Nearly two months later, with no incoming funds, Myers is struggling to make his new house payment and put food on the table for his three kids.
The story is much the same for people all over the nation, like Ana Isabel Castro-Garcia and Stephanie Mata of Laredo, Texas, who usually offer beautician services.
With stay at home orders still in place, these once prosperous business owners are struggling even to make the smallest of ends meet.
But desperate times call for desperate measures.
And so each of these individuals have decided to take the risk and go back to work anyway.
Myers opened his shop on Wednesday for a full ten minutes before police showed up to arrest him and charge him a fine. The 38-year-old now faces up to 60 days in jail or a fine of no more than $1000. But you tell me, how is a man who can barely afford to feed his own children supposed to now pay extra money to the court or spend another two months without work and in jail?
In Laredo, Castro-Garcia and Mata are in the same boat. After being tricked by undercover police, both agreed to see customers in their home for cosmetic services. And shortly upon this agreement, both were arrested. They have both been charged with a Class B misdemeanor facing “up to 180 days in jail, A $2,000 fine or both,” according to the Morning Times.
The threat for people all over is, as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said of her own community, “Don’t make us treat you like a criminal.”
However, those who actually are criminals are getting set free to do as they please.
In Orange County, California, for example, seven “high risk” sex offenders have just been released from prison. District Attorney Todd Spitzer says, “These kinds of high-risk sex offenders are the most dangerous kind of criminal and the most likely to re-offend.” But they are back on the streets anyway.
Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens caught on the beaches in the area will be taking real criminals places.
And the state of Washington is no different. Here a lawsuit was recently brought forth, demanding the release of two-thirds of all state prisoners be released, regardless of their crimes. Those to be considered for release would those over age 50, with underlying health issues, and inmates with 18 months or less remaining.
This would include one of the most dangerous men in the state, Gary Ridgeway, who pleaded guilty to the murder of 48 women and claims to have some 80 or so more. And yet because he might be at risk of getting coronavirus, he might just get to walk free.
Well, he would have. Thank God, the state’s Supreme Court ruled to deny the lawsuit. However, it is noted that it only ruled that way by one vote. It was a 5-4 decision.
Makes a lot of sense, right? To protect the public, law officials are willing to let known murderers and sex offenders back on the streets and the turn right around and fill those cells with citizens who just want to get back to work so they can provide for their families.