Police descended on a mobile phone shop after a creepy male worker was caught scrolling through hundreds of a female customer's sexy selfies.
Marketing manager Louise Johnson, 28, took her iPhone 11 to be fixed at The Mobile Doctor in Worcester on Saturday 13 November after the screen and battery were smashed after she dropped it on the floor.
She agreed to pay £85 for the phone to be fixed.
But when she went to pick it up, she caught a male worker leering at intimate pictures of her in her underwear and bikinis, which she had taken for her boyfriend.
Louise said when she grabbed the phone, the man snatched it back and scratched her hand in the process.
She said: "As soon as I walked in, I saw him lock my phone and put it to the side, but I saw my wallpaper, so I knew it was mine.
"I asked whether my phone was ready, and he told me it would be another hour as someone had to come and finish repairing the frame.
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"But I knew he'd been on my phone, so I asked for it back, swiped up to see my most recent tabs and saw that he was looking through all my photographs from years ago.
"Some of them were personal to me.
"There were pictures of me in bikinis and in underwear which were quite intimate. They were pictures I had sent to a boyfriend and no one else.
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“I could see that he'd been looking at them.
"I felt disgusted and was in total shock, I could not believe what was happening.
“I snatched the phone off the counter but he grabbed my arm and scratched me really hard.
“I felt completely violated. It's creepy and perverted to go through someone else's most private pictures without their permission."
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When Louise demanded her phone back, she claims the man refused to hand it over unless she coughed up £85 for the repair.
She then called the police who attended the shop and looked through CCTV footage.
They confirmed the worker had been looking through her phone for 15 minutes.
But because the man had not downloaded or shared the images, officers were powerless to act due to a technicality in the law.
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Louise, who was visiting friends in Worcester at the time of the incident, added: “When I asked the police for the man’s name they refused claiming it was because of GDPR.
“I almost fell over in shock. Basically a strange man can rifle through my private pictures without permission but his identity is protected because of data protection? How is that right?”
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The worker involved has since been sacked from The Mobile Doctor.
Shop manager Malik Ali said: "We have resolved the issue in the presence of police.
"The worker involved has been sacked. We have apologised to the customer.
"Nothing like this will ever happen again in future."
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