The tables are turned against the mask cultists and pro-lockdown crowd.
In defiance, California restaurant owner Chris Castleman has flipped the script with a genius business move.
Castleman is the owner of Fiddleheads Cafe in Mendocino and he’s been a vocal critic against the tyrannical COVID-19 lockdowns since the beginning of this hysteria.
Despite being fined $10,000 by county officials last year, Castleman continues to defy the medical overlords.
One of his recent policies included 50% off your order for tossing your face diaper in his restaurant’s trash bin.
The latest policy has made additional headlines:
"Anti-lockdown California restaurant owner fines patrons $5 for wearing a mask OR 'bragging' about COVID vaccine – and says he'll donate the fees to charity"https://t.co/wupIo90Hzt
— Luke Rudkowski (@Lukewearechange) May 30, 2021
— The Hill (@thehill) May 30, 2021
“Chris Castleman, 34, who owns Fiddleheads Cafe in Mendocino, Calif., put up a sign on Sunday notifying customers of the additional fee”
"I don't think $5 to charity is too much to ask from mask wearing customers who claim to care so much about the community they live in,"
— Jaz (aka Lord of the Flies)🧢 (@darth_jazious) May 30, 2021
Chris Castleman for Governor!!#RecallGavinNewsom
Cafe charges extra fee to people who wear face mask, are caught 'bragging' about being vaccinated https://t.co/AS60ebaXgW
— John Ziegler (@Zigmanfreud) May 30, 2021
And the control freaks had a heart attack:
A California restaurant called Fiddlehead’s Cafe, in Mendocino—is charging patrons $5 if they wear a mask.
Another sign says patrons heard 'bragging' about getting the COVID vaccine—will be charged $5 extra.
Would you EVER trust them to prepare you food?https://t.co/a4Pwq89RbY
— Arctic Friend (@FriendEden100) May 30, 2021
WHAT? Thanks for this, I'm spreading the word to friends not to go to that restaurant.
— Liberty & Justice for All (@NotSoProudYank) May 28, 2021
No. Skip them. Sign up for science classes instead. Fiddleheads obviously doesn’t respect pandemic reality. Chris Castleman can go out of business. Bye bye.
— Look Within (@KACBro) May 30, 2021
The Daily Mail reported:
A California restaurant owner is fining his patrons $5 for wearing a mask or ‘bragging’ about COVID vaccine – which he says he’ll donate to charity.
Chris Castleman, the owner of Fiddleheads Cafe in Mendocino, has been a vocal critic of the coronavirus restrictions since early in the pandemic, often making the news for his controversial stances.
California and Hawaii are the only two states which still require masks indoors for those who have been vaccinated after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask in most settings.
Fiddleheads, which displays a ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ flag in the window, posted signs on its windows on Monday announcing its latest policy, SF Gate reported.
The sign reads: ‘$5 FEE ADDED TO ORDERS PLACED WHILE WEARING A FACE MASK.’
The message included fine print underneath the bold text revealing that people caught ‘bragging’ about their COVID-19 vaccines would pay the same price.
‘An additional $5 fee will be added if you are caught bragging about your vaccine. Proceeds will be donated to local charities assisting domestic abuse victims,’ the fine print reads.
Castleman told Fox News that charities working to combat domestic abuse, suicide and poverty ‘have been overwhelmed by collateral damage of the government lockdowns.’
‘I’ve been asked this entire time to put on a mask and that that’s not a large request, all I’m asking is a $5 donation to charity and I don’t think that’s too much,’ he said.
Castleman told Fox News that so far about 100 patrons have been ‘more than willing’ to pay the fee after learning it’s going to charity – while others ‘are really upset by it.’
‘You can see outside they were about to come in and they see the sign and they turn away,’ he said.
Castleman plans to keep the signs up ‘for at least a couple of months,’ he told SF Gate. He said he doesn’t believe Mendocino County officials will rescind its mask mandate anytime soon.
Castleman’s neighbors have been less-than-thrilled about his latest headlines, noting locals have been directing their anger at his policy at their businesses.
The Blaze also covered the story:
Ultimately, however, he characterized the fee as an optional donation to charity, and suggested that he implemented the fee to demonstrate how “freedom of choice” has become a “foreign concept” in Democrat-controlled California.
“Customers either love it or hate it,” Castleman said. “There are people who refuse to pay it; I guess a $5 donation to charity is too much for them. Others have gladly paid it knowing that it goes to a good cause. I don’t force anyone to pay, I give them the freedom of choice, which seems to be a foreign concept in these parts of the country.”
In a separate interview, Castleman alluded to a common refrain used during the pandemic that wearing a face covering is a “small price to pay” to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
“I’ve been told this whole time that wearing a mask is a small price to pay,” Castleman told SFGate. “Some people get shocked by the sign but to see them turn around and get disgusted … when they’re asked to pay $5 [for charity], it’s not in their wheelhouse. It’s not something they’re choosing to do.”
Face masks are currently required in Mendocino County, where the cafe is located, including inside restaurants when patrons are not eating or drinking. Restaurants are also limited to 50% indoor capacity.
Castleman has a history of voicing his pandemic-related views.
In April, he posted a sign outside the restaurant that said, “THROW YOUR MASK(S) IN OUR TRASH BIN AND RECEIVE 50% OFF YOUR ORDER.”
Another sign, which has since been removed, said, “GET YOUR FREE COVID-19 VACCINE CARD HERE!”