A Dallas, Texas mother was arrested and fined for re-opening her hair salon before the lockdown was lifted. When the judge gave her an opportunity to avoid jail time by admitting that she was wrong and apologizing for her actions, she responded that "feeding my kids is not selfish."
Good on her! I agree! There is absolutely nothing selfish or wrong for taking care of her family. In fact, I wish more business owners would go ahead and open.
“I have to disagree with you sir when you that I’m selfish [for re-opening the salon].” Salon Á la Mode owner Shelly Luther told Judge Eric Moyé, “because feeding my kids is not selfish.”
Judge Eric Moyé presides over the 14th Civil District Court located in Dallas County. Dallas County issued an order to Luther requiring her to close her business after she opened in defiance of the stay at home Coronavirus lockdown.
Luther continued, “I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So, sir, if you think the law is more important than kids getting fed then please go ahead with your decision but I am not going to shut the salon.”
The judge told Shelley Luther she
could avoid jail time if she apologized, admitted she was wrong, and agreed to close her hair salon until it was allowed to open.
— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) May 5, 2020
Prior to her statement, Judge Moyé said she must see the errors of her ways and “understand that the society cannot function where one’s own belief in a concept of liberty permits you to flaunt your disdain for the rulings of duly elected officials.”
“That you owe an apology to the elected officials who you disrespected by flagrantly ignoring, and in one case defiling, their orders you now know obviously apply to you,” Judge Moyé asserted. “That you understand that the proper way in which an ordered society to engage concerns that you might have had is to hire a lawyer and advocate for change an exception or an amendment to laws that you find offensive.”
Lucia reported that the judge ordered her jailed for seven days and fined $500 for every day the salon remains open. So far, the fine stands at $3,500.
Luther’s attorney said he would appeal the judge’s ruling.
The contempt hearing occurred at about the time Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that hair salons and gyms could re-open on Friday.
Read prior coverage of the salon owner’s efforts to re-open her business here.
I would have opened if I were her too! Good on her for standing her ground.
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