The owner of a cafe in northern California is reportedly charging customers $5 if they order while wearing a face mask.
According to NBC News, the owner of Fiddlehead’s Cafe in Mendocino, California, put up signs informing customers they will incur an additional $5 charge if they’re seen wearing a face mask while ordering.
The same sign informing customers of the policy also informs them they’ll receive the same charge if they’re “caught bragging” about being vaccinated, according to the report.
Chris Castleman, the cafe’s owner, told NBC News the proceeds from the fee would benefit first benefit Project Sanctuary, a local organization that supports survivors of domestic abuse. In two weeks, Castleman said he would name a new charity to receive proceeds from the mask fee.
“I don’t think $5 to charity is too much to ask from mask wearing customers who claim to care so much about the community they live in,” Castleman told NBC News in an email.
“It’s about time that the proponents of these ineffective government measures start paying for the collateral damage they have collectively caused,” he added.
As NBC News reported, Castleman last year temporarily shut down the cafe when county health officials mandated that employees and customers at the cafe wear face masks inside. He previously offered a 50% discount to customers who threw their masks in the trash, according to the report.
“I don’t believe in mask wearing,” he told NBC News.