So – I was browsing the news this evening and got an email beckoning me to take a look at this new website called rottenneighbor.com. I was given a direct link with the title of “meth heads” to click on and it piqued my curiosity just enough to click it.
Well, lo-and-behold I was looking at a map of some neighborhood in a suburban area in Northern California that had a big red house in the center labeled “meth-heads”. Clicking on it brought me to a page with a short description stating:
these people are believed to have a meth-lab running. there are tens of people that are in and out of the house at all hours of the day, cursing and yelling as the walk down the sidewalk. they are the bane of the whole neighborhood.
Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to query the site with the term “meth” and see how many such homes have been labeled in one way or another with this term. In fact there were over 100 listings of homes in neighborhoods across America with titles like “Hillbilly meth lab” in Orange CA, “meth smoking parolees” in Hawthorne CA, “nights of the living meth heads” in Atlanta GA, and “get your meth here” in Mitchell OR.
Rottenneighbor is a pretty new site as it is still labeled “beta”, but for a new site it has quite a lot of people chiming in on how much they can’t stand their neighbors. With over 100 listings so far of suspected meth labs, meth addicts and meth dealers it seems like a good way for others to keep tabs on the opinions of neighbors and avoid certain areas. So if you’re in the business of making meth, there may be more people aware of your existence courtesy of rotteneighbor.com.
My feelings on this site are somewhat mixed. It’s a sad state of affairs when people can’t get problems such as a suspected meth lab in their neighborhood solved via legal channels and they turn to a website to broadcast their angst instead. I am certain there are false allegations all over the place and this site will allow rumors to spread that mach faster with further reach; but I suppose that’s a possibility on any social website. I do feel that it would help someone new to the area to possibly be aware of what others are dealing with on their blocks and streets, which is good to know, especially when a suspected meth lab may be in the vicinity.
I am really curious as to how this site will do. I am taking bets on when the first lawsuit gets filed against the proprietors of rottenneighbor.com – my guess is, it won’t be long.