A cafe in Northern California is taking heat from mask lovers after its owner instituted a new policy charging $5 if customers wear face coverings.
The sign posted outside Fiddlehead’s Cafe in Mendocino informs patrons they’ll incur a $5 surcharge if they order masked.
“$5 FEE ADDED TO ORDERS PLACED WHILE WEARING A FACE MASK,” the sign says, adding, “AN ADDITIONAL $5 FEE WILL BE ADDED IF YOU ARE CAUGHT BRAGGING ABOUT YOUR VACCINE.”
A footnote on the poster indicates the cafe means business: “PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO LOCAL CHARITIES ASSISTING DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS.”
The owner of Fiddlehead’s, Chris Castleman, says he put the sign up because of the treatment he received over masks during the pandemic.
“I’ve been told this whole time that wearing a mask is a small price to pay,” Castleman told SFGate. “Some people get shocked by the sign but to see them turn around and get disgusted … when they’re asked to pay $5 [for charity], it’s not in their wheelhouse. It’s not something they’re choosing to do.”