Craig Kenady, an owner of a diner in Port Orchard, Washington, participated in a radio show in which he talked about the case of his restaurant, known for breaking the COVID-19 rules imposed by the state government.
The owner of That One Place Diner told the KIRO radio host Dori Monson that he found his financial prospects and the job security of his 45 employees much more important than any restriction enacted by Jay Inslee, a Democratic Governor of Washington.
It was the reason why he decided to keep his restaurant open despite state orders.
Kenady explained that he had a conversation with his wife when the stay-at-home order was first issued last year.
That One Place Diner owner said that, after they found that that they are struggling to pay the regular bills, he and his wife decided to keep their diner open.
Kenady stressed that his employees were delighted when he informed them about the plan to work regardless of the circumstances.
The Port Orchard business owner added that people, particularly those in recovery, cannot keep receiving governmental paychecks and staying at home without compromising their well-being.
A public ‘tattletale list’
After deciding to remain open, Kenady kept receiving complaints about disobeying state COVID-19 rules.
The business owner was so disappointed that he decided to put a list that included the personal information of some of the people who reported him.
Calling it the ‘tattletale list,’ Kenady stressed that it was the best thing to so that Port Orchard residents can know who they could trust.
He said that the list would make everyone in the town know, ‘plainly and simply,’ who their neighbors are.
Along with names, ‘tattletale list’ included information about phone numbers and email addresses, as well as reasons for complaints.
The list shows that most people complained about the diner not following state rules and letting people eat indoors.
Some urged the government to ‘stop the danger coming out from the diner,’ while others pointed out that the restaurant serves as a place where stay-at-home order opponents congregate.
There were also complaints about no mask-wearing or physical distancing at the restaurant.
What followed is that several people from the list started receiving unexpected phone calls from strangers.
Moreover, an unnamed woman arrived in the restaurant with her son to tear down the list.
The local police eventually returned the list to Kenady, who decided to place it in a less visible place.
He also discouraged his customers from contacting any of the people on the list.