Anti-vaccines have the right to protest outside local government buildings, of course, but I draw the line when they try to attack the most coveted institutions in our country. Four people were arrested by the NYPD on Wednesday after protesting against vaccination warrants at Applebee’s in Queens, according to Insider.
And they weren’t an innocent family trying to savor boneless buffalo wings, either. These people appeared to be part of a loosely organized group that went to different restaurants in the Queens Center shopping mall just to sit down, taunt staff and refuse to leave.
Videos on Social media showed the four protesters handcuffed as their supporters shouted for freedom and chanted ‘shame on you’ (on epidemiology? But Applebee’s is an American institution where science-savvy citizens like me should be able to go and eat double shrimp crunching and dizzy on Long Island iced teas without fear of catching COVID. My question to the protesters is: where is your shame?
The bottom line is that a day earlier, six anti-vaccine crusaders were arrested outside the Cheesecake Factory in the same mall, according to Bloomberg. The Applebee fiasco has sparked outrage in this community and it looks like they’ve returned to the mall for the second round.
I’m not sure exactly why these protests are happening now, given that New York City has required proof of vaccination at most covered facilities since September. Maybe they’re fed up with cooking all their meals at home, or they’re fed up with driving to Applebee’s in New Jersey, but the point is, we’re starting to get so fed up with their actions. let them say it with the warrants.
Look, I’m not a big fan of fast food and I don’t really defend Cheesecake Factory or Applebee’s (which, by the way, needs to change the name of their Oriental Chicken Salad ASAP). What worries me is that if these sit-ins start happening at other indoor establishments where vaxx mandates are in place, they’re going to start messing things up for the very rest of us. quickly. Already what appears to be a new, extremely transmissible variant is emerging and we actually need to start getting our boosters ASAP. I’m sure I’m not keen on another lockdown, so pretty please anti-vaccine take this somewhere else.