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Gift shop sale shut down by conservation police

Some customers had waited in line for three hours

Stacy Flanagan arrived at White Pines Resort around 12:30 p.m. Monday.

She waited in line until 3 p.m. Right before she was about to enter the gift shop sale, the conservation police came and shut it down.

The sale, which was planned to last until Wednesday, was made in an effort to pay back brides and guests who had made deposits at White Pines Resort.

Owner and concessionaire Beth George said last week that she will not reopen her business that is located inside White Pines State Park

George said she elected to have the sale to recoup losses from closing.

“I don’t want the brides tied up in bankruptcy and all that,” George said before the sale opened on Monday. “The gift shop sale will hopefully give me everything I need to pay them back. The sale will be done in person with safety precautions like limited capacity, social distancing and masks.”

But after being closed down on Monday, George said she would discontinue the sale.

George said the potential punishments announced last Friday by the Governor for businesses trying to open when they are not supposed to played into her decision to discontinue the sale.

She said she doesn’t want to risk “a real threat of prosecution.”

“I do not hold the conservation police responsible,” George said. “They were just doing their job.”

“The police said she wasn’t supposed to be open at all because she wasn’t essential,” Flanagan said. “People started hollering at police officers.”

Only 10 people were being allowed into the shop at a time and social distancing was practiced in the line, Flanagan said.

The sale started at 8 a.m. People were lined up all the way back to the parking lot.

Flanagan said people were being safe and staying apart. She estimated that 100 or more people attended the sale.

“I was a little upset,” Flanagan said. “It’s not the police’s fault. It was frustrating. I just wanted to help Beth out. I wanted anything for a souvenir. I always liked the place. I enjoyed hiking, eating and banquets there over the years.”