is unknown," he wrote in the legal petition. "A.G. is understandably concerned that her private photographs may be sold for profit, posted on the Internet, and/or distributed among members of the Austin community." The suit charges Walgreens and three individual employees with negligence, invasion of privacy, and violations of the state's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.