Over 900 Lockdown-Violation Tipsters Learn Hard Way Reports Are Public Record

Sandy Malone

More than 900 St. Louis County residents were outed for having told on non-essential businesses that stayed open.

St. Louis County, MO – The names and contact information of more than 900 St. Louis County residents who tattled on non-essential businesses for staying open during the pandemic lockdown have been released to the general public, and some of the tipsters said they are afraid of retribution.

In the last week of March, St. Louis County announced they had created an online reporting system and dedicated email address for tips about businesses that were not complying with local and state shutdown orders, KSDK reported.

Many of the more than 900 tipsters that tattled to the county asked that their complaint remain anonymous because they feared backlash from neighbors and employers.

Jared Totsch obtained that list of names and contact information through a Sunshine Law request and posted the information on Facebook with an explanation of why he had done so, KSDK reported.

“Here ya go. The gallery of snitches, busybodies, and employees who rat out their own neighbors and employers over the Panic-demic,” Totsch posted to a Facebook group on April 16.

“A tiny few look like they have legit beefs. Most do not,” he continued. “But it’s all public record and you make the call. This fishing expedition by the County resulted in at least 50 local businesses being notified by letter to close down or else.”

In fact, 29 of the St. Louis County businesses that were cited in April came to the attention of the authorities via tips sent in by the community, KSDK reported.

Totsch said that what was most shocking was that the St. Louis County website for tattling actually had a disclaimer on it that warned people making reports that their information could become public if it were requested under the Missouri Sunshine Law.

“If they are worried about retaliation, they should have read the fine print which stated their tips would be open public record subject to a Sunshine request, and should not have submitted tips in that manner to begin with,” Totsch told KSDK in a written message. “I released the info in an attempt to discourage such behavior in the future.”

He said he didn’t feel badly about the tipsters who told KSDK they were afraid because they knew there would be consequences for the businesses they tattled on.

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

His attitude was frustrating to a woman named Patricia who was one the people Totsch doxxed with his list, KSDK reported.

“We're in a society where doing what's right doesn't always get rewarded,” Patricia said.

She told KSDK that three people in her household are at high-risk for coronavirus.

“We have to be extra careful because we don’t have the strength to fight this,” she said. “I saw a lot of businesses that were non-essential that were open and had lines outside, parking lots filled as if the order didn't matter to them. And that was kinda frustrating."

But Patricia said she would never trust the county to protect her information again, KSDK reported.

“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,” she said.

Patricia and numerous other tipsters requested their information be kept anonymous despite the warning on the webpage, KSDK reported.

The Sunshine Law gives the public and the media access to all public agency records with the exception of tips to municipal hotlines about abuse and wrongdoing.

But the Missouri Attorney General’s Office told the county that the coronavirus tipsters didn’t qualify as exempt, according to KSDK.

“In this particular instance, our county counselor’s office consulted with the [attorney general]’s office on releasing the list of those who had filed complaints against county businesses,” St. Louis County Executive Director of Communications Doug Moore said. “We were told all the information was public and we should not redact (except for HIPAA information). Withholding information goes against what journalists push us to be – as transparent as possible.”

The county has been struggling to comply with a consent order involving the Sunshine Law that is a holdover from violations made by the previous administration, KSDK reported.

Patricia said next time something happened, she wouldn’t be tattling on anybody.

“When there is something that happens next time, I'm not going to feel safe or protected enough to call the local authorities,” she told KSDK.

Comments (56)
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Trashman67
Trashman67

Unless it directly affects you keep your business to your business.

Proofwhenasked
Proofwhenasked

If you feel you can tattle on someone don't think it's being hidden, call on loud Music your info is no longer kept out of the report, you should have gotten the hint when a whistleblower who lied told on the President, Stay as safe as you need but if your so afraid you won't go shop, then don't wonder when your choice is to starve or to take a chance.

Chucoloco
Chucoloco

Snitches get stitches

Chucoloco
Chucoloco

Also this idiot who is posting that information claiming karma, he will get his on his way. I hope he hets what he deserves

Chucoloco
Chucoloco

Sntcher snitching on snitchers. Ironic

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

“When there is something that happens next time, I'm not going to feel safe or protected enough to call the local authorities,” she told KSDK.

she learned cops aren't there to help.
snitches get stitches!

Trefflek
Trefflek

Maybe the residents can stop acting like they're in Nazi Germany, tuning in the jews and go back to being good Americans, minding their own business.

Farmer
Farmer

Patricia is a rat fink.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Mind your own business an stay out of other people's business problem solved

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Patricia has made the decision to go into the witness protection program. Her new name will be Karen.

Buzz17
Buzz17

I'm sick of people whining about "having people who are at high-risk of coronavirus." "At high risk" doesn't mean anyone is sick or will get sick! Unless you're one of the 1% who end up in the ICU--not even on a ventilator--you're just part of the group that gets a severe case of the flu. This thing has been grossly overblown & everyone who owns or works for a small business has been forced to pay a huge price for it--loss of jobs, loss of businesses, depression, anxiety, potential loss of homes, etc. Perhaps the snitchers need to consider what those they're snitching on are suffering & it's far worse than covid in many cases.

stratognat
stratognat

WE OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO USE THE SUNSHINE LAW TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHO JARED IS AND WHERE HE LIVES... AT THIS POINT ALL WE KNOW IS SLIMEBAG CHICKENBLEEP JARED, WHO WOULD JEOPARDIZE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY TO PUSH SOME WEIRD ALT RIGHT AGENDA OR WHATEVER.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

COVID-#19 was designed to crush the world economy, eliminate a duly elected POTUS and turn his country into a 3rd world toilet!

