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May 06, 2020

Missouri Informants Who Snitched on Fellow Citizens For Violating Stay-At-Home Orders Surprised To Learn That Their Snitching is Subject to Open Records Laws

I think this phenomenon of people rushing to play the role of Uncompensated Volunteer Informant for the state is closely related to the Surveillance Society that social media has bequeathed us, with everyone eager to "call out" and "cancel" other fellow human beings.

Fuck these people. If they feel threatened -- good. If they resent the all-seeing eyes of the Panopticon -- good.

Enjoy the hell you made, brick by miserable, hateful brick.

Residents in Missouri were encouraged to snitch on businesses that broke Gov. Mike Parson's (R) stay-at-home orders. A website and email address were launched so residents could anonymously report non-essential businesses being open. What residents didn't expect, however, was for their personal information to be released.

Under Missouri's Sunshine Law, members of the public can access records and meetings. Jared Totsch decided to file a Sunshine Law request. When he received the information, he shared the information on Facebook.

“Here ya go. The gallery of snitches, busybodies, and employees who rat out their own neighbors and employers over the Panic-demic," the Facebook post stated.

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Totsch was unapologetic, especially for those employees who may lose their job for turning in their employers.

"I'd call it poetic justice, instant Karma, a dose of their own medicine," he said. "What goes around, comes around. They are now experiencing the same pain that they themselves helped to inflict on those they filed complaints against."


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