After being fined Thursday and threatened with closure the next day for choosing to serve all comers, Noego Coffee Company in Ormeau opened their doors with over 400 supporters in attendance. Queensland government ‘health measures’ threaten small businesses but community activism has saved one small business from closure.
The coffee was delicious and the company was enlightening and uplifting. A real positive, party atmosphere.
As a single patrol car drove up and saw what amounted to a virtual human shield, they chose to drive on.
Back up arrived and several patrol cars parked around the corner each taking turns to drive by but none stopped.
The crowd grew from 200 at opening to well over 400 but it was interesting to see that even 200 was enough to cause the police to rethink their plan to close the shop.
The supporters stayed all day and actually drank the shop dry! Usually not a good thing for a shop but today there was a cheer as the ‘no more coffee’ announcement was made. Dan and the staff are taking an early Christmas break and not opening tomorrow. A break well earned.
Dan Salter, the owner, was overcome by the support and thanked his staff for turning up at short notice to serve the throng as well as thanking the crowd. It took great courage for Dan to open up today and make a stand for freedom to choose. The heart of a lion.
We have heard of other shops being put in the same situation as Noego coffee. If you hear of this happening, based on today’s results , please support them. These ‘mandates’ are killing businesses. Families are being put under enormous stress both financially and emotionally. By taking a stand there will be more and more victories for the people and we can get back to the life we once knew. In fact we may well get a new life that is way better than what we have had.
Stay strong and hold the line.