Busybodies protecting children from the horror of mellow parents

There’s a small group of pot-obsessed prohibitionists who don’t have anything meaningful to do and instead have decided…

Cherry Creek parents to spy on Aurora’s new pot stores

One parent commented on our news item Monday morning that he or she has organized more than 24 other parents from neighboring Cherry Creek Schools to spy on the city’s new recreational pot shops — to see if they recognize anyone, to take photos to share with one another, to “publicly shame those who think pot is cool,” according to the comment from user the3Ds, who apparently works at Denver International Airport, lives in Tallyn’s Reach and volunteers at her daughter’s school library.

According to the reader’s comment, their group will “document every person who walks into that shop. We will also make an effort to take a photo and send it around to each other to see if it’s a parent at one of our kid’s schools. We have also promised to tell everyone we know that the parent is a pot-head and make sure to notify the Principals that we don’t want that parent chaperoning our children’s field trips, driving carpool to school events or hosting our kids at their house for slumber parties and playdates.”

How ridiculous.

Hmmm… this seems like a good opportunity for a counter spying operation. Take pictures of those taking pictures and shame the shamers. I can imagine flyers with the picture of one of them taking a picture from their car, with the caption: “Have you seen this person lurking in your neighborhood?”

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14 Responses to Busybodies protecting children from the horror of mellow parents

  1. primus says:

    This will last about a week. Parents don’t have the time to watch this legal business more than a few hours a week. Much smoke, no fire.

  2. claygooding says:

    It makes you wonder if some people think things past their dicks,,closing a legal marijuana store that checks ID’s will decrease street prices and increase dealers giving their children even easier access.

    I wonder if these “parents” ever learned any card games,yard games or dominoes as kids because they need some new activities or hobbies.

    • Duncan2003 says:


      Based on my own personal observations it seems to me that the singular thing that the hysterical sycophants of prohibition hate and fear the most is being forced to know where people go to buy their pot. I think that it may be because if they know the location of the local cannabis monger then they can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist.

  3. allan says:

    I thought Miz Taylor lived in CA?

    • Duncan2003 says:

      C’mon, she’s big enough to sustain residency in several States simultaneously. Didn’t I hear that the Postal Service has assigned a special 13 digit zip code just for her?

  4. Servetus says:

    Organized shaming is an old tactic. Chase Bank recently used the Puritan shame game to deny porn stars bank accounts. This is the same bank that, according to Tech Dirt:

    …may find some support with the more conservative and/or religious factions in America, but I’d say it’s an interesting move by the same bank that has, among other transgressions: financed the Nazis, engaged in fictitious trades, wrongfully foreclosed on active US soldiers, financed other Nazis, bankrupted American towns through changes in their debt-rate programs, violated the Sherman Act, refused to return funds to Jewish families that were victims of those same Nazis they financed, lied to people trying to finance automobiles, and financed the damned Nazis. To invoke a morality clause with all of that on one’s resume would be a bit like having Donald Sterling fire an employee for being racist.

    Aurora is a mostly white, religiously conservative part of the Denver metropolitan area. It’s moral agenda is reflected in the3ds’ comment:

    Coming to the wealthy suburbs with good schools and low crime means that there are plenty of us concerned parents who aren’t thrilled with our new neighbor and will do all we can to publicly shame those who think pot is cool. Perhaps they can go the ghetto [sic] where no one cares what they do. We moved to the suburbs for a reason and we aren’t going to watch our neighborhood to go hell [sic].

    Yes, your friendly Aurora KKK wants you all to know they will be sneaking around and photographing evil doers in order to persecute them for the safety of the children. At that point, if shaming doesn’t do the job, they will sacrifice a goat.

  5. Viggo Piggsko says:

    Just read about the same story ( and was looking for a good stasi/nazi quote for my post on the subject)

  6. allan says:

    I feel sorry for their kids! To have such embarrassing parents… ouch.

  7. Dave in IL says:

    Many of us who oppose that drug war are highly critical of the actions of police and other criminal justice actors who keep the drug war machine running. But it is important to remember that there are many petty authoritarians without badges or law degrees that are more emotionally invested in prohibition than any street cop or prosecutor. These people have a more brutal mindset than any narc. They just want other people to do the dirty/hazardous work of the drug war for them.

    This story reminds me of the old joke about a particularly odious politician. Hearing a complaint about the politician, someone remarked, “if you don’t like him, you should see his constituents!”

  8. Jack B Nimble says:

    The funny thing is that Aurora approved 21 licenses for recreational pot stores….. she’s organizing espionage in front of the very first one. Another one will open this week with many more to follow by year’s end. What will she do when there are 5 stores? 15 stores?

    She’s just a busybody idiot with too much time on her hands. The very first time she complains to the school and another parent is refused access to a school function, the shit will hit the fan & she’ll find herself embroiled in a legal battle. To bad I live in SW Colorado, otherwise I’d love to push back on her legally.

  9. “Take pictures of those taking pictures and shame the shamers.”

    Imagine if those holier-than-thous were caught exchanging child-porn, or engaging in some other untoward behaviour…imagine the sanctimonious warbling.

    In fact, it’s almost a guarantee that these tools can be caught being involved in something utterly worse than ingesting nature.

  10. kaptinemo says:

    Once again, CS Lewis comes to mind:

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

    Always and ever, that itch to control others that is usually born from a deep-seated fear…of being controlled.

    Professor Whitebread was right: prohibition is always created by an US to be used against a THEM. It’s obvious who the ‘US’ is and who the ‘THEM’ are from the comment author’s viewpoint.

  11. Dano says:

    These people are always around and always looking for a cause to stand behind. I had one call the cops on me once for pulling off the freeway and taking a 30 minute nap in my car near his house. He got out and was taking pictures of the vehicle, filming me, knocking on my windows until the police arrived and asked HIM to stop harassing me!

  12. Duncan2003 says:


    Well gee whiz Wally, don’t these people know that every transaction in these shops is on video per State law? Wouldn’t it be simpler just to make an FoI request for a copy of the video?

    I thought that potheads made lousy parents because they have no interest in things like chaperoning children’s field trips, driving carpool to school events or hosting our kids at their house for slumber parties and playdates. Once again the sycophants of prohibition demonstrate that consistency and continuity just aren’t in their field of expertise.

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