California Cafe Owner Charges Customer $ 5 Fee For Wearing Mask

Diner is free to comment at a cafe in Northern California, but doing so within the masked range costs a $ 5 cover charge.

On Sunday, Mendocino’s Fiddleheads Café put up a sign to inform customers who wore masks when ordering. In March, the café put its face cover in a trash can, according to owner Chris Castleman, 34. Announcing a continuous 50% discount for those who throw it away.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal to donate $ 5 to charity to a customer wearing a mask who claims to be very concerned about the community they live in,” he said. Said in the email.

The proceeds will be donated to the local domestic violence organization Project Sanctuary for two weeks before the new nonprofit enters the rotation. (The project sanctuary did not immediately respond to the request for comment).

“It’s time for supporters of these ineffective government measures to begin paying for incidental damages caused collectively,” the owner said.

Image: Mendocino's Fiddleheads Café not only recommends wearing a mask, but also imposes a penalty.  (Courtesy Chris Castleman)

Image: Mendocino’s Fiddleheads Café not only recommends wearing a mask, but also imposes a penalty. (Courtesy Chris Castleman)

According to some signs posted, the restaurant was also planning to charge an additional $ 5 to those who “bragged” about being vaccinated.

But in a telephone interview, Castleman said, “I’m giving someone freedom of choice rather than forcing them to pay. This seems to be a foreign concept in these parts of the country.” ..

June 2020, Castleman temporary closed A cafe 200 miles northwest of Sacramento after a Mendocino county official warned at a restaurant that masks were not an option during the pandemic.

“The government has closed everything,” he said on Friday. “Everyone wearing a mask is an accomplice.”

He adhered to the temporary obligation to require only curbside services, but he argues that he requests masks from servers and other workers too often.

“I don’t believe in wearing masks,” said Castleman. “Our customer base is strongly tied to our beliefs, but some are really angry at our cafe. I think that there.”

“It’s their choice,” he continued, “they can choose the businesses they support. They can go to other businesses in my county, state.”

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