Hundreds of ‘snitches’ in Missouri who turned in stay-at-home rule breakers now fearing retaliation after details leaked online
(Natural News) More than 900 Missourians who alerted authorities to people violating the state’s stay-at-home order designed to reduce exposures to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) now say they are in fear for their safety after details about them were leaked online.
The UK’s Daily Mail reports that the names and addresses of the ‘snitches’ were released as part of a media request under the Show Me State’s Sunshine Law, which permits such information to be released to a public agency, with some exceptions.
Officials in St. Louis County, the so-called ‘epicenter’ for coronavirus in Missouri, urged people to alert them to anyone not following prescribed social distancing guidelines. Authorities noted in the terms and conditions that information received could be shared publicly.
The Daily Mail noted further:
However some people may not have read the small print submitted tips via an online form and email from the end of March.
Many had asked for their communications to remain private.
Documents that were published online were discovered and then shared on social media platforms. One man, Jared Totsch, spread it further by posting the names and addresses on a Facebook group.
“Here ya go. The gallery of snitches, busybodies, and employees who rat out their own neighbors and employers over the Panic-demic,” he wrote, the Daily Mail reported.
The wave of complaints to authorities resulted in 29 businesses being cited by police in April. Now, people are concerned they’ll be fired as a result of reporting the companies they work for, or that people may retaliate against them.
“I’m not only worried about COVID, I’m worried about someone showing up at my door, showing up at my workplace or me getting fired for doing what is right,” one tipster named Patricia told KSDK-TV. “When there is something that happens next time, I’m not going to feel safe or protected enough to call the local authorities.”