New York City continues to look like any place but America as residents flouting draconian coronavirus mandates trigger police action and face arrest.
A new video shared on social media showed a man being arrested in a Brooklyn, New York Panera Bread after protesting as he dared to try ordering food reportedly unmasked and without proof of vaccination.
The video, shot by Leeroy Johnson and shared on Twitter, showed the extreme response to the incident as officers from the New York Police Department descended upon the scene to arrest the man who was described as an anti-mandate activist who had already been arrested twice last week for defying the city’s vaccine mandates.
“Disgusting and Un-American,” U.S. Representative Thomas Massie of Kentucky wrote in a tweet sharing Johnson’s video.
Disgusting and Un-American: https://t.co/qNXDGsvGON
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 20, 2021
According to Johnson’s caption, the man at the center of the Panera incident is an anti-vaccine mandate activist and an Army veteran. He allegedly attempted to get food at eateries two other times last week and got arrested then as well, according to Johnson.
Twitter reactions to the video ranged from shock to justified anger, though some noted that the man was arrested actually because of trespassing and others felt he got what he deserved.
Private businesses can refuse service for anything they want. What’s disgusting and un-American is creating a dangerous scene where you KNOW you aren’t welcome.
— Lisa says (@brunofan2012) December 20, 2021
It seems this latest incident is hardly a rare sighting in New York City these days. Adding to his existing proof of COVID vaccine requirement for all indoor restaurants, gyms, and entertainment locations, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an update that will now include all children between the ages of 5 and 11 being required to show proof of vaccination.
But some New Yorkers are fighting back, as Johnson noted in another video shared on Twitter showing the law enforcement response to a sit-in being held at an Applebee’s restaurant last week.
“The #NYPD was ordered to show up to the restaurant with a small army to remove Activists from ordering food from a vaxed only restaurant,” the tweet explained.
More from the arrests that happened at Applebee’s in queens center mall after Protesters against mandates did sit in pic.twitter.com/V5XX20XQry
— Leeroy Johnson (@LeeroyPress) December 16, 2021
Twitter users expressed their outrage over the surreal scene at the Brooklyn Panera Bread location, with some noting how some of the arresting NYPD officers seemed to be maskless themselves.
In NYC you can rob someone and steal merchandise from a store but eating in a restaurant unvxd is a crime?
— AsTroMFKR ❁ (@AsTroFKR) December 19, 2021
NYC is turning into Australia in a hurry, and the police just keep “doing their job” 🙄
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) December 19, 2021
Note to @NYPDShea when your officers arrest someone (hoping to be filmed while being arrested) for not wearing a mask. Make sure your officers are wearing masks while making the arrest in a restaurant of a person not wearing a mask in a restaurant. #optics #hypocracy
— John Metcalfe (@lamafat) December 20, 2021
This can not be real
— April Biscuits non complier (@AprilWild28) December 19, 2021
I didn’t realize one man’s quest for a turkey sandwich, that turns into trespassing, required quite that many police.
— Ryan Keller (@RyanKel77363616) December 20, 2021
Australia might as well annex NYC.
— jordan (@jortron) December 19, 2021
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