San Francisco’s only In-N-Out Burger location at Fisherman’s Wharf is offering up a side of rebellion with their burgers. A representative from the popular restaurant confirmed they had temporarily been shut down by the San Francisco Department of Public Health on Thursday, October 14 “because In-N-Out Burger Associates (employees) were not preventing the entry of customers who were not carrying proper vaccination documentation.”
In a statement from the company’s Chief Legal and Business Officer Arnie Wensinger, the company said it refused to comply with the requirement to act as “vaccination police.” The statement reads:
“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. 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.”
San Francisco’s Department of Public Health also confirmed the temporary October 14 closure saying it was the date health officials gave the restaurant in its final notice of violation and closure “for noncompliance with the Safer Return Together Health Order.”
The restaurant has since reopened, but for take-out only; indoor dining is unavailable. As of Wednesday evening, the restaurant was also in trouble with a second county. Contra Costa Health Services spokesman Karl Fischer said In-N-Out violated its progressive citation structure for repeat violators of the ordinance.
“Our records show that CCEH has issued a notice of violation on Oct. 5, followed by a notice of fine on Oct. 14 for $250, and a notice of fine on Oct. 19 for $500” said Fischer.