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New York City and Los Angeles set up hotlines to report businesses violating coronavirus shutdown orders

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.

The New York Post reports:

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.


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.

As you can imagine, this is not going over any better than de Blasio’s text your photo of social distance violators operation.

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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What’s that old saying? Snitches get stitches. Asking for a friend

Creating a whole new generation of Pavel Morozovs.

    Pavel Trofimovich Morozov was a ficctional 13-year-old boy in the Soviet Union who denounced his father to the authorities and was in turn killed by his family. His story was a subject of reading, songs, plays, a symphonic poem, a full-length opera and six biographies. The apotheosic cult had a huge impact on the moral norms of generations of children, who were encouraged to inform on their parents.

How is this man not considered a Fascist? Regan believed that should fascism ever come to America it would come from the American left, which is where it came from in Germany.

This is what Nazi Germany did to squash dissent. It is what many schools teach the children to do against their parents.

Those people who think it doesn’t matter what information is gathered on them by the government is bad might just start getting a taste of it in NYC and any other areas which look to turn neighbors into snitches. This isn’t moral. This isn’t about criminal behavior, it is government overreach which will not end when this absurd shutdown ends.

    fscarn in reply to oldgoat36. | April 18, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    “Violators face an immediate visit from enforcement agents”

    “Vee have vays of making you talk”

      These “enforcement agents” need to be greeted by “neighborhood welcoming committee” when they arrive. Pressure them to reveal what “neighborhood commissar” ratted. Talk about nothing else until they leave. A one-way conversation that lasts so long as they don’t leave. Make sure you video the entire thing.

        The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Pasadena Phil. | April 19, 2020 at 8:32 am

        And, you just happen to have a lot of cars on the street, both directions, hemming the enforcers in until you get your answers. When the answer is received=, don’t move the cars. Take care of business, then, disappear.

          And how hard would it be for the shop owners and other business owners to get organized an “in your face” opening? This would quickly metastacize into a movement, especially if Trump would start featuring specific incidents as a daily Tweet Storm feature.

          We need to get boldly into the faces of local officials and force them to make a decision about how far they want to go in escalating this. This is exactly what Trump needs to end all of this fascism very quickly. Crank it up.

          Let the “Monty Python constitutionalists” fight over where constitutional authority lies. Trump has the power to reopen the economy even if he doesn’t have the authority. WE are the power. Stop cooperating with the fascists. They can’t stop us and the police are pretty much on our side. The National Guard would be faced with the same family, neighbor, friends issues as the police and the governors cannot call in the Army. It’s a sure loser for the fascists if we just refuse to cooperate.

          So far, this has been a success story built largely on the willingness of citizens to cooperate. We can see why it is so hard to reclaim our rights once we surrender them. NOW is the time to take them back. We have the enemy pinned to the wall.

This little lily white, moonbat seaside town I live in would be delighted to have some way to snitch and punish anyone who does not subscribe to their pathetic life constraints.

One delightful Stasi sympathizer actually called the police to report that someone they did not know was attending a church service.

Yesterday, police were called because two people from Boston had been discovered walking around town! Police advised the miscreants to leave and not come back.

If you see a burglar breaking in, don’t report the burglary, call the 1-800-RAT-FINK line so the police will actually come to the place and might do something before everything is taken.

DogNamedWaylon | April 18, 2020 at 6:55 pm

Kentucky is ahead of the game. At least 18 businesses closed to date.

Send pictures of kittens and puppies.
Lots of them.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to snowshooze. | April 19, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Send pictures of black Ford Explorers and Crown Victorias that have EXEMPT on the license plates. “Yes, operator. A black Ford Explorer. License 1234567 and the word EXEMPT. Both are dressed in dark blue; they are loitering. They’ve been parked in the same spot for several hours, and are sitting right next to each other. ONE OF THEM IS SMOKING!”

A few images of burning cell phones nailed to the sidewalk with the owner lying close by in evident pain will squash this movement. Would it be in The City? LA? Stay tuned.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to DSHornet. | April 19, 2020 at 8:36 am

    “Leave the gun. Take the canolli.”

    “Leave the corpse. Take the iPhone.”

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | April 19, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Don’t take the iPhone, they can be tracked. Unless you can plant it immediately and clandestinely in the possession of a known Комите́т Госуда́рственной Безопа́сности informer.

      Subotai Bahadur

Let the lawsuits fly.

People were willing to put up with this for a few weeks thinking that this was some historic pandemic and they needed to pull through together.

Now the ludicrous and arbitrary rules put through by the ‘experts’ in charge are making it simply too obvious that very little of what they’re doing has anything to do with the virus.

People are switching from ‘scared’ to ‘furious’ REAL quick.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Olinser. | April 19, 2020 at 8:41 am

    1) Lawsuits take years, and lots of money.
    2) Judges today rule on whim, not on law or constitutiona. considerations.
    3) Judges are paid by the same people who pay the enforcers.

