In-N-Out decision to not check customers’ vaccination status stirs political debate on social media

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Popular California-based fast-food chain In-N-Out has sparked a political stir on social media for saying they will not comply with a San Francisco order requiring restaurants to check customers’ COVID-19 vaccination status.

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city ​​on 20 august Everyone over the age of 12 will be required to show proof of vaccination at restaurants and bars, along with other indoor events.

However, city health officials said In-N-Out’s single location at Fisherman’s Wharf – a popular tourist destination – declined to ban customers who were unable to provide proof of vaccination.


After ignoring several warnings from the city’s public health department to enforce the mandate, officials ordered the location to be temporarily closed on October 14. The restaurant has since reopened, although without indoor dining.

However, the company defended its decision not to check the vaccination status of customers, saying they found the mandate objectionable and that implementing it would discriminate against customers.

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“We refuse to be the vaccination police for any government,” the chain’s chief legal and business officer, Ernie Weinsinger, said in a statement.

The company’s decision comes amid a national conversation on states, cities and businesses requiring proof of vaccination. Throughout California, counties and cities have implemented the same rules as San Francisco.

Those supporting the mandate shared their disappointment with the fast-food chain, saying the decision was not safe or hypocritical.

On the other side of the debate, several notable people have publicly stated that they were against the vaccine mandate. Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving He has been vocal about his decision not to get vaccinated, which means he cannot play in any home games under New York City’s mandate.

Conservative media outlets and politicians have since expressed their support for In-N-Out, saying that those who support “freedom” should buy food or support any location nearby. The hashtag #DoNotComply has been trending on Twitter ever since.

Founded in 1948 and owned by successor Lynsey Snyder, In-N-Out has previously been at the center of controversy for donating, similar to Chick-fil-A, to the Republican Party. The New York Times has previously reported.

Contribution: The Associated Press

Follow Jordan Mendoza on Twitter: @jordan_mendoza5.

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