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Donations Pour In For Server Who Was Fired After Posting Video Of Nebraska’s Maskless Governor

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A server at a bar filmed a video shaming Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts for not wearing a mask during a public appearance.

That server was fired after the video she posted went viral.

At the time, Karina Montanez, who is a single mother, was working at DJ’s Dugout when the Governor made an appearance on election night where he and his cohorts mingled without face coverings.

Montanez filmed Ricketts and posted the video on Twitter, with the caption:

“bald headed ricketts in the building y’all!”

In the video, she zoomed in on Ricketts and his group from afar and asked if he was missing something.

“Hey, Pete, where’s your mask? Where’s your mask, Pete? What are you doing, Pete?”

“We’re in a pandemic, Pete.”

She turned the camera to selfie mode, revealing Montanez had pulled down her mask for the video but later assured she was alone at a safe distance from others in “the cubby room.

KPTM reported that Montanez’s video allegedly went viral after Senator Megan Hunt (D-Nebraska) promoted it.

Montanez was fired after posting the video on November 3 and was not given a specific reason as to why.

“I wasn’t bashing the restaurant. Yes, the video was recorded in the restaurant but the purpose of the video was to show people how our governor is about while we’re in this pandemic where people are literally dying.”

But Twitter had her back.

 

Sunni Renner–the CEO of DJ’s Dugout–issued a statement explaining she terminated the employee because she used her cellphone during her shift, which is a company violation.

However, Montanez, who worked at the establishment for two-and-a-half years, disagreed.

She noticed other employees that night also took out their devices “while on the floor and on the clock.”

Montanez told followers she was “fired for posting this tweet” on November 17 and asked for donations from followers.

People sent her words of encouragement and money via Venmo and Cash App.

She was overwhelmed by the online generosity and told the Daily Dot:

“I honestly thought the reaction i was going to receive was the complete opposite, so it’s very encouraging and heart warming how many people are supporting me and are by my side during this scary transition!”

 

In addition to shaming the establishment for firing Montanez, people also slammed the maskless Governor.

In light of the video that went viral, Taylor Gage–director of strategic communications to the Governor–argued in favor of Ricketts being sans mask and commented:

“The Governor was wearing a mask when entered and exited the establishment. The Governor removes his mask temporarily for pictures and did so that evening.”

“The Governor also removed his mask when sitting down at the establishment. The state does not require people to wear masks when seated in bars or restaurants.”

Montanez still does not know why she was exactly let go, but she did have this to say:

“I guess the big takeaway is you never know what can happen so just be careful what you post.”

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1