Few things are dividing Americans today as much as the issue of COVID-19 vaccines, as fear takes a firm hold on large segments of our society. The matter was not helped much when President Joe Biden went before the nation to essentially declare war on the unvaccinated.
A declaration that accompanied a federal vaccine mandate push that critics insist is unconstitutional. But then, the precedent was set in Democratic strongholds such as New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that residents will be required to show proof of at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to dine in a restaurant, workout at the gym or attend performances of the arts.
It was on that note that a New York City restaurant hostess was assaulted after asking a group of diners from Texas to prove they had been vaccinated before seating them, NBC News reported.
The incident took place Thursday at Carmine’s Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side, and was captured on video and shared online by NBC New York reporter Adam Harding.
In a statement, a Carmine’s spokesperson said: “It’s a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job — as required by city policies — and trying to make a living.”
Carmine’s on the UWS says a hostess was assaulted after asking a group for proof of Covid vaccine to eat inside. “It’s a shocking and tragic situation when one of our valued employees is assaulted for doing their job – as required by city policies…” @NBCNewYork after football. pic.twitter.com/xrqZoNm74R
— Adam Harding (@HardingReports) September 17, 2021
Three people, ages being 21, 44 and 49, were arrested after the scuffle broke out and now face charges. Police said the hostess was repeatedly punched and had a necklace broken.
In California, following Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom surviving a recall election which was precipitated in part by his heavy-handed response to the pandemic, Los Angeles County celebrated with its own vaccine mandate.
(With the state sending out millions of unsolicited mail-in ballots to registered voters, Democrats may never lose another election there.)
The county will require proof of vaccination at all indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs, and lounges under a health order “aimed at further armoring the region against the pandemic,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
Citing LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, the paper said a mandate will be issued by Friday requiring patrons and employees to have at least one dose by Oct. 7 and be fully vaccinated by Nov. 4. The county has a standing requirement for masks to be worn in indoor public settings.
“This is a reasonable path forward that will position us to be better able to break the cycle of surges,” Ferrer said.
What the mandates don’t address is that the vaccinated can still contract COVID-19 and that these breakthrough cases can infect others. The matter of natural immunity continues to be swept under the rug as well, even as the science begins to show more and more that natural immunity offers superior protection.
Social media users were supportive of the New York hostess, who was just doing her job — the real problem with these mandates is that it forces employees at these establishments to become enforcers.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Im so sorry for the hostess. She was just doing her job. These women should be ashamed. If they dont like the rules in NY stay out of NY. I hope they are prosecuted for assault and fined.
— Judy LaTorre (@JudyLaTorre6) September 17, 2021
This is F’ing ridiculous! These women would not try that crap if they were back in Texas! Per the report, they do not live that far from me, either.
— Bobby Don Welch (@Bobby_Don_Welch) September 17, 2021
I pray that this essential worker is ok. This was sadly predictable because the Mayor made an arbitrary date, without preparing workers and staff with necessary tools and backup to deal with this obvious inevitability = violence. pic.twitter.com/XRLljx3uCc
— Jan Lee (@janccrc) September 17, 2021
Hey I’m pro-vaccine and pro-following all the rules but this is what happens when you force a hostess to act as a security guard.
— The Mighty Pathos (@TheMightyPathos) September 17, 2021
Restaurants will need to start hiring bouncers soon. It is a shame that a hostess has to put up with this for simply enforcing the rules. Those people need to spend time in jail or should simply not visit NY.
— Mike Gasparino (@MikeGasparino) September 17, 2021
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