We haven’t reached communist-level cut throat levels. But neither have we the peace we had a mere two months ago. Neighbor is already turning on neighbor, rating them out for taking a second walk outdoors, or for suspicions of anti-revolutionary ideas. Fear of death is turning us all into cowardly cry-bullies.
A sickness is spreading through Britain. The sickness of snitching. Police forces report a ‘surge’ in calls from people squealing on their neighbours for going for a second run or taking their dog out rather too often. It’s being called ‘quarantine shaming’. It’s the most shameful part of this pandemic so far. If we aren’t careful, this enthusiastic embrace of the Stasi tactic of spying and grassing on our neighbours could hurt Britain more than the virus itself in the long run.
Imagine it being a crime to walk alone in the sunshine.
“No, Briggs. You just don’t get it. Nobody cares about you. Die if you want to. But you might be infected! You might come closer than six feet to somebody else! You might then infect them! They might die!”
Might to the fourth power goes to zero faster than a car hitting a brick wall.
Snitches are emerging as enthusiastic allies as cities, states and countries work to enforce directives meant to limit person-to-person contact amid the virus pandemic that has claimed tens of thousands of lives worldwide. They’re phoning police and municipal hotlines, complaining to elected officials and shaming perceived scofflaws on social media.
In hard-hit New York City, police arrested the owner of an illegal Brooklyn speakeasy where a dozen people were found drinking and gambling after someone called 311 with a tip.
The saying used to be in the City that snitches get stitches. Now they receive accolades. What was that advice of going to your brother privately, before running to rat him out to the media and police?
Law-abiding Germans are zealously helping police crack down on people flouting new social distancing rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus by reporting on strangers, neighbours and friends…
“We are getting tip-offs from the public about open restaurants or large gatherings of people in parks,” said a spokeswoman, adding officers were, as always, ready to deal with information from the public.
Forces around Germany are in a similar situation. Munich police took up to 150 calls every day last week from citizens reporting alleged breaches of corona rules, Spiegel Online said.
Maybe some kind of wall can be put up. Stick sunshine scofflaws behind this wall. Machine gun them if they try to go over the top.
Anybody in Germany have any experience building this kind of structure?
The Taipei City Government announced Thursday (April 2) that individuals who report mask littering to the authorities would receive compensation while the people responsible for the offense would be fined NT$3,600-6,000 (US$120-200).
Paying neighbors to rat out neighbors. What could go wrong?
Scientists agree that the best way to keep from dying from coronavirus is being shot in the head.
“Mayor Muriel Bowser is threatening residents of Washington, DC, with 90 days in jail and a $5,000 fine if they leave their homes during the coronavirus outbreak.”
Thieves and crack dealers get less. And I believe young male prostitutes. But those might be on retainer for Congress. I’m not sure.
The article pictures a woman sitting all by herself in a large open grassy area, where she has epsilon chance of catching or passing on coronavirus, is approached by two “police” officers.
State officials in Vermont are ordering large retailers that sell critical items such as food and prescription drugs to stop the in-person sale of nonessential products such as clothing and electronics.
The directive, announced Tuesday by Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development, was addressed at “big box” retailers.
Whenever possible, stores such as Walmart, Target and Costco must stop the sale of nonessential items within the store and require online or telephone ordering, delivery, and curbside pickup instead.
Trivia question: In what other political systems does the government gets to decide everything you’re allowed to buy and sell?
Police in Delaware have been given the authority to pull over out-of-state drivers during the coronavirus pandemic. Delaware State Police say Gov. John Carney’s state of emergency declaration “authorizes any Delaware law enforcement officer to stop a vehicle driving within the state simply because it is displaying out-of-state tags.”
Once pulled over, state police say the officer will ask questions about the driver’s travel, who will then be told that “they are required by law to self-quarantine for 14 days while in Delaware, or immediately return to their home state.”
I used to be against spreading fear, paranoia, and hysterical effeminacy. Now I say bring it on. Let’s see how crazy we can make ourselves. We can’t let the Chinese beat us in total batshit insanity. We’re the USA!
Dr. Deborah Birx said Saturday that Americans should especially focus on social distancing guidelines in the next two weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe,” she said.
So you can’t buy good anymore. Food is for sucks. It’s Lent and time for fasting anyway.