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LOCKED UP: NYC bar owner arrested for defying COVID restrictions

The owner of a New York City bar was arrested for defying coronavirus restrictions and providing indoor service past the city’s deadline.



Lock down or get locked up…literally.

The owner of a New York City bar was arrested for defying coronavirus restrictions and providing indoor service past the city’s deadline, the Associated Press reports.

Deputies arrested Danny Presti, the co-owner of Mac’s Public House on Staten Island Tuesday after a sting in which plainclothes officers went inside and ordered food and beverages, the city sheriff’s office said.

The bar is located in an area designated by Governor Andrew Cuomo as an “orange zone” because of soaring COVID-19 cases, and was therefore not supposed to be serving patrons indoors.

But, the owners declared the bar an “autonomous zone” in attempts to combat the restrictions, continuing to serve and operate past the 10 p.m. curfew for restaurant service in the city.

As a result, the restaurant has been fined thousands of dollars.

According to a release from Sheriff Joseph Fucito, deputies went inside – undercover – Tuesday and ordered food in exchange for a mandatory $40 “donation.” Uniformed deputies then went in and issued tickets for state and city violations.

Presti was uncooperative and thus, charged with obstruction of governmental administration in addition to the charges from unauthorized food and beverage service, the sheriff said.

One of the bar’s attorneys told the Staten Island Advance that “these sheriff’s officers are ‘wannabe’ cops. This is what happens when little people get a little power.”

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  1. Patricia Grosskopf

    December 2, 2020 at 2:56 pm

    Think it’s sad the cops actually did this !!! Wtf is our country coming too. I say All bar n restaurants in All states should reopen. What are they gonna do, lock everybody up???? This Bullshit has got to stop Now !!!!!

  2. Vicki Wunderlich

    December 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Congratulations!! You ACTUALLY have an American Patriot in New York!!! I’m super proud that he had the gumption to stand UP even though he was wrongly punished for it.

  3. Laxmom

    December 2, 2020 at 2:58 pm

    Fight this all the way. Demand a jury trial…no jury in this country would convict this man!
    This is the United States of America and we are a free people. NOTHING suspends our constitutional rights, not a flu nor a tyrannical government…NOTHING!!!!!

  4. Debbie Hartman

    December 2, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Are you kidding me. What country are we living in? This country has gone bonkers!!!

  5. chuck

    December 2, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    Well martial law is starting to take effect under the Democrat control. Now you see where this is going especially when the Democrats get complete control of the White House in Congress. Say goodbye to America

  6. ExSF

    December 2, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    This happened in New York. Isn’t there some real crime occurring somewhere?

  7. Brad Bunnell

    December 2, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    This just in. NYC Mayor is number one on Missing List. News at 6…

  8. Dennis Duffy

    December 2, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    We these…”Scumbag” Cops

  9. Michael Gerke

    December 2, 2020 at 3:24 pm

    Those deputies need to be hung for treason

  10. Freddy

    December 2, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    But they are releasing jaibirds because of covid. This is so fucking ridiculous.

  11. Real American

    December 2, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Well done Danny Presti. He had the courage to stand up against tyranny and place his pursuit of happiness over COMMIE Cuomo’s idiot edicts. I will support any small business owner in any state doing the right thing. If the leftists nazi’s in this country want a civil war myself and 74 million real Americans are ready.

  12. scott

    December 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Here in lies the problem, peons holding power over autonomous people. We’re all big boys and girls and we can go out at night and have a fucking drink if we’d like to take the risk of getting kung flu

  13. Ty Oleson

    December 3, 2020 at 10:05 am

    The Governor of New York defies covid-19 restriction
    and gets away with it. Oh he did apologize for it Thats fair right?

  14. Nuneyer Bidness

    December 3, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Sheriff is asshoe

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