In-N-Out Burger Restaurants Shut Down For Refusing to Check Customers’ Papers

October 28, 2021 at 3:01 am

California restaurant chain says it refuses to act as “papers-checking police for any government”

A second In-N-Out restaurant in Northern California was shut down indefinitely on Tuesday by a county health department for “not preventing the entry of customers who were not carrying proper waxination documentation.”

Last week, the chain’s San Francisco location was shut down temporarily and then allowed to reopen for takeout only.

Yesterday the Pleasant Hill location was forced to close indefinitely, a month after neighboring Contra Costa County joined San Francisco in mandating restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses to require proof of waxination or a negative test for all patrons 12 and older.

Los Angeles County is expected to pass a similar mandate Nov. 8, meaning another dozen In-N-Out locations will also likely be shut down.

The California fast-food chain made headlines recently for announcing it refused 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,” Arnie Wensinger, the company’s chief legal and business officer, said in a statement to Changing America.

“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.”