After refusing to comply with San Francisco health mandates, popular west-coast fast food restaurant In-N-Out was forced to close one of its indoor dining locations.
The shutdown was prompted by a city investigation due to a complaint, according to MSN.
This complaint resulted in an inspection, which found that the restaurant was not asking for vaccination cards. Eventually, public health authorities forced the In-N-Out to shut down.
According to an updated MSN report, the same restaurant is now continuing to defy the city’s rules, including vaccine mandates.
An In-N-Out spokesperson has claimed that there are signs stating that indoor dining is closed. This, however, contradicts what reporters say they have witnessed.
“We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out’s legal and business officer states.
“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,” continued Wensinger.
Wensinger also believes that the health mandates are a “clear governmental overreach.”
In-N-Out has donated to Republican candidates, including former President Donald Trump, and supported the effort to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
While the restaurant claims it is abiding by the city’s health mandates, their stance on the rules is clear.
Many San Franciscans supported the city’s decision to shutdown the restaurant’s indoor dining capabilities.
This is perhaps an expected reaction from the city, which voted 85% in favor of Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Meanwhile, former Vice President Mike Pence has shown support for the chain by tweeting a photo of himself eating at the restaurant.
It is unclear what the public health department’s next course of action will be.