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Michigan barber who defied stay-at-home order: ‘I’m opening up, I won’t stand down’


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A Michigan barber who defied coronavirus stay-at-home orders from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that he stays rooted in his convictions.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends First” with hosts Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt, Karl Manke stated he is undecided what is going to occur subsequent. A Shiawassee County Circuit Courtroom judge must rule by 5 p.m. EDT Thursday whether or not or not Manke’s Owosso barbershop needs to be shut down.


“I hope that there’s a certain amount of sanity that will prevail,” he remarked. “But, so far … this governor, we’ve had nothing but trouble with her. The legislatures had told her she was not assigned this part of this position that she’s taken to shut us down for another 28 days … And, she has defied their order.”

“And as far as I’m concerned, I’m opening up,” added Manke. “I have a livelihood. I have a business that I have to protect. I have clients [who] rely on me. And I’m going to continue on. I’m not going to stand down.”

“I’m 77 years old. I mean, what are they going to give me? Life?” he requested. “I’ve got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. I [couldn’t] care less.”

Karl Manke, 77, left, wears a mask while cutting hair on Tuesday at Karl Manke's Barber and Beauty Shop in Owosso, Mich. Manke re-opened his doors on Monday in defiance of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's executive order mandating salons, barbershops and other businesses to stay closed. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

According to the Lansing State Journal, Manke – who attended a protest on the state Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday – was given a ticket for violating Whitmer’s order on Might 6 and charged with a misdemeanor. His store stayed open, however every week later he was notified that the Michigan Division of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs had suspended his barber license.

Manke reportedly closed his store at the moment.

The pandemic and shutdown orders have additionally thrust the nation into an unprecedented financial disaster, with almost 39 million unemployment claims filed since March.

Like Manke, companies which were open for many years – establishments that reveal the soul of America – are closed. And a few, for good.

“Well, my business is my livelihood. This is my life. I’ve been doing this for nearly 60 years. You know, I’ve been a barber in this community since 1961,” he advised the “Friends First” hosts.

“You know, and right now as far as I’m concerned, I want to send out a message to the other barbers, the other beauticians, massage therapists to stand up, to open up, and show up in this state. We need to get back to business. We need to get back to our lives,” Manke asserted.

“What am I going to do: live in fear all my life? I can’t do that,” he concluded.


Though each COVID-19 and the flu are respiratory diseases, analysis to date signifies that coronavirus spreads much more simply and has a better dying charge than the flu.

Based on Live Science, a current paper revealed within the journal JAMA Inside Medication discovered that the USA had 20 instances extra deaths per week from COVID-19 than from the flu within the deadliest week of a mean influenza season.

Whereas some areas like California’s Bay Space have “flattened the curve,” others reopening early – like Texas – noticed sharp influxes of cases upon loosening restrictions. The US is hurtling towards a projected dying toll of 100,000 individuals. The depend now stands at over 93,000 individuals.


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