FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) - A non-mask compliance complaint filed with the city of Franklin alleges that a vendor was told a stipulation of working for the event meant employees were not allowed to wear masks or gloves.

According to the complaint, obtained by News4 Investigates, the vendor was told it was to not “scare those in attendance.”

The vendor confirmed the details in the complaint to News4 Investigates.

For two days, News4 Investigates emailed and called Ramsey’s company, but no one responded.

Ramsey is a financial guru known worldwide for helping people get out of debt.

According to an article on his website, he is known for his “legendary” company Christmas party.

According to the complaint, filed on December 12, the vendor wrote, “Upcoming holiday party with 700-900 anticipated guests. Asked that catering vendors do not wear mask or gloves – as not to scare those in attendance.”

Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey told News4 Investigates that when he called the Ramsey company that he was told the complaint was false.

“That was absolutely not true. There was no prohibition on that. That all their team members and vendors were welcomed to wear masks,” Stuckey said.

News4 Investigates asked about the estimated 700-900 crowd.

“Is there a concern that there could be a party of that size in the city?” asked News4 Investigates.

“Could be a concern yes, but we do not have the legal authority under the state of Tennessee or through Williamson county to regulate that,” Stuckey said.

Stuckey said while there is a mask mandate in the county, it only applies to places where the public is allowed to go.

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Chief Investigative Reporter

Jeremy Finley is the chief investigator for News4 Investigates. His reporting has resulted in criminal convictions, legislative hearings before the U.S. Congress, and the payout of more than a million dollars to scam victims.

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