If "Patricia" didn't know that ... she sure as hell should have!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

No wonder the US has the highest number of Covid-19 related deaths in the world.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Here is the 900+ page pdf...

copblaster.com/uploads/files/missouri-coronavirus-snitches.pdf

Looks like a lot of people looking for sick days when they are not yet sick.

Disgruntled_in_Cali
Disgruntled_in_Cali

Sounds like Patricia got a dose of reality! If your not willing to stand in front of your deeds then don't do them.....

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

If you're not afraid of the "KGB" then you shouldn't be afraid of retribution. And since you are proud of socialism, stand up and own up to your being an informant.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

If you received a flu shot in the last 10 years, you are at a high risk for the coronavirus only because when you get those shots, they inject you with a number of virus' and the coronavirus was planned since Trump got in to crash the economy by the left wing politicians. It is no worse than any other Type A Flu virus

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

STUPID GUTLESS NAZI SQUEALERS BETTER BE AFRAID. NONE of their F ing business what someone else is doing that is not already a crime. AMERICA IS DEAD BECAUSE of an Over Abundance of PU##IES. THE VIRUS IS A LIE. THE VIRUS DOES NOT KILL 100% HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS !!!.
The C.D.C, COMMUNIST DIRECTIVE CENTER ,controlled by COMMIE Operative tony fauci continues to send SEVEN PAGE !! Directives to medical centers Instructing DR.'s , Hospitals how to Falsify the Death Certificate to show co19 as primary cause of death. !!! FKING LIYING COMMIE
I AM 67. MY LAST FLU SHOT..WAS 2004. I HAVE NOT AND F ING WILL NOT WEAR A MASK !!! WHY AM I NOT DEAD ?!
IF THAT OFFENDS YOU. STAY HIDDEN UNDED YOUR BED AND PEE ON YOURSELF !!

HYPERCAPNEA !!! WEARING a COVER OVER YOUR MOUTH & NOSE......YOU REBREATH PUKED UP NASTY PARTICLE'S FROM INSIDE YOUR BODY....CARBON DIOXIDE. P O I S O N .

Former liberal
Former liberal

Stupid indoctrinated sheeple snitching on other Americans and interfering with other people's lives... Not only is Karma a bitch, but if things really start getting worse in this country, there are likely people out there who when they have nothing else to lose, will really deliver retribution. I have no sympathy for the small minded, retarded idiots who snitched on others. Have they ever heard of the Constitution?

merlin9
merlin9

"Snitches get stiches". Mind yer bidness.

dlkoshuta
dlkoshuta

Is that why they keep lying about the numbers? Yes, people have died (the vast majority with serious underlying health conditions) but this has gotten completely out of control. Hospitals are empty, people are being furloughed or having their positions completely eliminated. I have read multiple accounts by MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS who repeat and repeat that these people don't need to be on ventilators. In fact, the vents are causing more harm than good. Let's face facts here; this was designed to be a "dress rehearsal" for Socialism because that is the only way the powers that think they are can attempt to take over the country. What they don't seem to realize though is that there are MANY of us who WILL fight back, no matter what it takes.

dlkoshuta
dlkoshuta

Absolutely on target! How many times must we be told that healthy adults wearing masks all day won't be healthy for very long if they keep doing it? I always go back to my saying: how many times do you have to be lied to before you figure out you're being lied to?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

This is actually a tough call. The "snitches" have nothing to worry about, because business owners are citizens. On the other hand, the term "snitch" is used by the criminal world. In the adult world, people with that label get killed, especially in prison. What possible reason for deciding those snitches/tipsters needed to be exempt from the Sunshine Law protection? The only reason I can think of is to open the door to confrontation. The law specifically states "wrongdoing" as a criterion to withhold the identities of tipsters. It could very well be a case of other owners of the same businesses upset because they are watching their business go down the drain, due to obeying the law, while their competition gets ALL the customers. The way my moral compass looks at this and any situation is you obey the law, regardless of whether or not you agree with it. In the case of California, it seems most people just move, like Elon Musk just announced.

LT. MILLER
LT. MILLER

The nazi gestapo could not have been as strong or successful if not for the help from ordinary citizens who were eager and willing inform on their fellow citizens. It was the use of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon mechanism of prison surveillance of all inmates by one guard centrally located within a rotunda on a grand societal scale with no need for the architectural aspect.

Bentham believed a single guard could watch hundreds of prisoners from a central location and with the assistance of prisoner informermants no one really know who was being watched. The goal being prisoners would self regulate their behavior becoming model prisoners and operating within social norms.

The Panopticon mechanism of surveillance is a tool of oppression and social control. Many modern social scientists regard Bentham's entire philosophy as having paved the way for totalitarian states like nazi Germany.

In his 1949 novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell expanded on the concept of surveillance and "big brotherism" to exert social control and oppress the masses by saying: "there was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment ... you had to live ... in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinised".

I wonder how the rise of hitler's Reich and stalin's United Socialist Soviet Republic to power would have been effected had society NOT been so eager and willing to inform on family, friends and neighbors.


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