New York City and Los Angeles set up hotlines to report businesses violating coronavirus shutdown orders
NYC: “Violators face an immediate visit from ‘enforcement agents,’ and a stern warning, de Blasio has threatened. Repeat offenders will be fined.”
The left is completely loving this coronavirus lockdown stuff. It gives them the opportunity to control even more of our lives than ever before.
We’ve covered the unreasonable edicts flowing from leftist local and state governments, and now the mayors of New York City and Los Angeles are urging people to report their fellow citizens for social distancing violations and for “operating a business illegally.”
Bill de Blasio, unsurprisingly, is soliciting New Yorkers to turn in their neighborhood businesses for not enforcing social distancing guidelines. And not just turn them in, but take pictures for proof.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) April 18, 2020
If you see someone failing to practice social distancing amid the city’s coronavirus crisis — rat them out, Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers Saturday.
And be sure to take photos too.
“New Yorkers, you are being extraordinary at social distancing,” de Blasio said in a swiftly mocked video posted to Twitter.
“But we still know there’s some people that need to get the message.”
That’s where the snitch campaign comes in, urging masked Gothamites to snap a photo whenever they see “a crowd, when you see a line that’s not distanced … anything” and text it to 311-692.
. . . . “Bang, send a photo like this and we will make sure that enforcement comes right away,” the mayor said. “Sending that photo in is going to make sure people are kept apart.”
“Look this is important,” de Blasio continued. “It’s about saving lives.”
Violators face an immediate visit from “enforcement agents,” and a stern warning, de Blasio has threatened. Repeat offenders will be fined.
. . . . The mayor has been urging New Yorkers to report on social-distancing offenders since last week, when he told reporters that a quick police response to potentially crowded venues — including laundromats, pharmacies and grocery stores — will be critical to its success.
“What we’ve got to keep tightening up is that if you see something, call 3-1-1 and that enforcement is supposed to come rapidly,” Hizzoner said. “I had this conversation with Commissioner Shea and the other commissioners – that has to be very fast.
Though this is a serious matter, the response has been hilarious.
Yeah, I’d like to report this moron. pic.twitter.com/1ieriXfres
— TheRightWingM ?? (@TheRightWingM) April 18, 2020
— Occam's razor burn (@scorobe1) April 18, 2020
— Mo Mo (@MollyRatty) April 18, 2020
NYC health commissioner. pic.twitter.com/6XQ7cpVN95
— Carl Gottlieb (@c_cgottlieb) April 18, 2020
— Jesse Bowman (@jessepbowman) April 18, 2020
It’s not just New York; out in Los Angeles, the mayor there, Eric Garcetti, has set up a hotline for reporting those who have “illegally” opened their “nonessential” business.
To protect our communities, non-essential businesses must remain closed during our Safer at Home emergency order. To report non-essential businesses that are operating illegally, visit: https://t.co/bgKX7F8JmF. pic.twitter.com/7cyPU9Taof
— MayorOfLA (@MayorOfLA) April 17, 2020
As you can imagine, this is not going over any better than de Blasio’s text your photo of social distance violators operation.
— I Hate The Media© ?? (@ihatethemedia) April 17, 2020
— David Courtad (@CourtadDavid) April 17, 2020
Saaayyyyy…what if the business is operated by illegal aliens, so if I report on them they risk being deported?! Isn't that the ultimate betrayal?! Such a dilemma!
— IWillNeverLoveBigBrother (@JewishOdysseus) April 18, 2020
Garcetti has been begging Los Angeles residents to “snitch” on those defying the shutdown orders since March.
Garcetti also used the Tuesday briefing to encourage people in the community to report businesses that continue to violate the order.
“If any non-essential businesses continue to operate in violation of the stay at home order, we’re going to act to enforce the safer at home order and ensure their compliance,” he said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Garcetti said business ambassadors had visited 540 businesses that had not complied with the Safer at Home order. Of those, 144 were visited by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department to ensure compliance with the order.
Four businesses have been referred to the city attorney’s office for misdemeanor filings.
“You know the old expression about snitches, well in this case snitches get rewards,” Garcetti said. “We want to thank you for turning folks in and making sure we are all safe.”
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