Park Slope

Brooklyn Coffee Shop Changes ‘Peeping Tom' Bathroom Sign After Stirring Up Outrage: Report

A Brooklyn coffee shop replaced its "peeping Tom" bathroom sign after inciting outrage among residents, according to a report by BKLYNER.

Clever Blend on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, which opened in April, previously had a restroom sign that depicted a male figure peeking over the stall wall with a female figure on the other side, according to the report.

People who live in the neighborhood and frequent the shop responded with angry emails and negative online reviews about the cafe, said BKLYNER.

A Park Slope resident told the website that many felt the sign promoted violence against women, saying, “It’s incredibly creepy, and despite many people calling them out on this, the owners refuse to acknowledge any problem with the sign.”

Owners Luca Tesconi and Andrea Alimonta took down the sign over the weekend and temporarily replaced it with a gender-neutral sign.

Tesconi admitted he was "not perfect" and wished “I had thought to put that up during construction but I was so caught up working 12-14 hours a day,” according to BKLYNER.

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