Desperate Dallas salon owner sees torrent of support when she opens doors early to pay bills

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The longer local and state government officials keep the country shut down, the more they risk the ire of the American people, who are, for the most part — except for parts of the Democratic Party base — not accustomed to sitting on their backside awaiting government handouts.

Especially when the handouts are spotty at best, and they are about to lose everything they have worked so hard to build.

Shelly Luther, a salon owner in Dallas, is drawing a line in the sand. Behind on her mortgage and no Small Business Association funding in sight,  Luther has decided to re-open her business Friday, April 24, in violation of the stay-at-home order in Texas that has closed all non-essential businesses, Inside Edition reported.

“I’m behind on my mortgage,” Luther said. “I know a lot of my stylists haven’t paid their mortgage. It’s either come in and make money to be able to feed your family or stay home and freak out.”

A mother of three, Luther has 19 stylists who make their living at her salon.

“Obviously I don’t want anyone to get sick and I don’t want the virus to spread,” the business owner told Inside Edition. “It will be one of the safer places for people to go rather than going to Walmart or Home Depot.”

And Luther is willing to risk her freedom as an American.

“No one wants to go to jail, but if push comes to shove I’m willing to take that risk,” she said.

Which is the question podcast host Cari Kelemen asked in a tweet.

Noting that Luther’s schedule was “PACKED,” Kelemen asked how local authorities would respond to this carefully calculated violation.

“This morning, a single mom Salon Owner in Dallas, who cannot afford to stay closed another day, is opening her salon ‘ahead of schedule.’ Her schedule today is PACKED with happy women. Will sheriffs be there to arrest her? How will the women with appointments respond if they do?”

Noting that stylists have been going into clients’ homes to provide services, Luther says reopening the sanitized salon provides a safer environment for all involved.

Kelemen characterized the decision as “a hard, but brave & compassionate” thing to do.

Non-essential businesses in Texas are being allowed to reopen Friday, but customers are to order online or over the telephone and pick up their order, instead of being let inside, according to CBS Austin.

The next step in reopening the Texas economy is reportedly to allow customers to go inside non-essential retail businesses — perhaps in limited numbers.

Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter, which proves that Luther has more people behind her than she may think:

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