Kim and Donald Waigand are a middle-aged, working class American couple who have been married for 31 years. Several years ago, Don was in a horrific accident that left him permanently injured. After a year of occupational therapy he was able to return to work as a laborer on a road crew. Doctors told Don that scar tissue and arthritis would eventually leave him unable to use his arm or hand. He received settlement money from his injury, and together Don and Kim decided to use the money to fulfill their dreams. They opened The Crack’d Egg, a quaint breakfast and lunch restaurant in Brentwood, PA – just outside of Pittsburgh.
Kim and Donald work over 100 hours a week collectively, operating The Crack’d Egg and serving their community. They employ many individuals from various backgrounds that rely on their jobs to support themselves and their families. To Kim and Donald, The Crack’d Egg is a product of their dream and the American opportunity.
When Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf essentially shut down Pennsylvania in March of 2020, including the requirement that all restaurants close for dine-in services, The Crack’d Egg complied with all government mandates. Kim and their son Cody worked the business alone for those two weeks doing take out only. As the government continuously changed the mandates and procedures, often acting arbitrarily, The Crack’d Egg continued to comply.
This went on for almost five months, all while the government’s powers went unchecked and small businesses went under. Hardworking business owners lost everything they had spent their lives creating, earnest individuals were put out of work, and American individual rights and liberties were tossed aside.
In July of 2020, The Crack’d Egg took a stand. When the government’s overreaching and erratic requirements made the continuation of The Crack’d Egg’s already damaged business nearly impossible, it resumed business as it saw fit.
The Waigands are true patriots and refused to violate any persons’ rights by requiring their staff or guests to wear a mask. The Allegheny County Health Department bullied, intimidated and eventually commenced legal action to effectively close their business. They were never properly served by a sheriff. Instead the Health Department sent The Crack’d Egg an email in the afternoon of Thursday September 17th for an emergency hearing Monday September 21st. As it has for the past seven months, the government is attempting to exercise overly broad power and violate constitutional rights and freedoms.
The choice is to fight back or surrender. Kim and Don have chosen to fight back. They are fighting for their business, their staff, the American people, and other businesses that can’t or won’t stand up to tyranny. Kim and Don have used a large sum of their savings for a modest legal fee, and they intend to go the distance, knowing full well that Allegheny County and Governor Wolf intend to make an example of them. As part of their legal strategy the Waigands will seek to invalidate the orders of Governor Wolf. This case could go on for a very long time, and legal experts have said that it could potentially make it to the Supreme Court. Kim and Donald intend to set an example for what the American spirit is all about. They are ready for a fight - are you ready to fight with them? If you see it their way and share the same American spirit, they need and would greatly appreciate your help. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly toward paying the legal bills for this case.
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