The owner of a coffee shop in Tucson, Arizona, was arrested during a county board of supervisors meeting to discuss his establishment’s non-compliance with the mask mandate.
He wants the county health department to adopt a mask policy that does not shame businesses as the policy was making him and his business the subject of an online harassment campaign. And when he complained about and gave examples of the threats he was receiving, he was arrested.
In Pima County, the health department punishes businesses who do not comply with the mask mandate by putting their names on a “wall of shame.” This has caused internet users to begin threatening and harassing those businesses that were shamed on the list.
The County Board of Supervisors encourages the general public to report non-compliant businesses. The board then investigates and decides whether the company should be put on the wall of shame.