People Are Using NYC’s Public Wi-Fi Kiosks To Masturbate

It was only a matter of time before this became an issue

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Sep 12, 2016 at 6:32 PM ET

Plenty of privacy concerns have been raised regarding NYC’s public kiosks, which provide free smartphone charging and Wi-Fi to those who dare try them. But now those concerns are reaching their logical conclusion after a man was caught masturbating while using one.

For the uninitiated, CityBridge started installing the LinkNYC stations all over the city in early 2016. They have a little tablet embedded in them so users can do some internet surfing on a free connection, but inevitably, they also offer a prime opportunity to watch porn in public.

The New York Post reports that city resident Stephanie Pedersen spotted a man jerking off at a charging station in Murray Hill early Saturday morning. Pedersen wrote on a neighborhood Facebook group that the man was there long enough for her to take her dog back home and return to snap some photos of the exhibitionist. She also noted that he was “enthusiastically humping” the kiosk. Pedersen said she called police, who couldn’t actually do anything about it because the mystery man had completed the act.

This is not the first time such a thing has happened. Another resident reported on Pedersen’s Facebook post that she saw someone doing the same thing at a kiosk last week. The Post reported that several people were using the kiosks to watch porn back in June. CityBridge apparently added a content filter at that time, but Gothamist also reported in late July that one of its readers came across a man crankin’ his hog in front of a kiosk.

Vocativ reached out to CityBridge and the City of New York to see if there are any plans to curtail porn usage on the kiosks, but neither has offered a response.