Showdown: Private Restaurant Refuses Gov't Order To Shut DownSubmitted by Houckie377 on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 22:02
"I'm willing to go to jail for this," Helseth said. "If the Parks Service wants to put me in jail because I want to honor the terms of my contract, well, I suppose they have that right."
He says he can't understand why he should have to close his business -- something he says would hurt his bottom line.
"This is October. This is our busiest month of the year. I need October to make my year," Helseth explained.
He also points out that during the shutdown he was still obligated to pay other expenses for the facility.
"I'm paying for the insurance on this building," he said. "While it's closed I'm paying for the utilities on this building. I'm paying for the security system that is protecting this building and I cannot use this building."
His employees' welfare is also a big concern.
"My staff is not getting any back pay," Helseth continued. "My people aren't getting paid for the days we missed. I need to look out for the welfare of my staff."