A convenience store in Kentucky is taking a stand against the state’s “dumb***” Democratic Governor Andy Beshear, who has said that Kentuckians will need to wear face masks indefinitely while efforts to reopen the state continue amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alvin’s Kitchen in Manchester has made headlines after owners put up a controversial sign that read, “No face masks allowed in store. Lower your mask or go somewhere else! Stop listening to Beshear. He’s a dumb***,” according to the Lexington Herald-Ledger. This directly contradicted Beshear, who has said that face masks must be worn by anyone entering a store as businesses start to reopen.
Photos of the sign at Alvin’s Kitchen quickly went viral on Facebook after it was posted by an enraged customer who urged others to “spread their shame.” He went on to issue a threat that the government of Kentucky “will be notified about this and a few other things.”
Unfortunately for the poster, however, this quickly backfired on him when social media users expressed their support for the store owners. “Being a cry baby ain’t gonna do anything to stop them from doing what they want,” one social media user commented, with another adding, “[Y]ou don’t HAVE to go in the store, no one is forcing you in there. Just go somewhere else.”
“I will drive out of my way tomorrow to get gas here,” a third person wrote, with a fourth commenting, “It’s people’s right to choose. … ‘My body, my choice.’ Thats what liberals always say. … I haven’t worn a mask, will not wear a mask, and there isn’t a bureaucrat in this state that can make me do so.”
Alvin’s Kitchen has since responded to the national attention to say that nobody will actually be turned away for wearing a face mask, adding that their intent with the sign was only to remind people that it was their choice whether or not they wore a mask, not the government’s:
We would like to clarify the statement behind our sign, we posted on the front door of our store. First of all, we would never deny any customer access inside our store, that is wearing a mask or not wearing a mask. We are not telling you to not wear a mask, what we are saying is, its your choice to wear one or not, not our governments choice for us. While some got the meaning behind it, alot did not. We didnt mean to offend anyone, but we will not apologize for our beliefs in our freedom to make our own decisions, that our government wants to make for us. We strive to keep our customers safe, and our employees.
The sign at Alvin’s Kitchen should be seen as a warning to Democratic leaders all over the country: Americans everywhere are sick of their overly-strict restrictions, and we aren’t going to let them control every aspect of our lives anymore.