A California cafe owner charges masked customers $5 to dine at his establishment.
Chris Castleman, 34, owns Fiddlehead’s Cafe in Mendocino. california It issued a billboard alerting customers about the additional fees on Sunday, NBC News reported.
“I don’t think $5 for charity is too much to ask from masked customers who claim to care so much about the communities they live in,” Castleman told the news agency.
Castleman said he will donate the mask’s extra proceeds to a charity of his choice. Currently, the proceeds will go to Project Sanctuary, a local abuse organization, but in two weeks the new charity will It has been selected into rotation, NBC News reports.
“It is time for proponents of these ineffective government measures to start paying for the collateral damages they have created together,” the coffee shop owner said.
News of the food fine comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new guidelines on masks earlier this month. It states that vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most places.
At the start of the pandemic California was the first state where the shelters are set up in order by closing most small businesses in the state Found infected with COVID-19 The first on the west coast since late February. early March 2020
Castleman told NBC News that he was forced to temporarily close his coffee shop in June 2020 after the local government warned that wearing a mask was not an option during the coronavirus outbreak.
“The government shuts everything down,” he said. “Everyone wearing a mask is a collusion.”
during that time Castleman said he complied with state orders and only provided roadside services to his customers. Although he claimed it was too much to use masks for servers and other workers, NBC News reported.
“I don’t believe in wearing masks,” Castleman said. “Our customer base is highly aligned with our beliefs. But I think some people are really unhappy with our coffee shop.”
“It’s their choice,” he continues. “They can choose the business they support. They can go and do any other business in my county, state.”
In March, Castleman reportedly introduced a 50 percent discount for customers who throw masks in the trash.