Chris Castleman, the owner of Fiddleheads Cafe in Mendocino 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.
Fiddleheads made headlines again in mid-March when Castleman posted a sign that read: ‘Throw your mask(s) in our trash bin and receive 50% off your order.’
Another sign posted to Yelp in March shows a sign that tells patrons to ‘please respect their freedom to breathe’ if people are not wearing masks.