May 6, 2020

Texas Salon Owner Fined, Jailed for a Week for Opening Business

  • Flyover Country

By: Ted Patterson

In Brief:

The owner of a salon in Texas was ordered to spend seven days in jail for violating an order to keep her business closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Background: reports:

Shelley Luther was fined $7,000 for continuing to operate her business, Salon à la Mode, in violation of a judge’s temporary restraining order issued against the business.

Luther was taken into custody immediately after the hearing and booked into the Dallas County jail just after 4:30 p.m.

Like other businesses deemed nonessential, Luther’s Far North Dallas salon was forced to close March 22 after the county enacted its stay-at-home order. She reopened the salon April 24 despite that order, and tore up a cease-and-desist letter from County Judge Clay Jenkins at a demonstration the next day.

Notable Quotes:

“Feeding my kids is not selfish. 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.”

  • Salon Owner Shelley Luther

Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.


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