(PatriotHeadline.Com)- The COVID-19 lockdown is not only forcing people to shut down their businesses, but it’s also not getting people jailed. A hair salon owner in Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to seven days in jail this week after opening her business and refusing to close it after being told.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued a warning in April and sent Shelley Luther a cease and desist order, but Luther stayed open as she needed to feed her family. Luther was charged with civil and criminal contempt of court and was also issued a hefty fine.
Journalist Andrea Lucia reported via CBSDFW that Luther was fined $7,000, but later corrected herself and reported it was a $500-per-day fine for the seven days that the salon was kept open. The fine, as of May 6, was $3,500 “and growing.”
The amount of the fine is $3500 and growing.
$500/ day for the 7 days the salon was open.
$500/ per day for every day it remains open through Friday, when the governor has said all salons may open.
— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) May 5, 2020
The story went viral on social media when a video revealed how a judge advised Luther that she could avoid jail if she admitted that her actions were selfish, and that she paid a fine and shut her salon. Luther refused to say it, stating, “feeding my kids is not selfish.”
During court, Luther respectfully disagreed with the judge.
“I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I am selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids,” she said.
“So, sir, if you think the law is more important than kids being fed, then please go ahead with your decision. But I’m not going to shut the salon.”
Judge Eric Moyé wasn’t sympathetic in his ruling, and followed the letter of the law.
“The rule of law governs us. People cannot take it upon themselves to determine what they will and will not do,” he said.
The question is…will she re-open the salon again when she returns from jail?