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In-N-Out is no longer flipping patties in San Francisco after flipping the bird to Bay Area vaccine mandates.
After the company issued a statement claiming that their restaurants will not screen customers for vaccination status, one location near Fisherman’s Wharf was targeted and shut down for infringing on the city’s vaccine pass protocol.
According to the Fox News report:
“The San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the Fisherman’s Wharf In-N-Out location on Oct. 14 after the popular burger joint did not check the vaccination status of customers, which violates an August mandate from the city requiring indoor diners to show proof of vaccination.”
In-N-Out Chief Legal and Business Officer Arnie Wensinger represented the company’s stance — via NPR — to forego denial of service for unvaccinated people. Vaccination screening has been a strategy championed by the Biden administration to encourage Americans toward getting the jab. Patrons in San Francisco must still wear a mask indoors, vaccinated or not.
“We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business,” Wensinger said. “This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive. …
As a company, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and to us that means serving all Customers who visit us and making all Customers feel welcome.”
An additional In-N-Out location was struck by COVID-19 mandate fines in Contra Costa County for failing to check vaccination status.
Restaurants have taken on the brunt of economic damage from the COVID-19 pandemic with lingering mandates, supply chain issues and labor shortages. Chick-fil-A recently spoke out on their disregard of a person’s vaccination status.
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