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An In-N-Out restaurant was shut down by the San Francisco Department of Public Health because they refused to order customers to turn over their vaccination papers.
The popular burger chain’s outpost at Fisherman’s Wharf was ordered to close because they violated an August mandate that requires indoor diners show proof of vaccination.
In-N-Out, which operates 358 locations across the western United States, is owned by a devout Christian. The company inscribes Bible verses on many of its paper products.
“We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business,” the company said in a statement to the Todd Starnes Radio Show “This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive.”
Several other In-N-Out restaurants in the Bay Area were also cited by government agents. All were allowed to reopen, but only for outdoor dining.
“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,” the company stated.
In-N-Out confirmed that their employees did not stop customers from entering their restaurants.
“Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements,” the company said. “We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government.”
“It is unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe to force our restaurant Associates to segregate Customers into those who may be served and those who may not, whether based on the documentation they carry, or any other reason,” they said.
Instead of harassing law-abiding business owners, the health department should focus on a more pressing issue — like the dirty needles that litter playgrounds or the piles of human waste dumped on public sidewalks.