Claim: Couple is caught taking risqué pictures in an amusement park photo booth.
Origins: Several legends in this section detail the embarrassment of lovers who discover that images of their intimate moments have been surreptitiously
recorded by strangers, or the chagrin of those who point the camera at themselves but accidentally allow the results to escape into the public sphere. An incident from 2000 bridged the gulf between these two categories when a young couple was caught unaware by a camera that both took private pictures and displayed them to a viewing audience.
On 17 July 2000, Elizabeth Whitaker, 24, and Aaron C. Caudill, 28, both from Kentucky, spent the day at Paramount’s Kings Island amusement park about
The couple did indeed return to the booth that evening at about
Misdemeanor public indecency charges were filed against both participants in Mason Municipal Court. Robert Peeler, the Mason city prosecutor, noted that “as humiliating as this is for the individuals, their conduct [was] reckless in that they extended this to unwilling recipients, including children.”
Last updated: 22 November 2011
McLaughlin, Sheila. “Kentucky Couple Charged with Indecency.” The Cincinnati Enquirer. 18 August 2000. Associated Press. “Couple Overexposed in Alleged Photo Booth Sex.” 18 August 2000.
Also told in:
Petras, Kathryn and Ross Petras. Unusually Stupid Americans. New York: Villard Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8129-7082-9 (p. 282).