Texans were up-in-arms when they heard that a North Texas salon owner was jailed for working to provide for her family.
Shelley Luther made her way into the headlines and hearts of many when she did what many were unwilling to do, and decided to provide the service that she had been providing for years, and opened her salon back up before the lockdown was lifted in the Dallas area.
Luther was later released, but not before Texans were forced to take a side, as to whether they were willing to support the real implementation of what amounted to quarantine for the healthy and legitimate financial hardship for many.
The salon owner-turned conservative hero has inspired many others to take back their small business rights and re-open, defying any government official to step into the path of their pursuit of happiness (which looked like a paycheck for many).
Luther decided to capitalize on her new-found media attention and run for the state Senate, and it appears that the North Texas stylist might have a shot at winning the seat.
According to Hot Hair, Luther is embroiled in a fight for the seat that will be decided by a runoff election for a Dallas-area seat in the Texas State Senate. While the date for the actual election has not been set, the salon owner has her work cut out for her since she’s up against state Rep. Drew Springer.
Luther’s admirable work either is something that has resonated with many, whose chief complaint with the lockdown was their desire to work regular jobs to keep their families and businesses afloat. While missing a few paychecks is a touch situation for many, for business owners, it could be more than that.
Leaving off work with 3-4 months of no income alone caused many to shut down since they didn’t have the reserves to keep their brick and mortar stores up and running till the day when the government so kindly allowed them to resume business. Since dumping tea (and or masks) in the Gulf of Mexico seemed unlikely to get the governor’s attention, Luther did what she did best, she cut hair.
After being thrown in jail, Dallas Civil District Judge Eric Moyé ordered Luther to seven days in jail and fined her $500 for every day the salon stayed open, according to Hot Air. Additionally, she was given the opportunity to apologize for her actions and avoid serving jail time, but she declined to do so.
“If you would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that your actions were selfish, putting your own interest ahead of those in the community in which you live,” Moyé said to Luther inside the courtroom
“I have to disagree with you sir when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish,” Luther said. “I have hairstylists that are going hungry because they’d rather feed their kids. So sir, if you think the law is more important than kids being fed then please go ahead with your decision but I’m not going to shut the salon.”
Texas Gov. Gregg Abbot released a statement saying that he disagreed with the judge’s decision to put the woman in jail, and he understood Texans sympathies, further boosting the signal of her cause.
“As I have made clear through prior pronouncements, jailing Texans for non-compliance with executive orders should always be the last available option,” he said. “Compliance with executive orders during this pandemic is important to ensure public safety; however, surely there are less restrictive means to achieving that goal than jailing a Texas mother.”