NYC Sets Up Lockdown Violation Hotline, Is Flooded With Absolutely Vulgar Memes
New York, NY – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a tip line on Saturday for people to turn in neighbors and businesses who weren’t practicing social distancing, but so far New Yorkers have expressed their opinion on the “snitch line” by flooding it with obscene pictures and prank messages.
De Blasio posted a video to social media that explained all residents had to do was snap a picture of the offenders and send it to the snitch line set up specifically for the purpose of ratting out neighbors.
If that was too complicated for some, the mayor said in the video that pictures could be texted directly to 311 (NOTE: This was only for New York City, please don't try this).
“When you see a crowd, when you see a line that's not distanced, when you see a supermarket that's too crowded - anything - you can report it right away so we can get help there to fix the problem,” de Blasio said in the video. “All you’ve got to do is take the photo and put the location with it, and, bang, send a photo like this and we will make sure that enforcement comes right away."
The New York City mayor announced in March that people who didn’t abide by social-distancing instructions could face fines as much as $500, FOX News reported.
But instead of flooding the tip line will pictures of New Yorkers standing too close to one another, residents have used it for various other purposes, including to complain that de Blasio has continued to go to the gym during a pandemic.
They have also shared vulgar reports and memes about de Blasio with prostitutes which aren't suitable for publication.
In fact, there were so many bogus tips sent in after the announcement that the city had to shut down 311 so that they could sort through what was junk and what might be real, the New York Post reported.
The city confirmed on Tuesday that the 311 text line had been temporarily shut down.
“This issue has been resolved, but it was not a technical issue on 311’s part,” de Blasio spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie told the New York Post.
The response to the mayor’s new tip line was predictably angry and hilarious on social media.
A New York Police Department (NYPD) source said that people have been sending actual penis pictures to the mayor’s tip line, the New York Post reported.
“The city has begun vetting everything before dispersing the information to precincts,” the source said.