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There is a Facebook group called Maine: No Mask No Service. The group ostensibly started to keep track of which businesses, in their opinions, were properly following Governor Mills’ edicts so they could frequent those businesses. Like the Stanford College experiment of 1971 where some students were prisoners and others were guards Click Here, members of Maine: No Mask No Service have quickly devolved into to their own unofficial self-appointed roles to enforce Governor Mills’ mandates and are harassing businesses they have deemed not in compliance and are proudly posting that they’ve reported those who are not complying, in their own self important opinions.
As for members, meet some of your fellow Maine citizens who are quite proud of their reporting prowess and other measures to shame people into wearing a mask:
Meet Amanda (Marcoux) Vogel. Amanda likes to post the Governor’s snitch site nearly every time she sees someone make a complaint.
This time, Amanda Marcoux Vogel gives the Governor’s Snitch site link along with a comment calling people who don’t wear masks “plague rats.” I have to wonder what it’s like to live in Amanda’s world where if you don’t do what she wants you to do, she calls you a nasty name. Amanda also reminds people they don’t need to stick to their convictions about reporting businesses and informs them how to keep their reports away from public scrutiny via the Freedom of Information Act.
Amanda Marcoux Vogel is also mad! Do you hear me? She’s mad. It reminds me of that song on Sesame Street – “I’m angry. Very very angry. Real mad.” I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I wonder what she means about “having to actively find ways for these people to be personally affected.”
An actual reasonable person in the group, Maine: No Mask No Service, suggested being positive rather than negative to get their intended results. Amanda, however, was having none of that positivity nonsense.
And then there’s this guy, Bill David, who thinks standing outside of stores and berating people for not wearing masks is a prudent way of making people bow to his Mask Enforcement Badge (just kidding – he doesn’t have an actual badge – apparently, he must think he does though). It’s a law people!!! Except sadly for Bill, it’s not a law. Maybe people “we’re (sic) so mean” because he’s not minding his own business and was harassing strangers. Bill?
So while Bill was out and about yelling at random shoppers at Hannaford to Mask Up because it’s the law (or something), we have this absolutely brilliant idea to annoy people who are just trying to get through their day without being harassed by some chucklehead (Frank Markgren) following them around with a camera. Anne G. Hammond thinks is a good idea! I’m sorry Anne that’s not a good idea. It’s a buttheaded idea if ever I heard one. Nina Mendez-Pottle (what is it about hyphenated names?) also wants to upload videos of fellow Maine citizens. I’d bang my head on my desk about now but I already have a concussion from doing that yesterday after seeing what these people are doing to other fellow Mainers. Never fear, Gigi Larrc, admin for the group, Maine: No Mask No Service is on hand to provide legal advice for recording conversations or video taping the people in your community. Frank Markgren reminds folks to “take the photos” “take the videos” because there is “no excuse. None.” Well dear readers, except, in my humble opinion, there should be an excuse for not photographing and videoing strangers simply to harangue them online.
Thanks for the lovely email Debora Norton. It was so well thought out and intelligent.
And yes Debora, I will keep writing especially when I know I must be doing something right if self-important and self-righteous nincompoops are sending me fan mail. As an FYI, it’s not harassment to post someone’s own words that were already posted on the internet. The hypocrisy of saying posting your own words is harassment is astounding to me since you and your group have no issue harassing businesses, non-mask wearers and people with whom you disagree.
This is just Part II of this multi part series. Check back soon for another edition of Who Are the Snitches in your Neighborhood. In the meantime, if you have screenshots. information or tips you’d like to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.