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To think every small neighbourhood has a community Facebook group, aka "Coronavirus watch"

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dotty202 Fri 24-Apr-20 12:25:52

I fully understand we should not be gallivanting to the beaches and throwing house parties, however, I live on a small estate and the amount of people who are posting very revealing information about people's activities is legitimately crazy.

We have one man 'running' it all (self-nominated, of course!) who set it up some months ago. Previously it was posts like, "this child stroked my cat, please don't" and "this delivery driver has approximately 2 inches of wheel over my dropped curb, how terrible is this" Photos included. We had the occasional reasonable post, but mostly it was a lot of very middle class people faffing about. (Sadly we are not included in that, we are barely clinging onto the house and it's in a state of disrepair, which I'm sure will also end up on the Facebook group under the guise of "let's keep our neighbourhood presentable" grin )

Now, however, it has moved onto coronavirus. Posts everyday calling everyone selfish for the Tesco nearby having no flour, like our small neighbourhood of 200 houses is single handedly depleting the massive superstore of all the stock. One guy posting and demanding to know where his neighbours were travelling too on a Sunday at 4pm. (Turned out to be a lady kindly delivering shopping to elderly people, completely voluntarily.) Another actually posted a photo of a mother and child alone in the park, faces fully revealed. (I get it's not allowed, but why not say something at the time? A photo on social media is not appropriate or needed, especially of a child.)

And the one that's really got me... My neighbour knows that my DD came back from uni as of yesterday, and has now posted saying, "I hope to remind everyone that no mixing of households is appropriate, even if it is family." My DD has an extremely bad history of mental health including self harm and couldn't take being alone anymore, so I went and got her. Wasn't going to take the risk. She hasn't left the house in two weeks, so extremely unlikely to have anything. She's been unintentionally, completely quarantined.

Like I said, I understand lockdown is important, but this endless policing seems ridiculous. I would just leave the group, but at the same time I will stay in it as occasionally it has something useful in it. Muted instead.

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puffinandkoala Fri 24-Apr-20 12:28:49

Leave the group OP, do you need to be in it? I left our local "support" group as it turned out to be the local branch of the coronastasi.

I don't think seeing how stupid/lazy/nosey/paranoid other people are is conducive to good mental health. OK I am on MN but I can choose which threads to read and I ignore a lot of the ones I think will annoy me.

dotty202 Fri 24-Apr-20 12:32:01

I probably will leave at some point, my DP is in it anyway, It is muted, but sometimes they have stuff about the school on there which is useful.

It was originally very entertaining, however.

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BerriesAndLeaves Fri 24-Apr-20 12:57:37

What was the problem with a mum and child being in the park? Wouldn't it have been exercise?

dotty202 Fri 24-Apr-20 13:33:35


All playgrounds are closed, however, this was before then. There was nothing wrong with it, really. And taking it too social media was horrible for the poor mum!

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Kokeshi123 Fri 24-Apr-20 13:53:26

What about speaking out? You might find that there are a lot of people who disagree with you but were scared to say anything.

Waxonwaxoff0 Fri 24-Apr-20 13:55:31

We have one of those "Spotted" pages full of busybodies sending in anonymous posts about "couples shopping together" and other stuff. It's getting on my nerves.

BerriesAndLeaves Fri 24-Apr-20 14:26:03

Oh they were in the playground bit. I see.

TabbyMumz Fri 24-Apr-20 20:31:09

I'd actually enjoy doing everything they complain about. I'd walk past his window 10 times, going on a walk, and wave at him.

Wingedharpy Fri 24-Apr-20 20:38:40

Yes @TabbyMumz.
And wear a different coloured hat each time you walk past.

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