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San Francisco Closes In-N-Out Burger After Company Says They Won't Act as 'Vaccination Police for Any Government'


San Francisco has closed a location of the wildly popular In-N-Out Burger chain after the company refused to act as “vaccination police for any government.”

The burger giant would not comply with the city’s vaccine requirement that went into place on August 20.

The restaurant near Fisherman’s Wharf was temporarily closed on October 14 by the San Francisco Department of Public Health because “employees were not properly checking for customers’ vaccination documentation.”

“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,” In-N-Out Chief Legal & Business Officer Arnie Wensinger said in a statement. “We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is a clear government overreach.”

According to the city mandate, “all restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms and large indoor events” must “obtain proof of vaccination from patrons and employees to protect against the coronavirus.”

According to a statement from health officials, they had first visited the location on September 24, telling the chain that they must comply with the mandate. They returned on October 6 to find that the restaurant was still refusing to do so and issued a notice of violation.

“Since then, public health inspectors had attempted multiple times to bring the business into compliance with the health order. In-N-Out Burger had not complied by the time the final Notice of Violation and a Notice of Closure was issued,” the department said in a statement.

On October 14, the restaurant was issued a Notice of Closure, which “instructed to cease all operations on site immediately because of the threat it poses to public health.”

The chain has since reopened with indoor dining remaining unavailable, the company said in a statement to Newsweek.

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13 responses to “San Francisco Closes In-N-Out Burger After Company Says They Won’t Act as ‘Vaccination Police for Any Government’”

  1. CalDelt says:

    I’m in the drive thru now. Company run by granddaughter of the founders and she’s badass.

  2. CalDelt says:

    Not a franchise. All company owned. They could move HQ but closing all the stores would be insane.

  3. CalDelt says:

    There are zero In N Out franchises. All company run by badass Lynsi Snyder.

  4. Devilsgun says:

    Perhaps it’s time to set up a fund for brave black activists to use to go dine out while filming the experience? Otherwise this all gets swept under the rug.

  5. UppityG says:

    Ditto!

  6. UppityG says:

    Wrong. It means they can still serve people who dine on the patio or use the drive-thru without demanding their papers.

    Man, an In-N-Out double double right now would really hit the spot.

  7. prcntm says:

    “The chain has since reopened with indoor dining remaining unavailable” meaning, they caved. Just set up shop in a state that allows you to operate the way you wish.

  8. Feddy_Von_Wigglestein says:

    All it takes is one viral video of a black person being denied service for this to collapse. That’s the wobbly ground the leftist ideology is based on. Pillars of sand.

  9. JohnNelson says:

    I know a lot of college kids who got a fullride who spend all their money on fast-food. If the fast food companies start leaving then we will see a switch up real fast. I can’t understand how so many people can just waste their financial aid they get.

  10. TuckR8 says:

    I understand only one franchise is involved in this story, but In-N-Out should leave CA if they really want to make a statement. The people of CA seem to want authoritarianism, so let them have it good and hard.

  11. pandusa says:

    Me too !

  12. In N Out has always been based. I will have one tonight. Double Double all the way.

  13. StephenLonghi says:

    If I lived anywhere near that In-N-Out Burger I would purchase from them every day for fighting the fascist government.