Arrested for no masks: Grocery store manager locks women in store and calls cops

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Two women were arrested Saturday in Costa Mesa, California after they allegedly stepped into a grocery store without masks. What makes their arrests horrifying to critics, however, is how the arrests allegedly occurred.

According to BlazeTV reporter Elijah Schaffer, after the two unmasked women stepped into a Mother’s grocery store, the manager allegedly locked them inside and then dialed the authorities. When the cops arrived, they then arrested the two women.

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Schaffer’s account of the incident hasn’t been confirmed.

In a report published Saturday afternoon, The Orange County Register claimed the women “were arrested on suspicion of trespassing.”

“Two women were arrested on suspicion of trespassing during an anti-mask rally in Costa Mesa Saturday afternoon, Aug. 15, authorities said. Costa Mesa police were called to Mother’s Market, at 1890 Newport Blvd., by a manager reporting the trespassers before 2:15 p.m., police spokeswoman Roxi Fyad said,” the paper reported.

“It was unclear what the protesters did to get arrested. Their identities were not immediately released by authorities. A rally had been taking place adjacent to the store near Newport Boulevard and 19th Street since 11 a.m., with demonstrators protesting COVID-19 restrictions, police said.”

If it turns out to be true that the manager had indeed locked the women inside the Mother’s grocery store, it might present a problem.

According to the Kann California Defense Group, locking someone inside a building without their permission constitutes “unlawful imprisonment.”

“False imprisonment occurs when you unlawfully deprive another person of his or her personal liberty. In that respect, it is similar to California Penal Code § 207 kidnapping. But kidnapping requires that you move the person. Where someone is merely held or restrained against that person’s will, the crime is false imprisonment,” the law firm asserts.

As noted by renowned attorney Ron Coleman, “That store manager and that store may have a problem.”

Critics feel local authorities should be on the chopping block as well for following what they’ve described as “dumb orders.”

In fact, one critic sarcastically pointed out that perhaps the police deserve to be defunded if this is how they’re going to act.

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But most of the anger seen on social media centered on the contrast between how the authorities in left-wing states like California treat mask-order violators and how they treat arsonists, rioters, looters, and other dangerous extremists.

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The latter tweet referenced what happened in Washington, D.C., where several pro-life students were recently arrested for chalking pro-life messages outside a Planned Parenthood.

Yet the hypocritical city had no qualms about using taxpayer funds to install a “Black Lives Matter” mural on the streets …

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Vivek Saxena

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