LA Geek Squad guy videotapes gal in shower,0,5632551.story?track=mostviewed-storylevel

A woman and her mother sued Best Buy and its “Geek Squad” computer repair team Wednesday, claiming they were legally responsible for dispatching a technician who allegedly videotaped the daughter taking a shower.

The suit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on behalf of Sarah Vasquez, 22, and her mother, Natalie Fornaciari, 46, both from city of Industry, alleges that Geek Squad technician Hao Kuo Chi, 26, placed his cellphone in Vasquez’s bathroom during a computer service call March 4 and recorded her showering.

Chi was arrested the same day on suspicion of using a camera to view a person without their consent and of annoying or molesting a child under 18, both misdemeanors, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Skudlarski.

The family said that they relied on the national chain to screen and train agents before sending them into people’s homes.

They also relied on the Geek Squad’s brochure, which promised to provide “agents you can trust.”

“Businesses need to do a better job of screening the employees whom they send to their customers’ homes,” said attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the family.

A Best Buy spokeswoman said she learned of the lawsuit shortly after it was filed Wednesday.

“Best Buy was not informed of this action prior to being contacted by the media today,” the company said in a statement. “Obviously, we intend to cooperate fully with any investigation into this matter.”

According to the suit, Chi came to the family’s home last month for a scheduled computer service appointment. After starting to work, he asked to use the bathroom and was shown to one shared by Vasquez and her 13-year-old sister, Kelly Rocha, the lawsuit said.

Vasquez later showered in the same bathroom. When she stepped out of the stall, she noticed a cellphone propped up on her cluttered sink, the suit said. The phone was covered in a leather case; a small camera with a red, blinking light was sticking out, she said.

Suspicious, Vasquez left the bathroom to tell her sister Kelly and when she returned, the phone was gone. Kelly then found the phone in her bedroom. Believing the phone was programmed to record her as well, she removed its memory chip and she and Vasquez took it to a Verizon store to see what was on it.

You could see him on the video setting it up,” Vasquez said. “I was shocked.”

The sisters called their stepfather, who reported Chi to police, and he was arrested at their house.

The family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for alleged fraud, negligent misrepresentation and hiring, invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and breach of warrant.

He must have gotten bored during an XP install! It’s not his fault, he’s a victim!

arrested the same day on suspicion of using a camera to view a person without their consent and of annoying or molesting a child under 18, both misdemeanors

How do you link annoying with molesting? You would think annoying would be one thing, but molesting would take the behavior to a new level.

Probably some Clownifornian legal term…

said attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the family.

Be afraid, Best Buy.

Bullhajj: ‘Molestar’ means ‘to annoy’ in Spanish so, uh, pay up, Geek Squad. That blinking red light will get you every time.

Saved for posterity.

I don’t know which I find more disturbing, the criminal breach of privacy, or the over-zealous lawsuit.

  • Alan

Always glad I can inspire others.

Interesting language. If I’m being a dick to some kid and end up in court for molesting a child under 18, I’m gonna be mortified.

Moral: Don’t be a Dick. :)

You are the wind beneath my wings.

I have seen articles with photos of the victim in question, and I would hit it.

The 22 year old or the 13 year old? Or both?

Hey, that’s getting a bit nancy-boy there… !

Oh, definitely the criminal breach of privacy. I mean, that’s just sick. Being over-litigious is just stupid. Still, it is possible that Best Buy is liable for this, since he was only able to do what he did because of his job getting him into that house, and he was on the clock. Where I work, my school’s IT Dept, when we go on housecalls to dorms, we HAVE to go in pairs, so nobody has to worry about being alone in his or her room with some possibly-untrustworthy tech.

“You be the lookout, while I set up this Amazing XCam2!”

Man, they always make me the lookout :(

Anyone else catch that the mom, daughter, and little sister all have different last names? Just what WAS going on in this house?

Seriously though, as if we didn’t have enough to worry about, not we have to check service people that come into the house for cell phones.

This thread is useless without videos.

There’s nothing gay about it. I was just euphemistically threatening to hold you down, take off my pants, and fart in your face repeatedly.

How retarded do you have to be to think they wouldn’t notice a cell phone propped up on the sink?

We live in the age of 24/7 Internet porn: just how stupid, desperate, horny, and/or retarded do you have to be to think trying to hide your cellphone camera in someone’s bathroom is a good way to get your jollies? Jeez, just go home and spank off to schoolgirl porn like every other geek, Hao…