San Francisco, CA — The city of San Francisco, despite having a population close to a million people, has experienced one of the lowest fatality rates for COVID-19 in the country. During the entire 20-month span, only 644 people have died from COVID-19 in the county. To put that into perspective, nearly twice as many people have overdosed during that same time period.
Despite the complete lack of a threat posed by COVID-19 in the area, San Francisco implemented a vaccine mandate for indoor businesses. The mandate requires that business owners act as vaccine police for the state and check everyone's papers before allowing them inside.
This highly disturbing and Orwellian practice is spreading like a plague across the country as people watch their freedoms burn one by one in the name of fighting the pandemic.
The good news is that many people aren't willing to go along with the government and they are stepping up in inspiring acts of resistance. One of those folks is In-N-Out Chief Legal & Business Officer Arnie Wensinger, who is openly defying the mandate, telling government that his company will not be the vaccine police.
“We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” Wensinger said this week.
As a result of In-N-Out's defiance, the San Francisco Department of Public Health shut them down last week, “because In-N-Out Burger Associates (employees) were not preventing the entry of customers who were not carrying proper vaccination documentation.”
Read that statement again and realize that this is happening in the ostensible land of the free. Shameful indeed.
Wensinger explained that they posted the sign on the door, but that's where they draw the line at enforcing the draconian segregation mandate.
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The SFDPH said officials “directly informed In-N-Out Burger representatives multiple times about the proof of vaccination requirement,” visiting the location on September 24 following a complaint.
Whether or not anyone actually complained is unknown, but the SFDPH demanded compliance or else.
“The outreach team provided information so the restaurant could comply with the law,” the SFDPH statement read. “Inspectors from the SFDPH’s Environmental Health division followed up on October 6 and found that In-N-Out Burger was still in violation of the health order,” so the restaurant was shut down.
But Wensinger opened back up anyway, although now they are only opened for drive-thru service. Despite threats from bureaucrats, Wensinger is standing true to his principles and not backing down saying he disagrees with the SFDPH requirement that restaurant employees “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.”
Indeed, it is not a private business' job to enforce a discriminatory mandate based on whether or not someone has undergone a medical treatment that coincidentally, continues to wane in efficacy.
In closing, Wensinger finished the statement by detailing the tyrannical nature of such mandates.
"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,” Wensinger said. “We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive.”
We agree, and also have a sudden craving for In-N-Out.