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NJ Diner Couple Use GoFundMe to Foot Bill for COVID Fines for Letting Customers Eat
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Authorities have dubbed them a defiant diner couple using GoFundMe donations to pay off their $1,000 in mounting tickets for letting customers eat inside as they refuse to bow to governor’s orders — even when he changed their locks, Your Content has learned.

Couple, Brian and Debbie Brindisi, told NJ.com that they received a call from their alarm company on Friday morning around 4.30am notifying them that three doors at the Lakeside Diner had been broken into.

Debbie said they immediately went to the establishment where they found deputies from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, a locksmith and the Lacey Township police.

She said they were in the process of changing the locks when her husband, Brian, managed to get inside.

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By 7 a.m., the Brindisis had opened their restaurant to diners inside and outside the business.

According to NJ.com, the couple have opened their doors to indoor dining since June in order to stay financially afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy indefinitely banned indoor dining in late June after seeing spikes in other states ‘driven by, in part, the return of indoor dining.’

As a result, businesses in the state have to rely on outdoor seating and delivery and to-go orders.

Debbie also shared images of the locksmith outside their restaurant, saying: “You would think that they wouldn’t because they’re trespassing. But I guess because it was an executive order from our wonderful governor. They didn’t want to do it. But they’re doing their jobs as well.”

State officials said that Friday’s incident marked the diner’s 10th citation since early June.

Two of those citations occurred last week.

Debbie said she and her husband believe that they are well within their constitutional rights to keep their restaurant operating financially.

“As well as a need financially to pay our bills here, pay our bills at home, pay our employees, it’s also a constitutional right,” she told NJ.com.

A GoFundMe page was also started to raise $1,000 that would go toward paying off the couple’s fines.

According to the page, which has raised more than $1,200, the rest would go toward ‘a charity of their choice’.

New Jersey has reported more than 191,000 coronavirus cases and at least 15,943 deaths since the pandemic hit the state in mid-March.

Debbie also shared images of the locksmith outside their restaurant, saying: ‘You would think that they wouldn’t because they’re trespassing. But I guess because it was an executive order from our wonderful governor. They didn’t want to do it. But they’re doing their jobs as well.’

State officials said that Friday’s incident marked the diner’s 10th citation since early June.

Debbie said she and her husband believe that they are well within their constitutional rights to keep their restaurant operating financially.

“As well as a need financially to pay our bills here, pay our bills at home, pay our employees, it’s also a constitutional right,” she told NJ.com.

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