Texas hair salon owner Shelley Luther opened her doors in April despite statewide lockdown orders, resulting in a judge sentencing her to a week in jail and a $7,000 fine.
She was sent a cease-and-desist order by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on April 24, which was quickly followed up by a restraining order on April 29th when she refused to comply. On Tuesday, Dallas Judge Eric Moye held Luther in criminal and civil contempt of court for refusing to comply with the restraining order.
The judge offered her the option of acknowledging she had been “selfish” in order to avoid the sentence, but she turned the offer down. “Judge, I would like to say that I have much respect for this court and laws and that I have never been in this position before and it’s not someplace that I want to be,” Luther responded.
“But I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids — is not selfish. I have hair stylists that are going hungry because they’d 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.”