Bistro owner Marlena Pavlos-Hackney was arrested on Friday for defying Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown edicts.
Pavlos-Hackney owns Marlena’s Bistro and Pizzeria in Holland, Mich. She was arrested Friday morning on her way to work.
“This owner has continued to willfully violate the state’s food laws, public health orders and the order of the court – a dangerous act that may have exposed dozens of diners and employees to the virus,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
Nessel defended her decision to persecute this small business owner in a Twitter post:
Big League Politics has reported on how the Whitmer regime has cracked down on small businesses, using the COVID-19 scamdemic as an excuse:
“A Michigan Circuit Court Judge in Shiawassee County rejected the complaint filed by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office to shut down barber Karl Manke, who has refused the order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer calling his business “non-essential.”
Attorney General Dana Nessel tried to file a temporary restraining order today against Manke in order to criminalize his barber shop operation in Owosso. He is able to remain in operation for the time being because a judge rejected her request, although the state has charged him with misdemeanor crimes.
“The next step now would depend on if the “(Attorney General) appeals or not,” said attorney David A. Kallman, who is presenting Manke.
“I don’t know if they’re going to, but for our point of view, the next step is two criminal charges pending against him in district court for misdemeanors,” he added.
Manke has received citations for violating Whitmer’s edicts. He could receive 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine if he is convicted of these supposed crimes.
“I’d gone six weeks without a paycheck with no money coming in. I’ve been in this business 59 years…I’m 77. I’ve always worked,” he said. “I’ve never looked for handouts. I don’t even know what they are. I had somebody call me and say why don’t you get on food stamps. I don’t want to get on food stamps. I want to work.”
Manke is overwhelmed by the incredible amount of support he has received from the community due to his patriotic stand against Whitmer’s tyranny.“
Michigan’s Democrat regime may be the worst in the nation as small business owners are punished for wanting to make an honest living.