The Snoop Next Door Is Posting to YouTube

By | July 5, 2021

Carl Bialik from WSJ writes “Your most trivial missteps are increasingly ripe for exposure online, reports the Wall Street Journal, thanks to cheap cameras and entrepreneurs hoping to profit from websites devoted to the exposure. From the article: ‘The most trivial missteps by ordinary folks are increasingly ripe for exposure as well. There is a proliferation of new sites dedicated to condemning offenses ranging from bad parking and leering to littering and general bad behavior. One site documents locations where people have failed to pick up after their dogs. Capturing newspaper-stealing neighbors on video is also an emerging genre. Helping drive the exposés are a crop of entrepreneurs who hope to sell advertising and subscriptions.’ But other factors are at work, including a return to shame as a check on social behavior, says an MIT professor.”


Many Web sites — some general, some specific — catalog everyday misdeeds committed by average people. Here is a sampling:

Bad driving;;; On these sites, users can report bad drivers and cite license plate numbers. At some, people can also report good drivers, though far fewer do so. At least eight PlateWire users have chastised themselves online, including one in Nevada last month who apologized for cutting another driver off in a post titled “Telling on Myself.”
Bad or illegal parking;; youparklikeana** Parking on the sidewalk, taking up two spaces, cramping in another driver — they’re all there. doesn’t show many photos, but it says it sold about 30,000 bumper stickers displaying the site address last year, up from 10,000 in 2005.
Leaving dog droppings; Photos and videos on the two sites have captions like “bad owner.” One YouTube chronicle, “a nice doggy’s bad owner leaves a landmine on Dean Street in Brooklyn,” has been viewed nearly 1,300 times since it went up in April.
Leering, whistling at women and other HollaBack sites Women can post pictures and videos of men who leer or make comments like “hey baby, wanna make love??!!” launched in 2005, inspired by one woman who photographed a lewd man on the subway. Now, there are at least 14 other local sites in the U.S. and Canada.
Littering Site doesn’t post license plate numbers of littering drivers, but it does act. Reported plateholders in participating states (Pennsylvania, Texas and North Carolina) get a notice — the site sends the details to the state, which then mails a letter to the vehicle owner. For other states, the site may send an email to the governor.
Loud talking on a cellphone; Flickr abounds with pictures of people talking loudly on cellphones or displaying bad cell etiquette. Could you be there? Photos have titles and comments like “TalksTooLoud,” “Loud talker” and “Chatty McBlabsalot.”
Yelling at children Five-month-old site has about 190 sightings so far, and most relate tales of bad behavior. Two more sites for nannies — and — have since been launched in reaction.