Letting The Prisoners Out And The Business Owners In

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Shelley Luther has become the face of the anti-lockdown movement. The Dallas salon owner has explained why she chose to protest the lockdown order in Texas and keep her business open even after she was fined and sentenced to jail. 

Shelley Luther spoke to Sean Hannity on Fox News after she was freed from jail after a decree from the Texas governor. Hannity asked her why she didn’t just apologize when the judge asked her to admit she was wrong. She says she just couldn’t bring herself to apologize. 

Officials kept pushing back the date for re-opening businesses, which forced her to re-open for the sake of her stylists. “I have to open. My stylists are calling me, they’re not making their mortgage. I was, at, right now, I still am not caught up, I’m two months behind on my mortgage.” Luther explained. 

Shelley continues talking about how her stylists wanted to go underground and go to people’s houses for cosmetology services and how she didn’t think it was a good idea. You can’t control the environment or know whether or not it has been disinfected. She decided to reopen to create a safe space for stylists to make money. 

The Dallas salon took on extreme measures to keep the social distancing rules and disinfect the work spaces, despite the refusal to maintain the lockdown order. Hannity then made a donation to her salon in order to help keep the business afloat for the 19 stylists who work there.

Her sentence has outraged many across the country, even leading to governor’s removing jail time as a punishment for violating lockdown orders. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott tweeted the following: “Throwing Texans in jail whose biz’s shut down through no fault of their own is wrong. I am eliminating jail for violating an order, retroactive to April 2, superseding local orders. Criminals shouldn’t be released to prevent COVID-19 just to put business owners in their place.” 

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick also tweeted in regards to Shelley’s sentence: “7 days in jail, no bail and a $7k fine is outrageous. No surprise Texans are responding. I’m covering the $7k fine she had to pay and I volunteer to be placed under House Arrest so she can go to work and feed her kids. #txlege #TexansHelpingTexans” 

Locking Shelley Luther up was a misguided abuse of power considering Dallas released real criminals to protect them from COVID-19. Texas is beginning a partial reopening of businesses early May.