A Dallas salon owner has been sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused to apologize for defying coronavirus restrictions. Shelly Luther, owner of Salon a la Mode, was given the sentence Tuesday after a Dallas County judge offered her a deal: Apologies for being selfish by refusing to shut down the salon in exchange for a fine with no jail time. Luther rejected the judge’s offer. “I have to disagree with you, sir, when you say that I’m selfish because feeding my kids is not selfish,” Luther said during Tuesday’s hearing. “I have hairstylists 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.” In the absence of an apology, the judge had bailiffs take Luther straight to jail to begin serving her sentence, which represents each day her salon remained open in violation of state orders. She was also fined $7,000, court records indicate.
If authorities were this vigilant early on, would restrictions have been more effective in slowing the spread of the virus?