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Forty-five minutes ago we reported that the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals had removed its website designed for Iowans to snitch on other Iowans when it comes to violating COVID regulations are restaurants.

We wanted to allow our readers a few minutes to feel good about winning that battle before introducing the next one.


This time, it’s the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division and their website.

As you can see, there are a couple of places to file a complaint about a bar, restaurant or other event where alcohol is involved.

And, if you click on that link, wouldn’t you know it — there’s a special place to let them know if the complaint is related to COVID-19.

And yes, the Alcoholic Beverages Division wants Iowans to take photos of other Iowans who are breaking COVID guidelines while around alcohol.

Can you imagine what happens if some intoxicated person finds out some stranger is taking their picture and sending it to the state of Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division because they are breaking a COVID restriction?

Seems like it could be a bad situation.

It will be interesting to see if the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division leaves this complaint form as is. The fact that not one, but two state agencies had forms like this would make one wonder where the directive for the complaint form came from.

We will continue to ask questions and report whatever answers we do, or don’t, receive.

Author: Jacob Hall


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