UPDATED 6:48 AM PT — Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther was sentenced to seven days in jail and ordered to pay a $7,000 fine for continuing to operate her business amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A judge ruled Tuesday that Luther defied the state’s stay-at-home order by continuing to operate Salon A La Mode for seven days. The salon is also facing a $500 fine for each of the seven days it was open.
The judge told Luther he would consider waiving her jail time if she admitted that she was wrong, selfish and agreed to close her business.
Judge Eric Moyé asked Luther if she would make a statement admitting she was wrong and selfish. Listen here… pic.twitter.com/6JMukC3v76
— Andrea Lucia (@CBS11Andrea) May 5, 2020
However, Luther said she needs to help her stylists support their families and will not close her salon.
“I have to disagree with you sir when you say that I am selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish,” she stated. “I got stylists 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’s case has sparked outrage across the country with conservative activist groups like the Open Texas Movement throwing its support behind her act of civil disobedience.
Meanwhile, two Texas state representatives received “illegal” haircuts at a salon near Houston on Tuesday and called on Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to reconsider the mandatory closure of businesses. They said “there’s absolutely no reason” some businesses can’t reopen.
THE CAIN MUTINY: @StacyFernandezB reports GOP State Reps. @BriscoeCain @Toth_4_Texas defied @GovAbbott shutdown order, got illegal haircuts today in Montgomery County #txlege #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/wQhVwYCDBB
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) May 5, 2020
Just hours later, Abbott announced some public places, including salons, could begin reopening on Friday. In the meantime, Luther’s lawyer said they plan to “immediately” appeal the court’s decision as many are coming to her defense and are suggesting the governor should intervene in the court’s ruling.