1-800-RAT-OUTS


The current COVID-19 Code Red situation in Montreal has caused an interesting conundrum, one that has received many hours of radio talk and newspaper ink. The number of people allowed to convene in one’s house is limited. The government radio advertisement states that ‘Indoor gatherings of family and friends are prohibited’. Not ‘not suggested’, not ‘not recommended’, prohibited.

Are we, due to justifiable COVID-19 fears, becoming a society of rats?

Fair enough. But how do we control this? Obviously a very large number of people in a house will be evident from noise and cars parked in the area. But what about a group of six people? Prohibited, but easy to hide. This is where neighbours enter the fray. Are people expected to call 911 to bring to the attention of the police a party of six neighbours? Are we, due to justifiable COVID-19 fears, becoming a society of rats? What will this do to community relations in the future?

Anyone who has ever watched the A&E series The First 48 will be familiar with the phrase ‘snitches get stitches and end up in ditches’. Not that I’m suggesting vengeance be wrought upon anyone who does call the police, but there was a time when snitching was looked down on. Not just among hard-core criminals, but in general.

I hope that if while protecting the caller’s privacy, some thought is given to the potential damage of mistakes or hoax calls. They have a local number, but I’d suggest 1-800-RAT-OUTS.

In Montreal, and I imagine other cities, there is an entity called Info-Crime. They are not the police, but they work in conjunction with law enforcement. Their ads claim that they are anonymous and confidential. I hope that if while protecting the caller’s privacy, some thought is given to the potential damage of mistakes or hoax calls. They have a local number, but I’d suggest 1-800-RAT-OUTS.

Are we to extrapolate from this that grey Hondas are the cars of choice for drug dealers? Could they not have just said ‘a grey mid-sized car’?

But perhaps the people who should be most irked by the Info-Crime radio ads is Honda. Yep, the car manufacturer. During the Montreal radio spot an actress is heard portraying someone placing, what is assumed to be an anonymous and confidential call, about a person she thinks is selling drugs. She mentions his name, his address, and her concern about his nefarious business. All fictitious one hopes. However, the call on the ad also includes a description of the alleged drug dealer’s car; a grey Honda.

Are we to extrapolate from this advertisement that grey Hondas are the cars of choice for drug dealers? Could they not have just said ‘a grey mid-sized car’? Why did they include the make of car in the ad?

Published by DCMontreal

DCMontreal - Deegan Charles Stubbs - is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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