‘Volunteer’ Hawaiians Turn “Paradise On Earth” Into An Island Of Snitches

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Travel publications around the world have referred to the Hawaiian islands as “paradise on earth”. But a much darker and more disturbing trend that was once relegated to the continental United States has taken Hawaii by storm. Much has been written about NextDoor’s “Karen” problems of reporting on people of color, and now as AP News reports, ‘volunteer’ Hawaiians are turning suspected quarantine rule breakers into the police. A former reporter named Angela Keen and her Facebook group of snitches spy on vacationer’s social media pages looking for incriminating pictures. “When members of her Facebook group spot tourists posting about their beach trips on social media, Keen zeroes in on photos for clues like license plate numbers she can run down and distinctive furnishings she can match up with vacation rental listings.” Her group of ‘volunteer’ snitches has spread across the Hawaiian islands, leading to the arrests of 35 vacationers so far.

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