People rally in support of Owosso Barber Shop owner who’s staying open amid stay-home order


Owosso, Mich. (WLNS) — People are rallying and lining up for haircuts in front of Karl Manke’s Barber Shop in Owosso today to show support of Manke staying open during the pandemic and stay-home order.

There are about 12 people rallying, holding signs and American flags showing support of Manke.

About another 12 individuals are in line to get a haircut.

Barbershop owner, Karl Manke was cited by police Wednesday for having his business open during Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

After being denied twice by unemployment Karl Manke said he had enough.

“The governor decided she was going to go another two weeks, and then another two weeks, and now this last time when she said we weren’t going to come back May 1st, that we were going to be secluded here until the 28th– it brought me to my knees.,” Manke said.

He says dozens of people have come by.

Craig Cummings came in for a haircut today. He says he should be able to make the choice of whether to stay home or not. “Adults should be able to make their own choice. If you’re scared stay home. If you’re not do what you got to do,” he said.

Another customer, Anthony Jelinek said there’s something comforting about being able to get haircut.

“It just feels good to know you can come somewhere get your haircut, be relaxed, and be alongside other people who feel the same way you do,” he said.

Karl says support has come from all over.

“I had a police man stop by this morning and he said.. I thought okay here it is…it’s done. He said I love you and walked out,” Manke said.

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