Restaurant chain In-N-Out Burger has turned heads this week by putting its foot down and refusing to enforce a discriminatory COVID-19 vaccine mandate for customers in San Francisco, temporarily closing down a location and making it clear the company refuses “to become the vaccination police for any government.”
In-N-Out Burger’s Chief Legal and Business Officer Arnie Wensinger slammed the August order dictating that the company has to check customers’ vaccine status before serving them.
”Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements,” he explained in a statement to Fox News. “After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any Customers without the proper documentation.”
“‘We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” said Wensinger, adding that the San Francisco Department of Health’s requirements are “unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe.”
Praise for the rebellious restaurant erupted on social media.
“In-N-Out Burger has taken the right position on vaccine passports. #DoNotComply,” posted Republican state Rep. Tony Lovasco on Twitter.
Fox News host Steve Hilton told followers, “If you live near an In-N-Out Burger it is your patriotic duty to spend some $$$ there tomorrow.”
Political commentator Lauren Chen wrote, “Yay, In-N-Out! Thank you for having principles and refusing to do the state’s dirty work. If you live near an In-N-Out, please pay them a visit! (Also, the burgers are delicious lol).”
One user pointed noted exactly what a disaster San Francisco has become in a viral tweet which read, “San Francisco politicians want to make it clear – You can steal $949 worth of goods and nobody should stop you. But you need documentation for a double-double with fries.”
The user was making reference to California’s Proposition 47, passed in 2014, which increased the threshold for thefts to be considered a felony, from $400 to $950.
The Babylon Bee’s Frank Fleming also addressed this ironic situation writing, “So if I understand this, in SF you need to show proof of vaccination to eat at In-N-Out… unless you shoplift the burger because then it would be illegal for anyone to stop you.” He jokingly called it “The Hamburglar loophole.”
More businesses have become to push back on these absurd vaccine requirements following President Joe Biden formally announcing last month that he will be mandating vaccination requirements for not just federal employees, but many private businesses, too.
“Companies with at least 100 employees must require their employees get vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests under a new Biden administration plan to combat the coronavirus and encourage vaccination,” The Daily Wire reported at the time.
“President Joe Biden is scheduled to outline a revamped federal strategy to address COVID-19 that includes far more invasive regulations and restrictions than the federal government has put in place to date. Part of Biden’s six-point plan involves cracking down on 100+ employee companies to push their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Labor Department plans to issue an emergency temporary standard in a matter of weeks “implementing the new requirement, which will cover 80 million private-sector workers. … Businesses that don’t comply can face fines of up to $14,000 per violation, [officials] said.”
Author: Julian Mickens