I read about Spain’s corona-madness for three hours yesterday. Gosh, we are super normal in comparison. The Spanish government went completely nuts.
There were stories about people renting out their dogs at €5 an hour to the neighbors who wanted a legal pretext to leave the apartment for 10 minutes a day. Of course, the police caught on soon and started demanding that dog walkers produce pet ownership paperwork.
There were stories about people required to sanitize their hands and then wear medical gloves on top of that before entering a supermarket.
There were also stories about police stopping people in the streets to ask for proof of residence to see if the supermarket they were going to was really the closest one to their home.
There were stories of people being fined for making too small a purchase at a supermarket to qualify them for an emergency shopping trip permission.
Of course, there was a reason why the Spanish government was putting on this dog and pony show. The goal was, as usual, to get a large payout from the EU. Ukraine played this game, too, although a lot less convincingly, and also got a sizeable handout.
We are very lucky in the US that our ‘rona-circus is only about our sincere nuttiness and doesn’t involve us performing for the benefit of some large outside bureaucracy that can give us money. We are honest nutjobs, not sleazy beggars and nutjobs all at once.