A Denny’s server exploded in anger and quit her job on the spot after anti-maskers insisted their religion exempts them from wearing masks.
The video was posted by “videos from Reddit” on YouTube recently. However, according to its date stamp, the event happened in September. Moreover, it was only recently that it became viral.
At the start of the video, the server, at first, told the men taking the video that they have to wear masks. However, the guys replied that their religious belief allows them to go around without masks. They also explained that that right is under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The statement, it seems, was the final straw for the woman. She stormed out of the store, saying she quits after slamming down the menus in frustration.
A few seconds later, a man who looks like the manager asked her to calm down before talking to the customers.
He told them that the law requires them to wear a mask. According to TMZ, the event apparently happened in Illinois.
A mask mandate for restaurants and bar patrons has been in effect in the state since August.
Mixed Reaction on the Denny’s Situation
The altercation at Denny’s has elicited different reactions from netizens.
Dita Parlow tweeted, the “no mask, no service” doesn’t seem like a stretch.
In fact, it’s just like the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy.
Hugh Wilson, on the other hand, thinks the Denny’s employee was indoctrinated or acting in fear.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Doesn’t Give You an Exemption to Endanger Other People
The situation at Denny’s should not really be up for debate right now.
The US has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases, and the highest death rate worldwide. That’s why doing all kinds of precautions is becoming more critical. Health matters and the science supporting it, in fact, should not be political.
Nelson Tebbe, a Cornell law school professor, told USA Today that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not apply to mask exemptions.
According to Tebbe, “requiring all customers to wear a mask is not discriminatory – it’s neutral.”
In fact, the information going around saying people can use this to get exemptions from mask rules is bogus.