Beth Crompton tweeted a picture of a street in her neighbourhood who are trialling a system where everyone has a green card in their window. If the card is replaced by a red card, then that person can be quickly identified as needing assistance during this difficult time.
Lots of people loved the idea.
@bethanycrompto2 @bitsybot This is great. Did someone hand out green and red paper to everyone?
But there were also people who were concerned about how a system like this might be exploited by those with bad intentions.
There have been a few disturbing reports of burglars posing as NHS workers and entering older people’s homes. There has been concern that a “red card” could easily identify someone to people who are using this distressing time to take advantage of people.
@BBCLondonNews @bethanycrompto2 PLEASE DON'T ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO THIS.
It is dangerous to publicly identify to… https://t.co/CFfvnUjyMf
— Glasgow TSI Network (@Glasgow TSI Network)
@GlasTSINetwork @BBCLondonNews @bethanycrompto2 Agree. Even in sleepy North yorkshire we've had people knocking on… https://t.co/toLCpzcvpH
The intentions of this system are undoubtedly pure and kind. But it's a reminder that, unfortunately, there are people out there who might try to use their circumstances for their own gain. Maybe a WhatsApp of Facebook group would be a safer option?
@bethanycrompto2 @ruskin147 Also useful to have a neighbourhood WhatsApp and /or Facebook group. Email circulation… https://t.co/VIbGulde0N