Customer arrested in New York City after trying to dine at Panera without his vaccine passport

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.

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.

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.

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.


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