Mass surveillance, a widespread phenomenon in China, has impacted a Kunming resident in an unlikely way: an anonymous man called the Yunnan Net news hotline on Tuesday to report that a security camera was making it difficult for him to urinate.
A reporter sent to Heping Cun discovered the problem to be a video camera that was recently installed on a wall above the urinal in the men's room of a public toilet.
The camera does not actually point toward the urinals, but is used by local police to monitor an alley running next to the public toilet. Nevertheless, it is a source of consternation among some men who have trouble urinating in its presence.
Although the original caller remains anonymous, the reporter soon found a man surnamed Cai who commiserated with the caller's micturation situation.
"As soon as I see it I become uncomfortable," said Cai. "I feel like it's looking at me and I can't urinate."
An elderly female bathroom attendant said there had been a number of complaints about the camera.
Severe cases of "stage fright" are considered to be a psychological disorder known as paruresis.