- The owner of a Northern California cafe will charge customers $ 5 if they wear a face mask, NBC News reported.
- The cafe owner previously offered a 50% discount to customers who threw off their masks.
- The owner will also charge customers if they “brag” about getting the vaccine.
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The owner of a cafe in Northern California would charge customers $ 5 if they order while wearing a face mask.
According to NBC News, the owner of Fiddlehead’s Cafe in Mendocino, Calif., Has installed signs advising customers that they will incur an additional charge of $ 5 if they wear a face mask when ordering.
The same sign advising clients of the policy also informs them that they will receive the same fee if they “brag” to be vaccinated, according to the report.
Chris Castleman, the owner of the cafe, told NBC News that the proceeds from the fees would primarily benefit Project Sanctuary, a local organization that supports victims of domestic violence. In two weeks, Castleman said he would appoint a new charity to receive the proceeds from the mask fees.
“I don’t think $ 5 to charity is too much to ask of masked customers who claim to care so much about the community they live in,” Castleman told NBC News in an email.
“It is high time that the supporters of these ineffective government measures start paying for the collateral damage they have collectively caused,” he added.
As NBC News reported, Castleman temporarily shut down the cafe last year when county health officials ordered cafe employees and patrons to wear masks inside. It previously offered a 50% discount to customers who threw their masks in the trash, according to the report.
“I don’t believe in wearing a mask,” he told NBC News.
SFGate reported that the cafe had already had a sign that advertised customers could get a “free COVID-19 vaccine card.” The sign has since been removed, according to the report. It is illegal to create or buy fake vaccination cards, the FBI had previously warned.
Almost all states rescinded their mandate for masks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier in May said they were not needed for fully vaccinated people in most indoor and outdoor settings. People who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should still wear a mask in most indoor environments, according to the CDC.
The state of California still requires masks and will keep the guidelines in place until June 15.
Castleman told SFGate he plans to leave the listing for several months because he doesn’t believe Mendocino County officials will retain their mask mandate when the state does next month.