Your Name Please? Kansas City Wants Businesses to Take Names

Your Name Please? Kansas City Wants Businesses to Take Names

Your Name Please? Kansas City Wants Businesses to Take Names

Kansas City, MO, will finally be reopening for business on May 15th. However, there’s one little catch: if you go to a restaurant, the city wants your name and information. It’s for the public good, you see. Oh, and in case you were wondering, that goes for church attendance, too.

Mayor Quinton Lucas revealed the new plan on Wednesday night, which says that if you wish to go to “non-essential” (their words, not mine) establishments such as restaurants, theaters, or yes — church — you have to provide your name and contact information. And that’s even if you attend a funeral.

It’s called the “10/10/10” rule, which means such establishments must be limited to 10% of capacity, or 10 people, whichever is greater. If someone patronizes a business for more than 10 minutes, the business must get their name and information.

Mayor Lucas also assured the public:

“Our goal isn’t to see what everyone is doing and be Big Brother.”

Um, yeah, if you want the name of everyone who patronizes a business open to the public, you are Big Brother.

But the 10/10/10 rule doesn’t just apply to inside gatherings. No, it also goes for outside gatherings as well, for which the city has “allowed” a maximum of 50 persons. You have to provide your name and information if you’re one of those 50, too.

So if you want some brew and BBQ in KC you will need to relinquish your privacy.

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Credit: Anna Majkowska/flickr/CC BY 2.0.

Oh, and if you don’t want to give your information, the business is required to refuse entry. And if that business doesn’t comply? The health department will enforce the rule, warning that infractions “constitute an imminent threat,” and “create an immediate menace to public health.” Such businesses may get a fine if they’re lucky, or ordered to suspend business if they’re not.

But KCMO residents can exercise their disdain with their feet, because as of this time the Kansas side of the KC metro will not be requiring persons to submit their information when Johnson County reopens on May 11th. At least for now. That county tends to follow what its bigger brother on the other side of the state line is up to.

Meanwhile, people are getting fed up with lockdowns, and especially with their elected (and sometimes appointed) leaders treating them like children. And they’ll revolt. Maybe they’ll join in the protests, or maybe they’ll display their anger silently, like park goers in Chicago. They’ve been tearing down fences that the city has put up to keep people out, and yet still social distancing in parks. As Chicago area pastor James Huenink wrote in The Federalist:

“This is what freedom looks like, tearing down fences but still staying safe.” 

Will business owners in Kansas City join in silent protest as well, taking maybe a few names and letting the rest slide? How would the health department know? Unless, perhaps, there’s a snitch or two.

Providing your name and information is not about keeping people safe. It’s about small fry martinets maintaining their authority over the common people. And while we tend to look at mayors and governors as the source of authoritarianism, don’t stop there. Look at who’s running their health departments. They’re probably relishing their power trips, too.


Featured image: Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ/Kansas City/personal image.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • My name and contact info? Sure!

    Donald Duck. 513-3600. 414 E. 12th St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

  • Scott says:

    Name? Jack Mehoff

  • Dick Hurtz…From Holden MO…………Good Luck with That…Mayor Lucas.

  • GWB says:

    Providing your name and information is not about keeping people safe.
    No, it is about contact tracing. Which is a troublesome bit of epidemiology. They want to trace back all of your contacts if you turn up sick.
    But, for something like Winnie The Flu, it doesn’t make sense. It does make sense if you’re tracing, perhaps, a sexually transmitted disease. Or one transmitted by sharing needles among drug users, and also transmissible by other means. But you conceivably (according to the masks-in-public dictates) could contract WTF by walking TO the store, past people who aren’t recorded at all.

    Also, keep in mind that a great number of us are already leaving behind our data. Anyone who doesn’t pay in cash is leaving a trail that includes their name and (ultimately) address.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      “Also, keep in mind that a great number of us are already leaving behind our data. Anyone who doesn’t pay in cash is leaving a trail that includes their name and (ultimately) address.”

      That’s true, and I pointed that out to my husband yesterday. But assuming that submission of our contact information (I’m hearing a bad German accent: your papers, please) is separate from credit card information, where will they store that information? How safe is that list? What could possibly go wrong?

      • GWB says:

        What could possibly go wrong?

        Oh, and I hear that phrase in a very good German accent. With Russian subtitles.

        • DM says:

          As noted in comment below, Hitler & Himmler & Mao & Stalin & Lenin would all be very proud of Herr Lucas. Does he have cattle cars ready for the church goers?

  • Kate Yare says:

    Selective contact tracing for what purpose? People are swarming WalMart stores, and nobody is taking their names and address information, and these are the same people who will be going to restaurants and attending other gatherings. This selective contact tracing will be leaving out a whole lot of contacts, yielding some pretty faulty data.

  • Bill Dumanch says:

    To ALL KC persons-

    Burner phone.
    Works for the CIA.
    And, the Mafia…

  • Ampleforth says:

    Unless they are requiring people to show an ID, Use cash, adopt an alias, and give them the address to the local Democrat party headquarters.

    You can find it on the interwebs.

  • DM says:

    UNCONSTITUTIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION. Taking names of church goers, my my my Hitler & Mao & Stalin & Lenin would be sooo very proud.

    18 USC 242 Denial of Civil Rights under Color of Law
    Section 242 of Title 18 makes it a crime for a person acting under color of any law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States.
    Deprivation Of Rights Under Color Of Law – Justice

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