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Social Responsibility or Mind my own Business?

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For over a year now a regular I have has reached out to me at LEAST once a month and sometimes twice to provide transportation for her to and from a RAVE like party. I pick her up around midnight and take her to the party and often go back and get her around 5 or 6AM and take her back home safely.

I very much enjoy our conversations as well as the view. She's exceptionally good looking and typically barely dressed for these parties. Late 20's. We've stopped for breakfast on 3 or 4 occasions which has always been her treat. She always tips exceptionally well and for that reason I will get my old ass up out of bed and pick her up those early Saturday or Sunday mornings. The 2 trips usually pay $25-$35 on the APP and she always tips me $25 with the exception of one time around Christmas and she was good for $100 each way that time. Basically 2 hours of my time (on average) for at least $100 every time.

In between rides she's texted a few times and I've come to be someone she has turned to at times for life things. I guess I'm in a PseudoFatherFigure role.

To the point.

She texted me and wants me to drive her to one that is happening this weekend. We talked a few weeks ago so she knows I've been staying home and not really driving anyone but clearly let me know it would be well worth my while.

These parties are totally off the grid. I'm sure some others here have drove people to them before, possibly knowing or maybe not knowing what was going on.

From what I have gleaned over time, an east coast promoter with ties to Austin puts them on. DJs are typically flown in from NY, California or out of the country. Pretty much every one of these happens at a different place although I think the same place has been used a couple of times. I'm not sure if the people that go get emailed or it's a dark web thing but supposedly it is really hush hush. Locations are in large warehouse complexes in what I assume is a vacant warehouse and I've never noticed any other traffic in the area when taking her. It's a typical rave type scene with no shortage of drugs or alcohol that are by no means legal.

There is no shortage of young people that feel invulnerable and I would guess these things draw 300-400 people a night in the past so I have no doubt it will still draw a crowd.

Researching it gives me the impression that if that if authorities became aware, although Police would break it up the odds are they would only arrest people like the organizer and those selling liquor or drugs. So she probably would just get sent home after her personal info was collected.

A week ago we all watched as South Padre and other places hosted 1000s of Spring Breakers. Far more than was allowed to gather at the time yet the Governor and State Police made no attempt to disrupt that.

I already tried to talk her out of it but "everyone has to get their temperature read and they will have sanitizer all over the place....... yadayadayada"

What would you do if you were aware of this? Are you aware and considering reporting it?

If you are aware of what I am referring please PM me. .

Even if it gets reported nothing can be done until right before it starts because no one gets the location/address the last minute. I would not know where until I picker her up and accepted the ride request.

Although I am not out there driving I would think there is no shortage of people hosting Corona parties. I'm guilty of ignoring orders to evacuate and attending a hurricane party a couple of times many years ago.

But things we deal with today scare me.
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Personally, I would report it as this impending party is clearly not only a violation of the Austin Health Order; but it's reckless behavior that could end up infecting people with compromised immune systems in the community. As it stands now, the Austin Health Order will expire in mid-April if things stay status-quo; however, we could easily be forced to stay home for months if things get out of hand ... and while it's not fun to be stuck at home for weeks not making any money, I'd rather be stuck at home for a few weeks & live through this than be stuck at home for months or possibly die as a result of someone's reckless behavior.

According to the Austin Health Order & Travis County Health Order ... anyone violating the Health Order will be charged with a misdemeanor and face a fine up to $1,000 and/or 180 days in jail. *as a former LEO - they don't only issue violations to the Event Organizers. And, FYI, since your prospective rider isn't traveling for an authorized exception to the Health Order, you could also get charged with violating the Health Order - because transportation providers are only exempt from the Health Order when providing transportation for passengers who are exempt from the Health Order.
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It does seem like the new orders give me the out and make it far more risky for her to attend. But,as I mentioned, I have no idea where it will be and would not know until she's in the car so that presents a problem.

Hopefully she will listen to reason now that it clearly carries repercussions if caught.
Stay safe ... Hopefully, she will listen to the voice of reason and decide not to go. Even better if the organizers pulled the plug and canceled the event. I wouldn't want to see anyone get a $1,000 misdemeanor fine (makes it really hard for people to get jobs etc with a misdemeanor on the record) ... but Travis County is so serious about their Health Order that they've set up a page for people to report violations (link)
I'm going to talk to her tomorrow and tell her my concerns and that I don't think it is something I can do with a clear conscious and that if I did I would probably alert the authorities the moment I knew for sure where it was.

Hopefully it won't cost me her her business.
I wouldn't tell her that you're going to alert the authorities. That said if someone told me that they were attending a party (rave) to watch people get infected with a deadly disease or for that matter watch someone get poisoned or stabbed (whatever) ... it's irresponsible on your part to not alert the authorities after you dropped her off. *she's obviously going to go regardless of whether you take her there or not ... and you may as well take her there so that you can get the exact location for the authorities.

Consider the following recent parties that resulted in Social Spread of Coronavirus:
CT - https://wgntv.com/news/coronavirus/...xposed-to-coronavirus-at-party-officials-say/
KY - https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/24/health/kentucky-coronavirus-party-infection/index.html
- https://www.courier-journal.com/sto...s-day-party-ends-6-covid-19-cases/2915035001/
and likely there are others.

Great video from BBC on how to stop the spread of COVID-19:
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