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Santa Cruz Police Cite Seven Out-of-Towners at 7-Eleven

Cops fine Fremont residents for violating shelter-in-place orders

Now we know what the “seven” in 7-Eleven stands for.

A group of seven Fremont residents got hit with $7,000 in fines—$1,000 each—on Friday, April, 10 for hanging out at the convenience store chain’s Ocean Street franchise, in violation of the shelter-in-place order, according to a Facebook post from the Santa Cruz Police Department (SCPD).

“If you are not from Santa Cruz and you put our community at risk, you will get a ticket,” the post read, along with a photo of seven men sitting on a curbside.

That same caption added that the pandemic crisis is no time for a fun hangout—especially under shelter-in-place orders in effect from both Santa Cruz County Health Officer Gail Newel and from Gov. Gavin Newsom.

As of midday Monday, the post had garnered 9,000 shares.

In a comment on the post, Michael Torres framed the crackdown as an instance of government overreach.

“That’s not police work. That’s not something to be proud of. Sounds like you guys are giving out citations to anyone out getting a walk or minding their own business,” wrote Torres, who added that he does love SCPD and so much of the work that the department does. “Police departments should be the ones protecting our people, not enforcing unruly and ridiculous.”

Commenter Malia Murillo had less sympathy. “What aren’t people getting about this?” she asked, also in the comments. “There shouldn’t be any reason people are just hanging out … especially if you’re living in an area where it’s considered a hot spot for a virus that is sweeping our nation.”

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  1. Jordan tyler

    April 18, 2020 at 2:33 am

    Ii am inclined to think tha tg the risk was probably known by these peeps and so perhaps civil disobedience at play. Parents pay the 1000 would be a big mistake, just saying. They should though show up to court and apologize and get fine reduced if its s hardship.

    No gathering orders is a slippery slope. Better to use please than police.

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