People want GoFundMe to stop hosting fundraiser for Adamson BBQ
The GoFundMe to back Adamson BBQ owner Adam Skelly, who is facing steep fines after famously hosting diners inside one of his Toronto restaurants last week despite lockdown measures, has raised nearly $300,000 since it was launched four days ago, and many are pretty sickened by the show of support.
@gofundme There's a campaign to raise money for #AdamsonBBQ to break the law, deny public measures to fight Covid19, and promote his business, none of which is a legitimate reason for a #gofundmecampaign#onpoli #cdnmedia #COVID19Ontario https://t.co/HfqrtHSQLN— Peter Fyfe (@Fyfeberg) November 29, 2020
Skelly has become a hero for anti-lockdowners everywhere, ranging from those who feel for small businesses on the verge of certain demise due to pandemic closures to those who think COVID-19 is a complete hoax.
In response to the hundreds of thousands that Skelly has received from fans, people have started calling for GoFundMe to take down his campaign before it becomes any more lucrative for the rule flouter, who some feel put public health at risk for permitting indoor maskless dining for not one, but three days in a row at his Etobicoke location.
That includes @gofundme serving as a platform that enables law breakers, criminals, #COVID19 deniers, QAnon lunatics & people endangering public health to profit from their irresponsibility and/or crimes. #AdamsonBBQ #COVID19Ontario #COVIDIOTS https://t.co/rIfvU9cJ35— Seraphim Marcopoulos (@smarcopoulos) November 29, 2020
The 33-year-old restaurateur was arrested outside his restaurant at the QEW and Royal York last Thursday after a dramatic confrontation between throngs of his supporters and police, and now faces multiple charges that include operating without the business license authorities seized from him after his first day of illegal opening on Tuesday.
He may also be convicted for violations of the province's emergency orders amid the health crisis, including defying indoor dining regulations and hosting a prohibited gathering, which could bring penalties of more than $100,000 plus jail time.
The fundraiser initially started to pay Skelly's legal fees "for violating unconstitutional and draconian COVID 'public health orders'" — which has become the site's top crusade — now has a counter petition asking for its removal, as well as growing opposition online.
But, members of the public are justly able to crowdfund for "just about anything" they want, as the platform itself states, and those donating to the Adamson page presumably know exactly what they're backing.
Still, others have aptly pointed out the countless other small businesses and causes that residents can direct their money toward instead during a time when so many are floundering (and still following the law).
In October a GoFundMe created to support the older employees at Furama Cake & Desserts raised only $18K with media coverage. The bakery was a revered Chinatown landmark and closed due to COVID. Tonight, after 3 days, the Adamson BBQ GoFundMe surpassed $257K. Canada’s iniquity.— Amanda Bartley (@bartleyamandaj) November 29, 2020
Skelly headed to an anti-lockdown protest at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday — where he encouraged other businesses owners to contend the rules and open their doors — after being released on $50,000 bail the day prior.
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