Restaurant staff seeking proof of vaccination receive threats, verbal abuse – CBC

Restaurant owner in Rockland, east of Ottawa, says customer threatened to destroy the place

Sep 23, 2021

Bill Mahfouz arrived at his restaurant Wednesday to find his long-time server dealing with an irate customer, who threatened to fill his pickup truck with bricks and come back to destroy the restaurant that’s been in Mahfouz’s family for more than 30 years.

The customer did not approve of showing his proof of vaccination, which was required beginning that day.

“I’m still shaking, you know, at 8:30 in the morning to be hit with this. It’s unnerving and to see my staff having to deal with this, this was our biggest fear from the beginning,” Mahfouz said.

Restaurants, gyms and theatres are among the Ontario businesses who now need to screen customers for proof of vaccination, and it didn’t take long for some to report confrontational customers who had to be turned away at the door.

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