There is no person who visits California who doesn’t remotely think about stopping at the famous In-N-Out Burger. Known for the delicious menu and retro style, apparently, the burger franchise is too keen on forcing patrons to show proof of their vaccination status. So much so, that In-N-Out Burger publicly blasted the city of San Francisco for requiring businesses to implement such a protocol. It didn’t stop there as one of the popular burger joint’s locations was closed due to them serving any customer regardless of vaccination status.
Releasing a statement, In-N-Out Burger’s chief legal and business officer, Arnie Wensinger said, “On Thursday, October 14, the San Francisco Department of Public Health closed our restaurant at 333 Jefferson Street because In-N-Out Burger Associates (employees) were not preventing the entry of Customers who were not carrying proper vaccination documentation.”
Wensinger went on to add, “Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements. 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.”
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The practice of requiring proof of vaccination started in August when San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the mandate. Breed said at the time of the announcement, “Many San Francisco businesses are already leading the way by requiring proof of vaccination for their customers because they care about the health of their employees, their customers, and this City. This order builds on their leadership and will help us weather the challenges ahead and keep our businesses open. Vaccines are our way out of the pandemic, and our way back to a life where we can be together safely.”
As for In-N-Out, Wensinger views the city forcing businesses “to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is a clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive.”