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The New York City call line set up for people to report others who don’t follow coronavirus social distancing guidelines has been flooded with profanities, memes, and even dick pics.
On Saturday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the establishment of the reporting line.
Things quickly went sideways.
As first reported by theNew York Post, screenshots started circulating of people texting vulgarities and other abuse to the “snitch line,” as it’s come to be known. The mayor was resoundingly mocked in many of the screenshots.
One texted a meme of Adolf Hitler, telling people that reporting social distancing violations was the “Reich thing.”
Another just flipped off the camera.
Others got more creative, such as the person who texted a photoshopped picture of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with a penis-shaped protective face mask.
The saturation of cranks necessitated briefly shutting down the reporting line, the Post reports.
*First Published: Apr 22, 2020, 10:02 am
Claire Goforth is a Jacksonville, Florida-based journalist covering politics, culture, justice, and unicorns. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from regional alt-weeklies to Al Jazeera.