The popular California-based fast-food chain In-N-Out has caused a political stir on their social media. They were saying they would not follow an order from San Francisco that forces restaurants to check the COVID-19 vaccination status of food customers. And also In-N-Out decided to not check their customers vaccine status.
The city required that all people over the age of 12 show proof of vaccination at restaurants and bars, among other indoor events.
However, city health officials said In-N-Out’s unique location in Fisherman’s Wharf. It is a popular tourist destination, refused to bar customers who could not provide vaccination proof.
Having ignored multiple warnings to enforce the mandate from the Department of Public Health of the city, officials ordered the site’s temporary closure on October 14. The restaurant has since reopened, albeit without an indoor dining room.
However, the company defended its decision not to check clients’ vaccination status, saying they considered the mandate offensive and that its application would discriminate against clients.
Arnie Wensinger, the network’s chief legal and commercial officer, stated that they were refusing to become the vaccination policy of any government.
The company’s decision comes amid national talks about states, cities, and companies requiring vaccination proof. Throughout California, counties and cities similar to San Francisco have implemented rules prevail there.
People who support the mandates shared their disappointment with the fast-food chain, saying the decision was not safe or hypocritical.
Many notable people have publicly stated against vaccine mandates. On the other side of the debate, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been outspoken about his decision not to get vaccinated. It means he can’t play in any home games under New York City mandates.
Since then, conservative media and politicians have voiced their support for In-N-Out, saying that people who support “freedom” should buy food or support anywhere nearby. The #DoNotComply hashtag has been trending on Twitter since then.
From it founded in 1948 and owned by heiress Lynsi Snyder, In-N-Out decided not to check their customers vaccine status. Previously, it has also been at the center of controversy similar to Chick-fil-A for donating to the Republican Party.