Comanche Voter | April 18, 2020 at 7:38 pm

The dark night of fascism–and the creation of new STASI secret police orgnizations falls on blue states and cities, brought by Democrat governors and mayors.

buckeyeminuteman | April 18, 2020 at 7:40 pm

Anyone who rats on their neighbors and fellow businesses would also rat out Ann Frank. Have some shame for once.

The Friendly Grizzly | April 18, 2020 at 7:48 pm

In what languages do they except calls? German? Russian? Chinese?

stevewhitemd | April 18, 2020 at 7:53 pm

This situation requires a full application of Alinsky principles.

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” This means call in all examples of the mayors, the mayor’s families, aides, city council, etc. doing things that violate the orders. They want calls, we give them calls.

“Keep the pressure on. Never let up.” That means keep calling.

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” That means we find ways to turn diBlasio and Garcetti into punchlines. And tell everyone, especially on social media.

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Of course it’s cruel but it works. Go after the mayors personally.

BierceAmbrose | April 18, 2020 at 7:53 pm

While even in a pandemic I’m willing to enjoy the schadenfreude of downstaters getting a dose of their own(*), Hizzhonor De BoBo is demonstraiting, again, how unclear he is on the concept.

The city gov’s job isn’t to tell people what to do, it’s to do things for them, meaning us. (More accurately “by” “them” meaning “us — govt are our agents — but that’s a named-for-the-Proconsul’s dynasty bridge too far to hope.)

— How do people commute in, out and around w/o catching the Kung-Flu?

— Where are the masks. Lots, and lots of masks. N95s, plus instructions on using them right.

— Why are NYC’s infection, hospitalization, and death *rates* relatively high?

De BoBo’s job isn’t to out ban The Hereditary Proconsul, though it is fun to watch them pick at each other. Unless and until you can arrest-as-in-jail the virus the way to arrest-as-in-stop it is … doing things. Things we need to do together. More, things than just banning folks from doing this or that.

(*) Having failed to kill upstaters by looting respirators with the natl guard n black helicoptors, Proconsul Cuomo-the-Younger is bringing retribution to the provences by keepind diffuse regions, n less-upban economy n activities locked down, until Gotham — which isn’t like them — clears its plague. I can’t figure out which is the payoff, and which the bonus: orchestrating abouse of the districts to make the folks in capotol city feel better about themselves, or the actual crushing, of capitol, lives, hope, businesses, families, and so on.

He hasn’t driven all of the “wrong people” out of NY State yet, so, you know, never let a crisis go to waste.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to BierceAmbrose. | April 19, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    The payoff?

    That’s how they get their SEXUAL JOLLIES.


    It has been studied and is well known.
    It’s the same motivation of rapists and child molesters.

    Sexual Assault Is About Power | Psychology Today
    Nov 14, 2017 ·

BierceAmbrose | April 18, 2020 at 7:55 pm

Businesses violating the rules. Not individuals.

It’s like to be in business is to be their enforcement partner, whether you want to be or not.

And like having a registered fixed address makes you easy to find.

Tell me again how gun registration isn’t about taking control.

Can’t wait to see this episode of Blue Bloods.

The dark comedy is that di blasio VIOLATED HIS OWN ORDER!

What commissar do we report him to for deporation to the gulag?

Wouldn’t it be fun to create a roving band of “snitches” that stage so-called violations in order to overwhelm the Jack Boot Enforcement Teams?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to fit77. | April 18, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    The only reason the cops have time for these criminal, unconstitutional acts, it’s because they’re not doing their jobs.

    Neither are their mayors nor their governors doing their jobs.

The new NKVD, courtesy of the perpetually totalitarian, Dhimmi-crat apparatchiks.

We have people here calling 911 because other people are shopping without masks and gloves. I got lectured by some stupid broad with a bandana around her face because I wasn’t wearing a mask. I told her she had two options. 1. Shut the hell up. 2. Shut the hell up and move away from me if it bothers you.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 18, 2020 at 11:22 pm

Shut down these mayors – they have proven to be non-esseniial.

I live in a neighborhood where, judging by the comments on NextDoor, many would be happy to turn in their fellow neighbors because, “Our lives depend on it!” People have actually put in writing that “The rules apply to everybody”, and “rules are rules.” This was concerning the horrific violation of gardeners mowing lawns. Lawn care is not an essential service according to Gov. Gav. How dare these men try and support their families!

I bet Dear Nancy’s yard is manicured.

buckeyeminuteman | April 19, 2020 at 9:28 am

Prank call the lines over and over and over. Bog down the system. Ask if their refrigerator is running. Ask if they have Prince Albert in a can. Shut it down with your ridiculousness.

Let’s not pussyfoot around. Let’s shut down the 911 call centers and have the police stop taking all crime reports. Stop Now!