A backlash ensued after a Huntington Beach, California restaurant owner posted flyers outside of his establishment and on social media that says that he refuses to serve customers that are unvaccinated, ABC5 reports. Even weirder, Basilico’s Pasta e Vino’s owner wants proof that his customers haven’t been vaccinated to be served, and I’m not sure how that works. Like, how do you prove you weren’t vaccinated? Well, I guess if you’re wearing a red MAGA hat, that might do it.
The flyers read: “Notice: Proof of being unvaccinated required. We have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-American stupidity. Thank you for pondering.”
The restaurant’s Facebook page is a hot mess.
Yelp reviews poured in. One reads, “Yelled at to get out because I wore my mask.. during a pandemic. Why the fuck does it matter if I choose to be safe. What’s the difference between wearing a mask and wearing pants. Won’t go near this place again.”
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Another Yelp user weighed in: “Ate here once before the pandemic, and honestly, the food was not that good…I believe in second chances, but given the owner’s stance on the pandemic and restrictions, I will never eat here again. Now they’re requiring proof that people are not vaccinated to dine there on third-rate Italian food? What a slap in the face to all those who died from COVID-19.”
The restaurant owner responded to the backlash in a Facebook post, writing, in part: “Here come the haters, and with it, the harassing non-stop phone calls, threats and hundreds of one star reviews. And guess what? We at Basilico’s Pasta e Vino wear it as a badge of honor.”
The post added: “We feel blessed to go into battle against all of you in defense of American liberty and freedom, so bring it on!”
Orange County COVID-19 case rates shows a rise in COVID-19 infections began almost immediately after the economy reopened on June 15, when the county’s Health Care Agency reported 191 cases. That number, according to ABC5, jumped up nearly 10 times a month later. The spike was mainly among unvaccinated people.
So, stay away from a business that only welcomes unvaccinated Americans. And also, one that wants proof that you aren’t vaccinated. After all, it’s impossible to prove that, so we can only assume that the restaurant owner isn’t a stable genius.
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