Pennsylvania Restaurant Owner Who Told State He ‘Ain’t Paying Crap’ for COVID Fines Wins in Court


The owner of an Italian restaurant in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, who refused to pay the $10K in coronavirus fines assessed by the state beat the Democrat governor in court this week.

Mike Magnano, owner of “Taste of Italy” restaurant, opened his eatery to full capacity in May, ignoring the state’s mandates that only a few customers be allowed to enter at a time. Magnano also refused to require masks or social distancing.

It wasn’t long before Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID Nazis swooped in and levied fines of $10,000 on the restaurant for daring to defy the gov’s coronavirus policies.

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Magnano, though, refused to pay and continued welcoming anyone who wanted service at his restaurant.

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“Some rob you with a gun, while others rob you with a pen. We ain’t paying crap,” Magnano said of Wolf’s policies.

“There’s absolutely no fear here. We’re going to continue to come to work, and the governor ain’t going to do anything about it,” Magnano added.

“We don’t care what the repercussions may be. We want the world to see how ridiculous it is for being penalized to go to work,” he said in a press conference. “Nobody’s asking business owners to take up arms or go to war. Open your doors already.”

The restaurant’s owners next step was to take the state to court. And they just won.

“We were absolutely ecstatic,” Mangano told WHP. “You know a lot of people said a lot of different things about Taste of Sicily. We were selfish. All we cared about was business and money, and it’s like we need to make a living.”

Wolf said he plans to appeal the ruling.

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