Christa Thompson, an Idaho mom of six could face jail time for holding a yard sale during the state’s strict Coronavirus lockdown order.
Thompson was first warned by cops on April 9 that her garage sale was breaking the law — but according to the Rathdrum Police Department, she still had it running more than a week later, despite their repeated warnings.
Cops finally issued Thompson a citation for breaking the lockdown measures last Friday after making their fourth trip out to warn her following repeated complaints from neighbors, police said.
“A garage sale/yard sale is not an essential business and should not be open for business,” police said in a statement, noting it “filled the entire front yard and spilled into the back yard as well.”
Violating the Idaho’s coronavirus stay-at-home order is a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine, or both.
Thompson’s husband, Peter Thompson, claimed to the Coeur d’Alene Press that they were just sorting through his wife’s late father’s belongings rather than holding a yard sale.
Admitting that police had been out to see them, he insisted that the officers assured them it was OK to sell stuff “as there’s no signs or advertising,” saying, “So we didn’t.”
“I talked to my lawyer,” Peter said. “He said we’re not doing anything wrong. I don’t consider this a business, you know?
“And we’re trying to raise six kids, too.”