In-N-Out, the California-based fast-food chain noted for low prices, quality food, efficient & friendly service, and Scripture verses on its packaging, is rapidly adding another signifier to its persona. Namely, non-compliance with government overreach.
Maintaining a tradition noted earlier here on RedState by myself and Brandon Morse, In-N-Out, which owns Los Angeles and assorted suburbs in not dissimilar fashion to how Disneyland owns Anaheim, is defying via declining to enforce county mandates that it must ask all dining patrons to provide proof of COVID vaccination before being served.
This, as a local news reporter breathlessly reported, could result in fines of up to $5,000. Or, as In-N-Out refers to it, an average seven minutes at the drive-thru window during slow times of the day.
It's not like this should come as a shock to anyone familiar with either In-N-Out or California politics on any level. Be it on the state, county, city, or any other level, no one outdoes California politicos when it comes to killing the goose that lays the golden state's eggs used to fund guaranteed failure social engineering projects.
Although as of yet, Los Angeles County has not yet followed its northern partner in crime Contra Costa County's virus police measures that led In-N-Out to close its indoor dining facilities — in lieu of putting up with assorted health department mosquito pricks. One can easily see La-La Land's thirst for more money to flush away on whatever this week's pet project may be trying to bully the restaurant chain. This duly noted, even local bureaucrats might hesitate to move against the fast food behemoth.
In Southern California, In-N-Out is one of the four major food groups, and any move restricting access to its burgers and fries could well result in an outcry making the Crips versus Bloods look like a high tea social. Also, while as yet unconfirmed, it has been reported the chain will be adding Luke 22:36 to its existing verses on drink cups and such.
All in all, this is another example of common sense versus hysteria. COVID is real. The overreaction and personal freedom attacks/political power grabs in response? Even more so.
But fear not, Double-Double fans. Even if Los Angeles County moves against the crossed palm trees kingdom, Ron DeSantis has quietly issued an order making In-N-Out the official food supplier of his newly announced militia currently preparing to reverse Sherman's march through Georgia — (maybe) en route to Washington, D.C.