Earlier this week…
Hobby Lobby locations in Brookfield, Franklin, Menomonee Falls and Waukesha were open Monday, but have since closed. In some cases busybody citizens phoned the cops and finked on the stores.
Signs at the Brookfield and Waukesha Hobby Lobby stores this week said they were “operating as an essential business” by “offering PPE mask supplies, educational supplies, office supplies and various components for home small businesses.”
Gov. Evers’ Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation doesn’t see it that way and, according to Evers’ order, nonessential businesses found to be in violation could be fined $250 and face up to 30 days in jail.
There’s a rather common refrain from some folks who, when they see police performing menial tasks, sarcastically claim that there must not be any crime to investigate. I don’t subscribe to that train of thought, but this does open up the door to skepticism. And I don’t blame the businesses. Reports from other parts of the country indicate there’s great confusion about what’s “essential” and what’s not.
Finally, from Hobby Lobby’s Facebook page:
We believe that it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. God has been faithful in the past, and we trust Him for our future. We are committed to:
• Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.
• Offering our customers exceptional selection and value.
• Serving our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals, and nurture families.
• Providing a return on the family’s investment, sharing the Lord’s blessings with our employees, and investing in our community.
Could that be part of the reason Gov. Evers has shut down Hobby Lobby?