Salon Owner Jailed For Refusing To Apologize For Working During Lockdown

Tom Gantert

Shelly Luther was sent to jail for seven days after she refused to apologize for opening her salon during the shutdown.

Dallas, TX – A hair salon owner will spend seven days in jail after she ignored shutdown orders due to the coronavirus pandemic and continued to open her business.

Shelly Luther’s business, Salon a la Mode located in Far North Dallas, was forced to close with all other non-essential businesses on March 22 after Dallas County enacted a shutdown order, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Luther kept the salon closed for more than a month, but re-opened her business on April 24 in defiance of the countywide order.

She was given citations for opening her business and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins issued her a cease-and-desist letter, the Dallas Morning News reported.

But the salon owner tore up the judge’s letter during a protest on April 25 and continued operating her business.

Then District Judge Eric Moye issued a temporary restraining order to shut down the salon on April 28, but that didn’t change Luther’s mind either, according to the Dallas Morning News.

She appeared in court before Moye on May 5 and told the judge she had to open her business so that she and her employees could feed their families.

During the hearing, the judge offered Luther an opportunity to stay out of jail, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Moye said Luther could apologize for being selfish by opening her salon during the pandemic, pay a fine, and remain closed until the shutdown order expires on May 8 “in lieu of the incarceration which you’ve demonstrated that you have so clearly earned,” KDFW reported.

“Your actions were selfish, putting your own interests ahead of the community in which you live,” the judge said. “You disrespected the orders of the state, the county, and this city.”

But Luther refused to apologize and pushed back at Moye.

"I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I'm selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish,” she told the judge. “I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they would 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."

Luther said she had applied for a small business loan but didn’t receive the money until May 3 so she had no alternative but to let everybody get back to work, the Dallas Morning News reported.

But the judge disagreed and ruled that Luther and her company, Hot Mess Enterprises, were guilty of civil and criminal contempt of court.

Moye sent Luther to jail for seven days – one day for each day she her salon was open after the court had ordered her to close it, according to KDFW.

She was taken into custody at the end of the hearing and booked into the Dallas County Jail on the contempt charges, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Luther was also fined $7,000 - $500 per day each to the county's criminal and civil courts for every day the salon was open during the shutdown.

Warren Norred, Luther’s attorney, said that the salon would remain open while the owner was in jail, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Comments (58)
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flybynight
flybynight

Democrat Dallas Judge Eric Moye. See community section for article about this.

E7MR
E7MR

You haf disrezpected ze orderz off ze state! (spelling errors corrected)

Ljubica48
Ljubica48

Interesting website, Statista, which gives a daily country-by-country update of Wuhan Flu deaths per million (dpm) population.

For example, the UK with a more restrictive shutdown regime has a rate of 442 deaths per million population.
Japan, with a less restrictive shutdown regime, has a rate of only 4.39 deaths per million population (dpm).
Four-point-threenine.

Belgium has a dpm of 701.
Sweden has a dpm of 280.
USA has a dpm of 216.
South Korea has a dpm of 4.94

So the USA has tanked the economy, bankrupted most mom&pop small businesses, put 25 million workers onto the unemployment rolls, and added trillions of dollars in debt for only 64 deaths per million less than Sweden.

For context, according to the 2018 United Nations World Population Prospects report, on average approximately 7,452 people die every day in the United States. In other words, in an average year, a person dies in the US approximately every 12 seconds, or about 2,720,000 annually..

The CDC puts the annual influenza death rate at between 12,000 to 61,000 in the US, depending on the severity of the flu and efficacy of the flu vaccines.
At worst case 61,000 influenza deaths, that is an average of 167 deaths per day, for which the economy has never been shut down.

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Fined 7000 dollars so didn't really end up making any money for food for the kids..

LEO0301
LEO0301

I get the reason for enacting rules to keep the virus from spreading but jailing this woman along with an outrageous fine is ridiculous. This is why so many people are turning against the government. You can only push people so far before they revolt.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Judge should be jailed for life. The virus is afking cover up for the Globalist's World Domination. My now ex-employers 47 yr. old Business is destroyed , i worked thére 29 yrs., i'm 67 and out of a job. NONE of our employees,suppliers, customers are sick. It is a fking scam. Google: Indira Singh and read her years long research on President Bush & son. Go to you tube and Watch this Specific video: outofshadows 1hr.17min.59sec. 11 million views. I AM 67 Years OLD. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE WITNESSED
A TAKE OVER OF AMERICA WTHOUT BLOODSHED. The Virus KILLS PEOPLE WITH COMPRIMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS....AND PRE EXISTING HEALTH ISSUES. AND FACE MASKS CREATE ....HYPERCAPNEA in some People. Look up that word. AMERICAN'S ARE NOW PRISONERS....AND THERE IS NO GOING BACK.👹

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Trump needs to bitchslap that judge and get her out of jail this minute!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

She broke the law though. Don't you people always say "comply and nothing will happen to you"? Why didn't she just comply?

Marxest
Marxest

Ms Luther blatantly broke the law numerous times. She even spat at the courts by publicly tearing up a court order to close up her shop. She boasted about opening shop in willful defiance of the law. Then when offered the opportunity to apologize in exchange for leniency, she spits in the face of the judge, again. Her behavior clearly reflects the name of her company, an entitled "Hot Mess Enterprises". If it was someone other than a white woman, the law would have forcibly closed that business the first day. Instead the law treated her with kindness and respect, which she did not reciprocate to the court. She deserves to pay every dollar and cent of that steep fine and serve every minute of that sentence and so much more.

Elder
Elder

All business and Churches need to open up and revolt against this communist socialist shutdown , I hope this salon owner takes them to court with a huge lawsuit for violating her constitutional rights. This virus is a scam for one world order and control

Stanracer
Stanracer

This woman is clearly one of the "special" people to which the laws don't apply. Just ask her.👎😣

bryantrent
bryantrent

I dont know

buzzard60
buzzard60

Hopefully this will cost the city of Dallas a lot of money so idiot politicians will learn that they cannot take away our freedoms despite their belief to the contrary.

rables
rables

The judge sent her to jail for nothing. Show me what law she broke. Their is none. I don't see where any state or city pased laws keeping people home. They have no authority to keep anybody home. This is the left commie's at it's best. Remember when election time comes.

mzurkammer
mzurkammer

People going forward into Public View are what founded America and her values.
Congratulations to her on her courage, her drive and her victory for all of us.


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