How the tables have turned over the last several months. For most of 2020 and early this year, many customers had to comply with mask mandates. Or else they couldn’t enter or stay at a business.
But now, the owner of a Northern California cafe has made it more expensive to wear a mask in his business. Fiddleheads Cafe in Mendocino has a sign with this message:
“$5 FEE ADDED TO ORDERS PLACED WHILE WEARING A FACE MASK.”
And that’s not all. The surcharge also applies to anyone who brags about getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
Wearing a mask in public and telling people in person “I’m vaccinated” are liberal virtue signals. It’s unique – and refreshing – to see a business owner punish (instead of rewarding) someone for these status-seeking acts.
Chris Castleman is the eatery’s owner and a vocal critic of lockdowns since the start of the Wuhan pandemic. He said the fees will go directly to “charities that have been overwhelmed by the collateral damage of government lockdowns.”
“I’ve been asked this entire time to put on a mask and that’s not a large request, all I’m asking is a $5 donation to charity, and I don’t think that’s too much.”
Castleman got the idea for the sign because he believes the government restrictions were harmful. Not only have they not worked to ‘slow the spread’ of the virus, but they’ve been destructive.
“I mean the idea behind it is I think it’s time all of these ineffective government measures start paying attention to the collateral damage they’ve caused collectively.”
Unlike the mask mandates – which were required – this $5 fine is voluntary. And Castleman says everyone needs freedom to breathe. Donations made will go directly to charities that help victims of domestic abuse, and about 100 people have done so.
The renegade business owner added:
“There’s no straight line from mask-wearing to domestic abuse, but I see it as one part of a giant piece that’s forcing people to stay at home, remove their freedoms, remove their jobs, and forces them into situations of despair.”
Right now, Mendocino County, where the cafe is located, still requires people to wear face masks – regardless of their vaccination status. The indoor capacity for restaurants in the county is limited to 50 percent.
This isn’t the first time Castleman made the news for opposing Covid-19 government-mandated restrictions.
Last June, he closed his café rather than make his employees wear a mask. That was after he was hit with a $10,000 fine. About two months prior to the closure, he hung up a message that read: “THROW YOUR MASK IN THE TRASH BIN AND RECEIVE 50% OFF YOUR ORDER.”
The state of California plans to fully reopen its economy on June 15. However, Governor Gavin Newsom said that Californians will still need to wear masks. And testing or vaccination verification requirements will be performed “where necessary.”
This blue state is one of the few that’s kept a mask mandate in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on May 13 relaxed mask-wearing guidance. They said that people vaccinated against COVID-19 can stop wearing masks inside in most places.
In this writer’s opinion, the mask mandates were more about politics and control than public health or safety. For most liberals like Newsom, government is their god and politics is their religion. Wielding power over the citizens they’re supposed to serve is the most addictive drug.
And once they get a taste of this power, they don’t like letting it go. However, there are a rising number of people who are fed up with these virtue signals.