Restaurant owner fights back against California dining bans

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One California restaurant owners rage against the lockdowns went viral this week. Take a look.

Angela Marsden
Mayor Garcetti and Gavin Newsom is responsible for every single person that doesn’t have unemployment that does not have a job, and all the businesses that are going under, and we need your help. We need somebody to do something about this.

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Joining me now is the owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill in Sherman Oaks, California. Angela Marsden. Angela, thank you so much for being with us, but most of all, for that incredible video, I’ve got to tell you, I’ve never watched anything that’s related to a story in the news that had a greater emotional impact on me than watching your video. For those who haven’t seen it, just tell us your story.

Angela Marsden
Well, the day that I did that video, basically, they started the lockdown. Well, they closed outdoor dining two days before Thanksgiving without any notice. So our last night was the night before Thanksgiving. And I had to tell my staff that I would like to stay open for takeout, but I lose so much money doing it that if I did that, I may not be able to ever reopen again. So I had to shut down. That Friday, I was coming in to give last paychecks. And we had taken what food would go bad and put it in grocery bags for the staff. I also had decided ironically, you know, the week before that, I was not going to be afraid. And I was going to start speaking out. So I was trying to plan a protest. And I came in to my parking lot. And there was my you know, when I come in the back, it was very surreal because or, shocking. I have my patio that I have spent, you know, I’m living off loan money sitting there shuttered. And then right there in the same parking lot within 20 steps was the same exact setup for a movie, crew to eat lunch and stuff catering truck and, you know, a tent for 200 people, it seemed like to me, I don’t know. And I was in shock. And I went in into my restaurant and was like, trying to stay focused to get things together. And I just broke down crying. And then I got angry. And I said, I have to tell the truth. I mean, yeah, I think as business owners, we’re afraid to say anything, because we’re afraid to be taken. Like we don’t care about people if we stay open, or we’re just worried about us. But you know, I have 10 people working for me that I had to tell they have no job right before Christmas with no notice. And I just said to my friend who was there. I got to film this. I got to let the world see. People have to know the hypocrisy of what is going on. And it makes no sense.

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Exactly, none of it makes sense. And then the other point is that you just like so many small businesses, you’ve been responsible, you put in the investment so that you could be open with outdoor dining and do it in a safe manner. You’ve done all the things that we would want people to do, and still they crush you. It’s so enraging. Angela, I saw that the Mayor, Eric Garcetti said he put out a statement saying, oh, his heart goes out to you, but he’s still gonna keep me shut down. What’s your response? What do you want to say to him?

Angela Marsden
What I want to say to him is that as business owners, we have done everything you wanted, and we will do whatever it takes to keep our people safe. We know COVID is out there, but you’re living in La La Land. If you think the rest of us the middle class and the lower middle class can actually stay at home. We are going you know, I have a single mom with a child who can’t pay her rent. I’ve got another her new hire because we actually got busy in October with the patio it looks like things are gonna turn around who is couchsurfing because she no longer has an apartment and her unemployment has run out. It is ridiculous and as politicians or a mayor of the city, it is your job to look at risk assessment. And to do you know the gentlemen you just had on brilliant…can he talked to Mayor Garcetti?…because the decisions that are being made make no sense and you know, Beverly Hills, their Council voted to keep it Pasadena’s open. The sheriff is…what a wonderful Sheriff to say wouldn’t force it but, you know, they’re threatening to take liquor license and health permits away if we give it and open. But what are we supposed to do? How are we gonna keep a roof over our head like you’re not like you said, you know, the suicide rate, you know, my single mom with a child who can’t pay her rent. I said, you know, I’m gonna do everything I can find you work. And she’s like, Angela, all I know how to do is bartend or wait tables. And I said, Well, what have you been doing? And she’s like, well, I did get on some antidepressants. She doesn’t need pills. She needs a job!

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So I don’t want to it’s just, this is so outrageous. Honestly, I’ve just got to say thank you, Angela for speaking up. I want to stay in touch with you because you’re such a powerful voice. You’ve joined you, you’re really leading the resistance to all this. We’ve got to fight back against this because their rules make no sense. They’re ridiculous. They’re not based on science. It is completely unacceptable. And we should not accept it.

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