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With snitching fast becoming accepted behavior in many liberal circles, billionaire Mark Cuban has taken on the role of coronavirus compliance police in Dallas, Texas.
With Republican Gov. Greg Abbott slowly reopening the Texas state economy, the NBA owner of the Dallas Mavericks did not live up to his team’s name, as he proudly announced on Twitter that he hired secret shoppers to investigate how businesses in the city were complying with coronavirus social distracting protocols.
“I Hired a Team of Secret Shoppers to Find Out How Businesses Were Opening in Dallas. It’s Not Good,” he tweeted, linking to his own blog.
I Hired a Team of Secret Shoppers to Find Out How Businesses Were Opening in Dallas. It’s Not Good. https://t.co/4WxA1BO3dL
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 7, 2020
“I wanted to get an understanding of what opening meant to businesses around Dallas,” Cuban wrote. “Were they opening? What precautions were they taking? Were employees in safe environments? And bigger picture, I wanted to know if these are places that I would feel safe taking my family to.”
So Cuban hired the company ShiftSmart to snoop on Dallas businesses as if these companies don’t have enough on their plates already trying to stay afloat.
But then, when you have money to burn — Cuban’s net worth is reportedly $4.3 billion — this is what you do.
The methodology was to conduct physical audits at 300 restaurants and retail stores in Dallas to assess compliance against state re-opening protocols.
Sharing that only 36% of businesses chose to open on the opening weekend, Cuban then noted that the audit results showed 96% of the businesses were “non-compliant across all mandatory protocols and all locations.”
“Media coverage, showcasing owner sentiment and infection statistics, paint a picture of a large degree of latent fear in the marketplace,” Cuban said, in reference to the 64% of businesses that chose not to open.
For now, no companies were named. But Cuban let it be known that he plans to be checking again in the days and weeks ahead.
“We will do this again a couple more times so we can learn what the trends are and try to learn from it,” he wrote.
To get a feel for where Cuban stands on the pandemic, he announced that he would not open Mavericks practice facilities after the NBA permitted teams to do so, as long they were in compliance with local law.
The billionaire said he would not open up until mass testing was available.
“The problem obviously is because we can’t test people, then we can’t assure anybody’s safety, whether they’re basketball players or anybody else,” Cuban said. “Even though we can try to take all different types of precaution, it’s just not worth it, particularly when our guys are staying in shape, and going outside and shooting on outdoor hoops, and working out in various ways. I just don’t think the risk is worth the reward.”
Cuban dismissed those who criticized his actions, chalking it up to what’s expected on Twitter:
It’s twitter. That’s what people do. Thanks
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) May 10, 2020
As for the reaction, a quick scan of social media shows plenty of folks are prepared to “adult our way through this crisis.”
Adulting, as in making decisions for themselves and standing by the consequences of those choices.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Cuban 2020! Make America Snitch again!
— Membrane55 (@membrane55) May 9, 2020
Help, don’t hate.
— Peter Dilecto (@realtruthkings) May 7, 2020
— Life & Liberty (@LifeLiberty3) May 9, 2020
Why? Nobody elected you to do squat. 🙄 This is creepy.
— penelope210 (@penelopesire) May 8, 2020
You want to keep Texas closed? No thanks. Most of the recommendations have been unscientific and wrong. I’m ready to adult our way through this crisis.
Please disclose any shorts you have on the market.
— Ali (@ali) May 7, 2020
These businesses are already handicapped; adding requirements that further retard their business is not practical for them if it costs money… it’s either on or off… Let the individual consumer decide what their personal degree of acceptance is.
— Johnny_Nash (@Johnny_Nash615) May 7, 2020
We are opening! People’s choice! Leave it alone
— not jack! (@ForThePeopal) May 7, 2020
This world isn’t a safe place. It wasn’t built to be safe. It was built to make us tougher than we imagine. We are stronger than forces at work would have us believe. This rant about safety is only propaganda to make us more reliant on other institutions and man made regulations.
— A Different Kind (@DanielL711) May 8, 2020
Don’t like what you see, don’t visit the establishment. To be clear Mark, Americans don’t need to be told where to go, what to buy and how to do it. We have figured it out for 400 years and we will figure this out. You do you, I’ll do me.
— johnsouthcoast (@johnsouthcoast) May 10, 2020
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