I used to frequent this spa, situated in a business complex in Bangkok. In addition to a pool, saunas, steam-rooms and a gym, it had a relaxation room, with a jacuzzi, several recliners and a TV.
One afternoon, I was alone in the relaxation room, sitting in said jacuzzi, channel-hopping with the TV’s remote, when I came across a series of channels, right at the end, that puzzled me – until I realised that for some BIZARRE reason, the satellite system was hooked into the building’s SURVEILLANCE system.
So I left the TV on the channel that was hooked to the camera positioned over the main reception desk – and sat back in the jacuzzi, waiting to see what would happen.
After a bit, a guy walked in, selected a recliner and settled down to watch some TV. He watched the static shot of reception, as people came and went. I swear he watched it a full FIVE minutes before changing channel!
I was in that jacuzzi for about two hours – and every time I was alone, I’d switch the TV back to the surveillance shot of reception. And you would not BELIEVE the amount of people who spent SEVERAL MINUTES actually WATCHING IT!
And the moral of this story? These days, when it comes to entertainment, thanks to “reality TV” people’s expectations have become seriously LOW!