As a number of COVID-19 vaccines began to come to market in 2021, concerns over the potential for a national vaccine mandate began to rise. The fear was that such a mandate would not only be disallowing a personal medical choice, but that it would foment discrimination against those who made the choice to remain unvaccinated.
So far, the “mandates” surrounding the vaccines have been largely a piecemeal hodge lodge of local ordinances with no clear enforcement structure.
And this is why In-N-Out Burger is going berserk in their fight against San Francisco.
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.
But the beef peddlers would get the last word.
“Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements,” In-N-Out Burger’s Chief Legal and Business Officer, Arnie Wensinger said 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,” Wensinger declared, slamming the San Francisco Department of Health’s requirements as “unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe” and accusing the city of asking restaurants to “segregate Customers” based on vaccine documentation.
The news broke just hours after it was revealed that Southwest Airlines was going to have a similar change of heart, and no longer immediately terminating employees who exercised their freedom to remain unvaccinated.