Once again, one has to ask:
What’s the matter with these people?
California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a shelter in place order for the Golden State’s nearly 40 million residents to stay at home from March 20 to the foreseeable future. California is third among the states in number of Wuhan virus cases. So, naturally, people went to enjoy themselves at the beaches, hiking trails and parks.
New Jersey police arrested Eliyohu Zaks last week after a neighbor notified law enforcement that a large crowd had been observed at his home. It was a wedding. Police dispersed the crowd of at least fifty and charged Zaks with “maintaining a public nuisance.” Earlier in the week, police broke up two other weddings in the same neighborhood, and the day before, a fourth homeowner, Shaul Kuperwasser, was also charged with “maintaining a public nuisance” by hosting more than fifty friends at his residence.
This is something of an epidemic of its own. “The Lakewood Police is asking that its citizens be responsible and obey the directives set forth by the State of New Jersey for the safety and health of all,” local law enforcement said in a statement. “Those that choose not to will be subject to criminal prosecution.”
More than a dozen property owners have been ticketed for their actions in violation of Governor Murphy’s executive order banning gatherings of more than 50 people. Murphy was not happy, saying, “We basically have banned any social gatherings in the state. We want no gatherings of any kind. We want people to stay home, period.”
The TP Thief
Urban Dictionary recently coined the term covidiot to describe the people above, and especially “a person who hoards goods, denying them from neighbors.” One example given of a sentence using the word was “Did you see that covidiot with 300 rolls of toilet paper in his basket?”
You know, like this guy…
In Orlando, Florida, Angel Hernandezcinto has been arrested for allegedly stealing 66 rolls of toilet paper from a hotel. Though the rolls are valued at just 99 cents each, he could be facing up to five years in prison for a third degree felony. A security guard for the Marriott Hotel in Orlando saw Hernandezcinto, who was a member of the cleaning crew at the hotel, pushing a trash can and bag inside his van. The guard checked, and there was the toilet paper.
Hernandezcinto explained that the rolls were for a poor woman he knows. A poor woman with a real problem, apparently.