Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear directed all of his state’s residents to start wearing face masks when they’re around others in public or entering businesses just last week. Seems kind of late considering where we are at with this pandemic, but maybe he was aware of how his constituents will react. Kentucky citizens do not like to be told what to do, especially for their own health.
Local news affiliate WYMT reports that a gas station and convenience store called Alvin’s is taking some heat over a photograph circulated by a man named Dan Henson, who shared the image on Facebook. It showed a sign posted on the front door of Alvin’s that reads, “NO Face Masks allowed in store. Lower your mask or go somewhere else. Stop listening to Beshear, he’s a dumbass.”
Alvin’s in Manchester, KY. Let’s spread their shame. Frankfort will be notified about this and a few other things.Posted by Dan Henson on Monday, May 18, 2020
They were eventually reported to the health department, who were then told by Alvin’s that the sign is a joke. Ha ha, very funny, because they’re not being investigated. The investigation is ongoing, which means that the department of public health cannot comment on it, but that didn’t stop Alvin’s from posting a somewhat erratic message on Facebook:
“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.”
It’s a joke, but also incredibly serious, and they strive to keep everyone safe, but also personal freedom demands they have no responsibility.
Alvin’s owner Chris Stavely was interviewed by Newsweek and admitted the sign had been removed, because he claimed people were misunderstanding his intentions. Which were advertisement, he says.
“The sign was meant to grab a person’s attention so that they could come in and say, ‘You can’t tell me what to do.’ That was our point,” he said. “We can’t tell you what to do and neither can the government. They need to stand up for what they believe in.”
The store also sells masks and sanitizer, if you need any.