Costa Mesa Police make arrests at Mother’s Market
Orange County, California – In August 2020, multiple people were arrested for not wearing face masks inside of a Mother’s Market in Costa Mesa.
According to a woman who was cuffed, the store manager locked her and other maskless individuals in the store and called the police.
Over a dozen police officers showed up to the Orange County grocery store to arrest a few people for not wearing masks in public.
One of the women arrested on August 15, 2020 was convicted of trespassing and obstructing business or customers.
A jury this week found Marianne Campbell Smith, 57, guilty and an Orange County Superior Court Judge sentenced her to 40 hours of community service, a year of informal probation and a $200 fine, the Orange County Register reported.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said this case was about “private business and workers trying to comply with local and state health orders.”
"Instead the defendant bullied her way around the store and yelled at masked elderly shoppers that they were part of a government conspiracy. As the elected District Attorney of Orange County I am responsible for protecting private property rights."
— OCDA Todd Spitzer (@OCDAToddSpitzer) October 21, 2021